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MPhil in Biological Science (Pharmacology)

MPhil in Biological Science (Pharmacology)

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Full time | University of Cambridge | 1 year | 17-APR-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Pharmacology Pharmacy Biology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The MPhil is assessed by a written thesis and by an oral examination and is suited to those who wish to pursue research at a level beyond that of an undergraduate degree and will give a good basic training in laboratory work. It is not suitable for candidates who wish to undertake a master's degree with major and examined course components in order to enhance their undergraduate training.

The course introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main aims are:

  • to give students with relevant experience at the first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focused research in the discipline under close supervision; and
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.

In addition to the research training provided within the department, as part of the Graduate School of Life Sciences students will have access to courses to widen their experience and to enable them to acquire generic skills.

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.


The examination for the one-year full-time or two-year part-time degree of Master of Philosophy in Biological Science (Pharmacology) consists of a thesis, of not more than 20,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices and an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2.1 Honours Degree. Honours degree in Pharmacology or a related subject including Cellular or Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology and Neuroscience is required.