University of Portsmouth

Pharmacy and Biomedical Science

These programmes are suitable to those who have an active interest in practice based research and professional practice issues; they provide a framework for the demonstration and development of advanced professional knowledge and skills; relevance and application of the research to the professional environment are a pivotal feature of the programme and refection on practice are integral to the learning process.

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. All applicants are subject to interview.
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
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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MD Part-time October 2018 1,590 (Year 1) Home/EU 4 4 Years
MD Full-time October 2018 15,100 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
MD Part-time October 2018 7,550 (Year 1) International 4 4 Years
MD Full-time October 2018 4,195 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years
MD Part-time February 2019 1,590 (Year 1) Home/EU 4 4 Years
MD Part-time February 2019 7,550 (Year 1) International 4 4 Years
MD Full-time February 2019 15,100 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
MD Full-time February 2019 4,195 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years

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