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Postgraduate Admissions

Postgraduate admissions in the Department of Pharmacology

Admission to the University requires completion of the University’s online APPLICANT PORTAL application procedure.

For MPhil in Biological Science (Pharmacology):

For PhD in Pharmacology:

For checking International Qualifications Equivalency: 


For all generic information regarding postgraduate admission: 

Some useful frequently asked questions (FAQs) relevant to postgraduate admission are here:


FAQS directly relevant to postgraduate admissions in our department:

A. Are you eligible to apply for admission to our programmes?

Competition for admission to the University of Cambridge postgraduate programme is intense. Like all departments in the Postgraduate School, we require all our postgraduate entrants to have:

  • at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g. CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject
  • two outstanding references from senior University staff at your most recent University
  • fluency in the English language – recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading. See: 


B. Which qualification do you want to apply for?

  • MPhil by research (thesis): Code BLPHM1 (1 year)
  • PhD (thesis) Code BLPH22 (minimum 3 years, maximum 4 full-time)
  • The BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD course code is BLBB22.


C. What topic do you want to study and which supervisor do you want to work with? 

The APPLICANT PORTAL requires you to choose a course – for research applicants this means specifying which department or institute in which you wish to work. To choose a department, you need to do some serious homework to identify a topic and one or more supervisors in the department with whom you wish to work.

If you have already decided on the Department of Pharmacology, you should:

  • Look at the abstracts of available projects: 
  • Browse the web pages of the Principal Investigators for more details:
  • If you are interested in more than one supervisor within THIS department, you can name them as first and second choice in your application, but if you want to apply to supervisors in different departments, you will have to make separate applications (one to each department).

D. How do I apply to the University?

For full instructions, please visit: 

E. What will be my tuition fees?

Please visit: 



a) For all funding information, visit:

b) To find funding opportunities that may be available to you:

Use the 'Funding Search Tool' with appropriate filters:

c) If you do wish to be considered for funding:

You must complete the relevant section of the APPLICANT PORTAL in full in order to facilitate the consideration of their funding application.  Please note that admissions decisions are taken independently of funding decisions. 

d) If you are applying for funding, there can be separate deadline for it. Please visit the following for more details:

Please note that there can be separate deadlines for applications and funding for candidates from the USA.

e) Funding offered by our department

Research Studentships are awarded on a competitive basis and are funded by the research councils, charities, and sometimes by industrial sponsors. Studentships will be advertised here:

Enquiries can also be made by email to: (or directly to the proposed supervisor in the case of specific queries about projects offered).