UBC Pharmacology emphasizes the experimental and laboratory aspects of pharmacology through the ability to search for information, design appropriate experiments, and carry out experiments individually. When Pharmacology students participate in UBC Science Co-op, they have the opportunity to advance their studies through placements that incorporate an exciting and diverse set of lab skills, research experience, and industry experience. There are many specialties within the general discipline of pharmacology, and being part of UBC Science Co-op provides a foundation from which students are well-prepared and best able to achieve success after graduation.

Application Deadlines

Apply in Year Application Deadline Date
3 Monday, October 3, 2022


We’ll run you through the application requirements, and then you’ll be prompted to create an account in SCOPE, the UBC Science Co-op Information System.

Application Requirements

  • Have a minimum average of around B- (68%)
  • Be a full-time UBC (Vancouver) student in good academic standing in mathematics, English and the sciences
  • Demonstrate good communication skills, and a responsible, mature attitude
  • Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and time management
  • Demonstrate interest in your chosen field
  • Be flexible and willing to accept a work placement outside the Lower Mainland

Work-Term Schedules

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2        -
2 Study Term 3 Study Term 4        -
3 Study Term 5 Study Term 6 Work Term 1
4 Work Term 2 Work Term 3 Work Term 4
5 Study Term 7 Study Term 8        -

The above schedule is highly recommended by the Co-op Program in order for students to complete their program within the shortest time frame. Alternate scheduling is available in consultation with your Co-op Coordinator.  

Sample Jobs and Companies

Centre for Drug Research and Development
Pharmacology & Toxicology Co-op Reporting to the Head, Pharmacology, student assists with biological and biochemical studies in a variety of cell lines and disease models as well student will provide support for in vivo studies. Responsibilities include working with the team in the development and conduct of ADME/Toxicology assays, generate, analyze, and present data related to in vitro models of metabolism, toxicity, bioavailability, and drug-drug interactions of novel therapeutics, and assists in the development and conduct of bio-analytical assays supporting in vivo studies.
Vancouver General Hospital
Prostate Centre - Research in Experimental Therapeutics Co-op The successful candidate will work on an exciting project characterizing novel inhibitors of the androgen receptor, a well validated target in prostate cancer. Using a comprehensive approach of in silico compound identification, biochemical and cell based screening, and in vivo toxicity, pharmacokinetics and efficacy studies, the team aims to move candidate compounds to clinical trials. The position will provide excellent training in a highly motivated team environment that encompasses all aspects of drug development Responsibilities include assisting in vivo testing of novel androgen receptor inhibitors and being exposed to a variety of research areas and techniques including mouse tumour modeling, drug administration, collecting and processing serum and tumour samples, and measuring and imaging tumour growth.


We’ll run you through the application requirements, and then you’ll be prompted to create an account in SCOPE, the UBC Science Co-op Information System.

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