University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Pharmacy and Biomedical Science

The School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences conducts wide-ranging and internationally recognised research in areas such as drug delivery, drug safety, molecular medicine, pharmacy practice, neuropharmacology, natural products and oncology. The research infrastructure has been strengthened by strategic investment in equipment and laboratories over the past 5 years. The School receives research funding from the Department of Health, the Association for International Cancer Research, the World Cancer Research Fund, the Humane Research Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the Royal Society, the British Council, the British Brain Tumour Association, the United Kingdom Brain Tumour Society, the National Lottery, Oxford Glycosciences and others. With their support, we have made a considerable investment in equipment and laboratories over the past five years, strengthening our infrastructure and providing a thriving research environment for our postgraduate research students.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a Master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Biomaterials and Drug Delivery

Research areas include:
Controlled and targeted drug delivery
Bioadhesion/mucoadhesion
Biomolecular recognition
Bioadhesion control

Pharmacy Practice

Research areas include:
Investigation of the role of pharmacy in health and wellbeing support (e.g. Healthy Living Pharmacy)
Development and evaluation of new approaches to pharmacy education
Risk management and pharmacovigilance

Cell Biology and Pharmacology

Research areas include:
Investigating mechanisms and biomarkers of lung inflammation in cystic fibrosis
Novel strategies to improve inhaled drug delivery and novel inhibitors of neutrophil elastase, glial cells in the brain, including oligodendroglia and their precursors in Multiple Sclerosis
Primary brain tumours as well as astrocytic response to various neuropathological conditions
Roles of tensins in cancer and in neuronal/glial cell biology
Electrophysiology and biochemistry of ion channels, as well as their roles in the cellular physiology of human health and disease
The neural and hormonal mechanisms involved in the regulation of food intake and obesity
The mechanisms underpinning CNS disorders, such as dementia, depression and anxiety, as well as disorders of the gut, such as colitis and irritable bowl syndrome

Epigenetics and Developmental Biology

Research areas include:
Molecular and genetic medicine, e.g. neuromuscular disease and neuronal function in disease, with particular emphasis on the molecular pathology of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the role of dystrophin and related proteins
Control of neuronal identity and axon guidance in the early brain
The genetic programming of muscle differentiation
Using Xenopus and chicken as model organisms, aimed at establishing the role of genes that are important in developmental processes

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 14,400 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (International) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 14,400 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 6 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (International) 6 years

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Key information

Contact: 
Research Team - Faculty of Science
Telephone number: 
023 9284 2994