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Department of Pharmacology


Graduate School of Life Sciences

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Graduate Studies Overview

Contact: Graduate Office
E-Mail: Telephone: 01223 334000

The Department of Pharmacology offers comprehensive facilities for research in purpose-built laboratories situated near the other biological departments in the centre of Cambridge.

Research Studentships to study for the Ph.D degree are awarded on a competitive basis and supported by the research councils, medical research charities, industrial sponsors and by University schemes. In addition to these funding opportunities, in some years the Department may also offer studentships, including The David James Studentship.

The research areas of the Department include: molecular and cellular mechanisms of secretion and neurotransmitter release; receptor cycling; use of atomic force microscopy to investigate molecular structure; molecular mechanisms of sensation; neurodegeneration; control of appetite; mechanisms controlling sleep and appetite; drug action on membrane permeability and regulation of ion channels; angiogenesis and natural products; ion channel structure and function; receptor/intracellular messenger transduction mechanisms; vascular pharmacology; and anticancer drug resistance.

Follow the left-hand links for information regarding research project availability and application procedure.

A list of specific research projects for October 2021 is given in the following link:


Code of Practice for Research Students 

Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day 2020