Research course

Pharmacy and Biomedical Science

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

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Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a PhD, MPhil, MD or Professional Doctorate include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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 Biological and Biomedical 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.

Support and facilities

When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

As a postgraduate researcher, facilities you can use include our microscope suite, cell culture facilities, molecular biology laboratories, microscope software, and our radioisotope facility.

Depending on your research project, you could work in our European Xenopus Resource Centre, which supports researchers using Xenopus models. The Centre is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). Researchers are encouraged to deposit Xenopus transgenic and mutant lines, Xenopus in situ hybridisation probes, Xenopus specific antibodies and Xenopus expression clones.

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.

Fees and funding

For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/funding-your-research-degree

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

Name
Postgraduate Research - Science
Email
sci-pgr-enquiries@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 2994