Research course

Pharmacy and Biomedical Science

University of Portsmouth · School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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

October, February

Course content

Why take this course?

The School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science is one of the University's strongest areas of research - in the most recent research assessment round, Portsmouth was in the top three for funding in England in the subject Allied Health Professions & Studies. Our researchers are contributing to the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences (IBBS) where the majority of the research was rated internationally as excellent or world-leading.

The major strengths of our current research portfolio lie in: Molecular Medicine (including oncology, the neurosciences and inherited diseases such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy) and Medicines Research (including drug development, targeting, safety, uses of natural products within medicine). Research in the field of Biomedical, Biomolecular science and Pharmacy can be closely linked to: Health Sciences and Social Work, Psychology and Biology.

Research centres:


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.

Module Details


Research areas include:

  • Controlled and targeted drug delivery
  • Bioadhesion/mucoadhesion
  • Biomolecular recognition
  • Bioadhesion control

Research areas include:

  • Investigation of the role of pharmacy in health and wellbeing support (e.g. Healthy Living Pharmacy)
  • Development and evaluation of new approaches to pharmacy education
  • Risk management and pharmacovigilance

Research areas include:

  • Investigating mechanisms and biomarkers of lung inflammation in cystic fibrosis
  • Novel strategies to improve inhaled drug delivery and novel inhibitors of neutrophil elastase, glial cells in the brain, including oligodendroglia and their precursors in Multiple Sclerosis
  • Primary brain tumours as well as astrocytic response to various neuropathological conditions
  • Roles of tensins in cancer and in neuronal/glial cell biology
  • Electrophysiology and biochemistry of ion channels, as well as their roles in the cellular physiology of human health and disease
  • The neural and hormonal mechanisms involved in the regulation of food intake and obesity
  • The mechanisms underpinning CNS disorders, such as dementia, depression and anxiety, as well as disorders of the gut, such as colitis and irritable bowl syndrome

Research areas include:

  • Molecular and genetic medicine, e.g. neuromuscular disease and neuronal function in disease, with particular emphasis on the molecular pathology of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the role of dystrophin and related proteins
  • Control of neuronal identity and axon guidance in the early brain
  • The genetic programming of muscle differentiation
  • Using Xenopus and chicken as model organisms, aimed at establishing the role of genes that are important in developmental processes

Student Destinations

Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time students: £TBC p/a, Part-time students: £TBC p/a *All fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
International full-time students: £15,100 p/a* International part-time students: £7,550 p/a* *All fees are subject to annual increase

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Research Team - Faculty of Science
023 9284 2994