The new molecular pharmacy wing allows scientists from all research clusters to collaborate and research. The school is active in two prestigious doctoral training programmes, including the BBSRC-funded London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Programme.
Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
- £22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)
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 Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
- understanding the underlying basis of challenging human diseases
- identification of new drugs and drug targets
- medicine development, leading to effective medicines with optimised delivery, and minimising effects
- pharmacy practice and medicines management, specialising in the influence of human behaviour on medicine use
- Behavioural Medicine and Treatment Optimisation: understanding and addressing the psychosocial and behavioural factors explaining variation in response to treatment
- Biodiversity and Medicines: examining natural products and their biological effects
- Disease Models and Clinical Pharmacology: the use of molecular, cellular and whole organism models to examine fundamental processes in health and disease
- Drug Discovery: early-phase drug discovery using chemical biology, target identification and validation approaches to identify new drug candidates for treating human diseases
- Global Workforce and Education: providing international expertise in workforce development in active partnership with the FIP, WHO and UNESCO
- Medication Use, System and Practice: improving safety and optimising outcomes in the use of medicines
- Molecular Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine: developing dosage forms to optimise drug action and lower systemic exposure
- Neurosciences in Health and Disease: uncovering the fundamental causes of neurological and psychiatric diseases, and identifying novel therapeutic targets for treatment
- Pharmaceutical Materials and Dosage Form Design: focussing on the formulation of novel drug delivery systems to achive optimised bioavailability, drug targeting and therapeutic outcomes
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding 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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
In addition to an advanced hypothosis driven research project yielding top flight publications which change thinking in their chosen fields, students also aquire generic and transferable skills while undertaking their PhD. For example, students graduate with the skills enabling excellent scientific presentation, both written and verbal, time management - an essential skill in today's busy world and networking skills.
Students have ample opportunities to practice the art of networking with their peer group, both within the school and outside the school as students often talk about their work within the school and many students travel the world speaking to scientists about their research work.
Student / staff ratios › 99 staff including 42 postdocs › 117 taught students › 133 research students
"UCL has excellent world class facilities and expertise, this has allowed me to pursue high level collaborations with the University of Zurich, University of Eastern Finland and the Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry in Moscow to advance my project to the next level."
Christopher AsquithPharmacy MPhil/PhD
"London is probably the most culturally diverse city in Europe. The opportunities to meet new people are nearly endless. I think this cosmopolitan environment is ideal for researchers and scientists as it allows us to think outside the box, get new experiences, adapt knowledge from several sources to solving our, sometimes very specific, scientific questions."
Francisco PereiraOral Drug Delivery PhD
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.