Research course

Pharmacy and Biomedical Science

University of Portsmouth · School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

If you want to further your research in Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences, Portsmouth is the ideal place to continue your journey. Among the University Alliance group of 25 universities, we're in the top 3 for research in the subject of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy (REF 2014).

Our Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences research focuses on growing our understanding of how the body functions in health, how it malfunctions in disease, and the genetic and molecular drivers of physical and mental illnesses.

We're researching the molecular, cellular, physiological and behavioural processes occurring in the body at times of health and disease. We're identifying and characterising the biomarkers of disease, and helping develop new drugs from initial discovery to clinical application with our partners in industry.

Much of our research takes place at the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences (IBBS) where the majority of our research was rated world-leading or internationally as excellent in REF 2014. Some of our successful projects at IBBS include researching microporous materials for environmental and drug delivery, sperm freezing to reduce the use of animals in research, and developing endoscopy methods and training to improve patient outcomes.

As a postgraduate research degree student, you'll join our collaborative research community, help find new, more effective treatments for patients, and play your part in turning knowledge into impact.


Drug Delivery:

Through our drug delivery research, we're helping to create targeted, safe and effective medicines to positively impact patients' lives. We're engineering and developing translatable nanomedicines and new targeted treatments for brain diseases and tumours, and nano-enabled medicines that improve the ability of existing anti-infective drugs to treat infectious and parasitic diseases.


Only over the last decade have we begun to understand the critical importance of microbes that are present within our localised environment. These communities of microbes, often referred to as microbiomes, can be advantageous or detrimental to human health.

There's a pressing need to discover or refine tools to enhance beneficial microbes within our local environments – and the removal of harmful microbes from these environments is also of critical importance.


Our neurobiology research explores the structural and molecular makeup and the difference between how healthy and diseased nervous systems function. We’re researching the biology of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders to understand more about the interaction between molecular (genetic, epigenetic) and environmental (stress, toxins) factors that cause these conditions to manifest.



The Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (IBBS) serves as a focus for multidisciplinary research in the biomedical sciences, including both fundamental studies and applied research in the molecular biosciences. Molecular biology is supported by a dedicated molecular modelling centre, a 600 MHz NMR facility, as well as apparatus for DNA profiling and array analysis, while mass spectrometer and gas chromatography/mass spectrometers are available for detailed sample analyses.


The University of Portsmouth Imaging Centre (UPIC) brings together the wide variety of advanced microscopy techniques available in the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science. The Centre has a purpose-built Microscopy Imaging Suite, which houses the atomic force microscope, live cell imaging microscope, total internal reflectance microscope and laser capture micro dissection apparatus. Various other microscopes, including three confocal instruments, are located close by in dedicated rooms.

What can a Postgraduate Research degree do for my career?

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

After researching with us, our successful postgraduate research candidates have gone on to impressive positions in a variety of fields.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research - Science
023 9284 2994