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Course summary

The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2022). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas. MSc The MSc by Research in Pharmacology offers a very wide range of topics. This programme aims to train students in the general area of cardiovascular pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, and neuropharmacology & signalling. In the first instance, applicants are strongly advised to visit the department's website to identify potential supervisors based on their research area of interest. Selecting the correct research project is a hugely important first step, so it is recommended that you contact potential supervisors directly to discuss possibilities before you apply online for a place on the course. You will be admitted directly to a particular research area led by departmental members who will be appointed MSc by Research supervisors. Students who have been admitted to a particular research supervisor will not normally do laboratory rotations. You will be based in a research lab and undertake research on a subject agreed with your supervisor. DPhil The DPhil in Pharmacology offers a wide range of cutting-edge research topics within a multi-disciplinary and world-renowned department (ranked number 1 by subject since 2019 in the QS World Ranking), from calcium signalling to cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology and medicinal chemistry. This course is taking part in a continuing pilot programme to improve the selection procedure for graduate applications, in order to ensure that all candidates are evaluated fairly. For this course, the socio-economic data you provide in the application form will be used to contextualise the shortlisting and decision-making processes where it has been provided. Please carefully read the instructions concerning submission of your CV/résumé in the How to apply section of this page, as well as the full details about this pilot. This programme aims to train students in the general areas of:

  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Signalling.
Within each area, cutting-edge laboratory research techniques will be used including biophysical approaches to the study of ion channels, electrophysiology, high resolution microscopy, molecular biology, systems biology all across a broad range of sub-disciplines including cell biology, calcium channels and signalling, medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, vascular pharmacology, circadian rhythms, rare diseases, lysosomal and sphingolipid disorders, neuronal circuits, synaptic plasticity and pharmacology, neuropsychopharmacology and molecular biology. A typical day/week in each year of the course in the first two to three years will mostly focus on direct research and lab work, but will also require reading of the literature, attendance at departmental seminars, lab meetings and skills training. Once sufficient progress has been made, laboratory research will taper off and efforts will focus on data analysis and thesis preparation. For a DPhil, your research will be carried out at Oxford under the supervision of a member of academic staff. You will work within their research group on an agreed project at the forefront of the subject. If you are interested in joining the department as a DPhil student, you are strongly encouraged to look at the Department of Pharmacology's current research to help identify the most suitable area of research. Selecting the correct research project is a hugely important first step, so it is recommended that you contact potential supervisors and the Director of Graduate Studies to discuss possibilities before you apply online for a place on the course.


Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

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Pharmacology at University of Oxford - UCAS