TIPT Academic Programs

Pharmaceutical Research & Development Technology

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(Integrated Co-Op)

Credential Awarded: Ontario Post-Graduate Diploma
Program Duration: Approx. 52 Weeks 
Start Dates: January 30, March 27, June 19 and September 18
Schedule: Mon – Thu: 9:00am – 3:30pm, Fri: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Your Career Option

In this program, you will learn and acquire specialized knowledge and practical skills required to function as a Pharmaceutical Formulation Technologist, Pharmaceutical Formulation Chemist or Product Development Scientist in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, cosmetics, and other life-science industries. Pharmaceutical Formulation Scientists are professionals responsible for developing drug formulations, testing to ensure it delivers the drug in the desired manner and conducting experimental scale-up and process validation to assure it can be manufactured on a large scale. Formulation technologists and scientists also assist the Company develop valuable intellectual property and technologies required to effectively create and develop innovative drug products. 

Graduates of this program enjoy a high percentage employment rate and work for both multinational and generic company employers such as GSK, Apotex, Biovail, Teva, Patheon, Novopharm, AstraZeneca, Pharmascience, Amgen, and Taro pharmaceuticals. They also find employment in biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and advanced-drug delivery companies. 

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Our Program

In this program, you will learn and acquire specialized knowledge and practical skills required to function as a Pharmaceutical Formulation Technologist, Pharmaceutical Formulation Chemist or Product Development Scientist in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, cosmetics, and other life-science industries. Pharmaceutical Formulation Scientists are professionals responsible for developing drug formulations, testing to ensure it delivers the drug in the desired manner and conducting experimental scale-up and process validation to assure it can be manufactured on a large scale. Formulation technologists and scientists also assist the Company develop valuable intellectual property and technologies required to effectively create and develop innovative drug products. Graduates of this program enjoy a high percentage employment rate and work for both multinational and generic company employers such as GSK, Apotex, Biovail, Teva, Patheon, Novopharm, AstraZeneca, Pharmascience, Amgen, and Taro pharmaceuticals. They also find employment in biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and advanced-drug delivery companies. 

Practical Experience (Integrated Co-op)

A unique and highly successful aspect of our program is the didactic component that all students receive industry standard “work experience” in our own GMP facility. Throughout the program, various practical projects expose the student to pharmaceutical industry standard equipment and instrumentation and lets students apply their skills and knowledge in a real-world work setting. 

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biological, Applied or Health Science, Chemistry, Pharmacy, some areas in Life Sciences or a related field. A GPA average of B or 3.0 is recommended.
  • Internationally-educated individuals must have the equivalent of a Canadian Bachelor of Science degree. Degrees completed outside of Canada must be evaluated by one of the following - International Credential Assessment Service, University of Toronto Comparative Education Service or World Education Service.
  • Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.