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Full time | University of Cambridge | 3 years | 17-APR-23

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Pharmacy Pharmacology

Course type


Course Summary

During this three-year research programme, students undertake a period of supervised research and are expected to submit a thesis for examination within their fourth year at the latest. Students also attend relevant lectures and seminars and participate in skills development activities.

The course does not include a one-year master’s degree. Students are provisionally registered for the first year of study. Progression beyond the first year requires performance at a sufficient level to satisfy the Departmental Graduate Education Committee that the student is likely to complete the PhD within the expected time.

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

  • to give students with relevant experience the opportunity to carry out focussed research in the discipline under 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.


Assessment is by a written thesis of not more than 60,000 words and by an oral examination. The thesis is not to exceed 60,000 words (80,000 by special permission) excluding bibliography, figures, appendices etc.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2.1 Honours Degree. They need honours degree in Pharmacology or a related subject including Cellular or Molecular Biology will be considered.