• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #58 (QS) Bristol, United Kingdom
The Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience programme offered by the University of Bristol has an international reputation for research excellence in neuroscience, cell biology and signalling, and cardiovascular biology.
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Overview

The school is highly committed to training the next generation of scientists from both the UK and overseas, taking great pride in the standard of our postgraduate provision.

New students enter an exciting research environment in which we support and challenge our postgraduates to excel. All postgraduates receive extensive research and transferable skills training.

The school is well supported by programme and project grants, particularly from the Medical Research Council, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation. This has enabled the school to provide a vibrant environment for research; we have more than 100 PhD students at various stages in their research projects.

Careers

The majority of our postgraduate students of the Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience  programme offered by the University of Bristol  become highly productive researchers through the course of their studies, publishing in leading peer-reviewed biomedical journals. Most go on to post-doctoral research in academia and industry, both in the UK and abroad. Other students use the skills gained during their study to enter postgraduate-level employment.

The school is also committed to promoting the advancement of women in science, and has received an Athena Silver SWAN award for our work in this area.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We welcome applications at any time of year.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research groups
  • The School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience encompasses internationally recognised research groups with interests extending from the whole animal, cell signalling and neuropharmacology to cardiovascular/respiratory function, synaptic plasticity and the study of sensory and sensorimotor systems in the intact brain. The diversity of this research is reflected in the wide range of postgraduate projects available.
  • A number of research groups use the world-class Wolfson Bioimaging Facility, which contains state-of-the-art light and electron microscopes. The school has strong links with the pharmaceutical industry and has forged collaborative research programmes with a number of companies. The school collaborates with clinical colleagues, aiming to translate our discoveries to the clinic to treat of a wide array of diseases: from neurological and neuropathic disorders to cancer and cardiovascular disease.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    88

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A first or upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a biomedical science discipline is required for entry to the PhD programme. We may consider MSc by research applications from candidates with a lower second-class degree (or international equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23900 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    4475 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4475 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • UK: part-time£2,238
  • Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time£9,475

Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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