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Graduate Admissions

Graduate admissions in the Department of Pharmacology

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

If you wish to apply for Departmental Studentships (open to ‘home’ (UK) and EU applicants only) you should follow the instructions in Applications from Home (UK) and EU Students.

If you intend to apply for other funding (e.g. Gates, Cambridge Overseas & Commonwealth Trusts, Cambridge Home and EU Scholarships) you should proceed directly to Applications from Students from outside the UK

Applicants wishing to be considered for funding 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. Funding information can be found here:


Admission to the University

You should apply for admission to the University using the University’s online APPLICANT PORTALif you:

o          wish to apply for University-wide funding competitions (e.g. Gates, Cambridge Overseas & Commonwealth Trusts, Cambridge Home and EU Scholarships etc. – see funding deadlines above.

o          wish to apply for a College studentship

o          have an external scholarship; or

o          have your own funding.



N.B. Applications may be made using the APPLICANT PORTAL and you can apply for up to three graduate courses under one application fee Applicants from some countries may have this fee waived, see


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

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

o          at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g. CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject

o          two outstanding references from senior University staff at your most recent University

o          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:

o         Look at the abstracts of projects for and also get in contact with the principal Investigator (PI) concerned (contact details can be found in individual PIs research pages)

o         Browse the web pages of the PIs that are of interest to you to check details of their research

o         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 to apply to the University

Go to for full instructions on how to apply online.