Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacy

Academic Departments


The Department of Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacy plays an active teaching role in both the College of Medicine & Health Sciences’ curricula as well as in the College of Nursing’s educational program. The Department also offers a Master’s degree in Clinical Pharmacy, a Doctoral degree in Clinical Pharmacy and contributes to the teaching of other Master’s courses.

  • Undergraduate:
  • Postgraduate Programs 


At the undergraduate level, the Department’s teaching concentrates on the mechanisms by which drugs affect various biological systems and functions, as well as the actions of drugs on pathological processes. The Department contributes to undergraduate teaching in Phase I and Phase II of the M.D. program and coordinates courses in Phase I as well as in Phase II. The Department continues to contribute to the College of Nursing courses; Basic Pharmacology and Dosage Calculations and Pharmacology for Nurses are delivered in both semesters. The Department also delivers and coordinates two University elective courses, Nutrients, Medicines and Narcotics and History of Medicine.

The Department delivers lectures and tutorials for the following courses: Cellular Communication and Introduction to Drug Action; Response to Infection and Pathobiology; Alimentary System; Respiratory System; Haemopoetic Lymphoid Immune System; Cardiovascular System; Uro-reproductive System; Endocrine System; Locomotor System; Nervous System, and Research Methodology I and II. Also, the Department is involved in case tutorials for Integrated Modules I, II and III. The Department is also supervising 10 undergraduate research projects each semester. In Phase III of the M.D. programme, the Department continues to be involved in the Pre-clerkship programme. Topics for supportive learning topics (SLT) were delivered to the students in collaboration with Department of Pharmacy at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH). In 2013, the Department started the programme for the Senior Clerkship students; the SLT in Therapeutics, which was designed by the Department, is delivered over one full week, six times a year. The Department is also involved in the Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Behavioral Medicine Senior Clerkship clinical rotations.

In the B.Sc. Biomedical Sciences program, the Department contributes to teaching of ‘Diagnostic Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug monitoring’ course. Also, the Department offers a course “Basic Pharmacology and Nutrition’ to College of Agriculture students.


Courses Coordinated by the Department:

  • Cellular Communication and Introduction to Drug Action (MEDI2109)
  • Cardiovascular System (MEDI4204)
  • Pre-Clerkship – SLT Pharmacology
  • Senior Clerkship – SLT Therapeutics


  • Pharmacology I (NURS2125)
  • Pharmacology II (NURS2135)



  • College of Agriculture (Nutrition)
  • Basic Pharmacology and Nutrition (PHAR2001)

The Department plays an active role in teaching in the Master’s program in Biomedical Sciences. The Department also offers MSc and PhD degrees in Clinical Pharmacy.

  • MSc:

Clinical Pharmacy program extends for two years (four semesters). During the first year, students will be offered core courses (Research Method and Critical Analysis of Scientific Information, and Statistics and Computers), major courses (Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Clinical Pharmacy I and II, and Pharmacoeconomics), and elective courses. They are also assigned clinical placement in the major medical disciplines. In the second year, students carry out, under supervision, a research project that will require a written thesis for submission and oral presentation for evaluation.

The program’s degree plan is shown in the table below.


MSc Degree Plan

Credit Required                        24

College Requirements                  6

Major Requirements                   12

Elective Courses                         6

Thesis                                         0



Course Code

Course Title





College Requirements


Research Method & Critical Reading of Scientific Literature





Statistics and Computers




Major Requirements


Pharmacokinetic & Therapeutic Drug Monitoring





Clinical Pharmacy I





Clinical Pharmacy II





Introduction to Pharmacoeconomics









Elective Courses (2 courses, 6 credits)













  • PhD:

PhD Clinical Pharmacy program normally takes four years. The candidates are required to produce a thesis containing original work of suitable merit to demonstrate their command of the relevant research methodology and their ability to undertake independent research. This is to enable clinical pharmacist to design and perform a pharmacy practice research, and to make effective and safe use of medicine.