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Pharmacology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Burlington, VT, United States
Our department offers excellent opportunities for students interested in persuing a graduate degree in Pharmacology. We educate undergraduate students, medical students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows, giving ample opportunities for interaction with faculty researchers.
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Several internationally recognized members of the Pharmacology department from The University of Vermont are interested in the basis of tone in small blood vessels and its pharmacological modification. State of the art techniques are used to determine the role of circulating and endogenous chemical substances, innervation, intravascular pressure and flow on the level of active contraction of resistance arteries and venules. 

This tone is altered in many vascular disease states including hypertension, stroke and spasm. There is also an emphasis on the correlation of drug action and structure of the developing and mature vascular system and its innervation. Researchers use state-of-the-art techniques to explore the cellular aspects of smooth muscle function including regulation of ion channels in both the plasma membrane and in intracellular organelles. Calcium sparks and intact arteries video (5 MB) is viewable using QuickTime.

The department also houses the Totman Center for Cerebrovascular Research. Investigators study the physiology of human arteries where the vascular consequences of established risk factors are assessed. This effort is undertaken in collaboration with clinical faculty.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Medical Cannabis
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Molecules & Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Topics in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology. 
  • Special Topics
  • Advanced Pharmacology Research
  • Summer Medical Pharmacology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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.

General Requirements

  • Contact information for all three people who will provide letters of recommendation (information is submitted in the application)
  • One official transcript from each institution you have attended, including the one you currently attend 
  • Writing Sample (where required)
  • Test Scores (where required)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    16768 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16768 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burlington

  • 1269 - 1890 USD/month
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