Research course

Physiology and Pharmacology Ph.D. program

University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio · University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio

Entry requirements

Completion of a Bachelor's or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from another institution. Completion of two years of undergraduate biology, one year each of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and at least one semester of calculus. Overall GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Months of entry


Course content

The Physiology and Pharmacology Discipline integrates the study of fundamental mechanisms of normal and disease function at the molecular, cellular and organ/system levels to spur discoveries; leading to new and improved treatments for human disease.

We engage in scientific discovery to elucidate biological processes, explore the pathophysiological basis of disease and identify novel therapeutic strategies for restoring normal function.

This innovative perspective, along with a collaborative and collegial environment allows students the opportunity to do cutting-edge research that is not constrained by traditional departmental boundaries. Internationally recognized research expertise is assembled in areas of:

  • Cardiovascular physiology;
  • Neurophysiology;
  • Physiological basis of aging;
  • Neuropharmacology and mental health research
  • Cancer pharmacology;
  • Diabetes;
  • Addiction;
  • Pain research

Department specialisms

Areas of Research Excellence Include: Physiological Basis of Aging Cancer Therapeutics Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Pain Cardiovascular Physiology Neuropharmacology and Mental Health Neurophysiology Neuroimmunology Endocrinology: obesity, diabetes, stress responsivity

Information for international students

The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 68 for iBT. The minimum score for the academic version of the IELTS test is 6.5. Scores for either test must have been taken within two years of applying for admission.

Fees and funding

Students receive a stipend of $26,000. Tuition, fees, and basic student health insurance are covered by the program. Typically tuition is covered by the program in the first year and by faculty mentor or other grant sources thereafter.

Qualification and course duration


full time
60 months

Course contact details

Charlotte Anthony