Pharmacy MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Drug discovery: antimicrobials, natural products and cancer medicines as a source of novel compounds against a range of human disease
  • Neurosciences: nervous system regulation and function in health and disease, with a focus on synaptic function and neuronal circuitry
  • Formulation sciences: the sciences and technologies used to develop and understand the final dosage form of medicines
  • Medicines use and health: translating the potential benefits of medicines into positive health outcomes by understanding and shaping the factors that influence their optimal use.

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IRIS department: UCL School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

A UK taught Master’s degree, or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology pharmacy, pharmacology, or other relevant subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English level expected: Good


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £18,300
  • Overseas Part-time: £9,000

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Recent PhD students have gone into research roles in the pharmaceutical industry and in universities in the UK and around the world. Others have found careers in regulatory affairs, the NHS or scientific publishing.


Understanding the approach of industry to the complex process of discovering, developing, formulating and licensing a medicine provides students with an outlook and expertise valued by employers. Past graduates have pursued careers in drug licensing, clinical trial research, and research in the field of pharma industry.


Professionals from GSK, Novartis, Roche, Astrazeneca, Merck Sharp Dome, CRUK, Kew Gardens, Quintiles, a large number of smaller biotech companies, and the major London NHS Trusts teach, give seminars, and supervise research projects in the various graduate programmes.

Next steps


Mr Berni Widemann

T: +44 (0)20 7753 5958



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Pharmacy (School of)

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Life Sciences


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