Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences postgraduate research degrees
Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences postgraduate research degrees
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.
Find out about our PhD, MPhil, MD, Professional Doctorate and PhD by Publication opportunities in Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.
Pharmacy, Pharmacology & Biomedical Sciences PhDs and MPhils
Explore our pre-approved funded and self-funded PhD projects in Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences, or submit your own research idea.
PhD and MPhil projects
- Sphingosine-1-phosphate metabolism and signalling in brainstem development and paediatric brainstem glioma: mapping spatial and temporal tumour microenvironment aimed at therapeutic discovery
- Understanding and predicting the interactions of narcotic and pharmaceutical mixtures using the zebrafish model
- An in-vivo but non-animal test system for cell recruitment and cell integration into the heart
- The role of P2X7 purinoceptor-bacteria interactions in the pathophysiology and treatment of Periodontitis
- The role of Gas6 as a mediator of repair in demyelinating disease of the CNS
- Targeting the GAS6-Tam receptor signalling pathway in cancer
- High-Throughput Discovery of Novel Antibiotics
- Design Synthesis and Biochemical Evaluation
- Nanoparticles for Imaging and Drug Delivery Applications
- The role of membrane transport in microbal pathogenesis
- Molecular Mechanisms to Ensure Long-term Healthy Outcomes from Faecal Transplants
- Validation of potassium channels from pathogenic fungi as promising new targets for antifungal therapies
- Developing self-assembled peptide nanomaterials as targeted endocrine therapies for tumours
- Developing Novel Approaches to Muscle Disease
- The integration of signalling cascades in synovial joints – a role for Dact genes?
- Genetic-proteomic Analyses of P2X7 Receptors in Health and Disease
- Assessing the Potential Value of Repurposing Tricyclic Antidepressants
- Nasal Delivery of Peptide Nanofibers for Acute Ischaemic Stroke
- Implications of mitochondrial redox status and mitophagy in cancer cells survival
MD (Doctor of Medicine)
An MD is for qualified medical professionals who want to gain a research degree. From lab-based to qualitative research methods, you'll draw on your clinical expertise. You can apply to start an MD in October or February.
If you're a working professional interested in pursuing work-based research in the field of Pharmacy or Biomedical Sciences find out more about our Professional Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm), or Biomedical Sciences (DBMS).
PhD by Publication
A PhD by publication is a postgraduate research degree based on research you've already undertaken and had published (excluding self-publishing) before registering with us.
Eligible research outputs include peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed. You'll have to submit these materials for examination between 6-12 months after registering with us.
For more information, please visit our PhD by Publication page.
Duration, fees and funding
What do my tuition fees cover?
If you're self-funding your PhD, you'll pay tuition fees to the University to cover course and university costs.
Your tuition fees cover:
- The cost of your postgraduate research programme* at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision, and examinations
- Bespoke training, professional development courses, networking, and research support through The Graduate School
- Research seminars and workshops (university-wide and faculty-specific)
- A contribution to funding to attend a conference or development activity in your research field
- Tailor-made weekly and monthly events, including weekly, themed experienced researcher-led talks and workshops
- Helping you become part of our thriving research community, including Research and Innovation services where 78% of our research impact was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in REF 2014
- Your graduation ceremony
- Viva examination and administration costs
- The facilities and equipment you need to complete your studies, such as computer rooms, access to laptops, the Library, and laboratories
- Access to resources including electronic journals, alternative guide to funding, and thousands of hours of educational videos on LinkedIn Learning
- University support services including academic, financial, careers and wellbeing support and personal tutors
- Membership of the Students' Union (giving you the right to vote in elections, join clubs and societies, and get free independent advice)
- Access to software such as Microsoft Office, SPSS and Adobe Creative Suite (this includes Photoshop, InDesign, and Adobe Premiere Pro)
*Please note that some research programmes may come with additional bench fees.
How long will my research degree take?
- MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
- PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
- PhD by Publication: 1 year part-time
- MD: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
How much will my research degree cost?
2021/2022 fees (applicable for October 2021 and February 2022 start)
PhD, MPhil and MD
- Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,500 p/a*
- Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,250 p/a*
- International full-time students: £17,600 p/a*
- International part-time students: £8,800 p/a*
PhD by Publication
- External candidates: £4,500 p/a*
- Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,720 p/a
*All fees are subject to annual increase. If you are an EU student starting a programme in 2021/22 please visit this page.
Some PhD projects may include additional fees – known as bench fees – for equipment and other consumables, and these will be added to your standard tuition fee. Speak to the supervisory team during your interview about any additional fees you may have to pay. Please note, bench fees are not eligible for discounts and are non-refundable.
MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.
PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan.
For information on other sources of funding, visit our funding your postgraduate research degree page.
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.
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.
Find out more about the work we're doing in our 5 areas of expertise in Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences.
We're investigating targeted drug delivery systems using nanoparticles, finding new ways to deliver active molecules in medicines to the right part of the body – at the right time, in the right amounts – and identifying drugs that can be 'repurposed' to treat other diseases.
We're exploring the molecules and molecular processes that cause diseases, and working to develop better treatments.
We're looking at the architecture and function of the nervous system – and how it relates to development, normal health, and neurological disorders.