Ph.D. On Campus


Case Western Reserve University

60 months
67440 USD/year
67440 USD/year
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The Department of Pharmacology offers training leading to PhD degrees for qualified post-undergraduate candidates committed to academic research careers in the biomedical sciences. Adequate preparation in the biological sciences, mathematics, organic chemistry, and physics or physical chemistry is a prerequisite for admission in the Pharmacology program of the Case Western Reserve University.


About the Program

Multidisciplinary training, carried out by faculty in pharmacology and other basic science departments, emphasizes molecular, cellular, physiological, and clinical aspects of the pharmacological sciences. Areas of faculty expertise include drug/xenobiotic metabolism; receptor-ligand interactions, and biochemical reaction mechanisms; cell biology of signaling pathways; structure-function of membrane components; endocrine and metabolic regulation; cell surface and nuclear receptors, hormonal regulation of gene expression; cancer biology and therapeutics, bacterial and viral pathogenesis, neuroscience/neuropharmacology, and drug resistance.

The Pharmacology program of the Case Western Reserve University is divided into three phases. The first phase allows students to follow an integrated first-year sequence of course work that involves a core curriculum in cell and molecular biology. In addition, the first year includes three research rotations that allow the students to sample areas of research and become familiar with faculty members and their laboratories. Selection of a specific training program and thesis advisor is made before the end of the first year. The second phase involves a two part course in intensive Pharmacology study, oral presentations and laboratory experience, which cumulates in a comprehensive written exam designed to challenge students to apply key concepts in new context.

After advancing to PhD candidacy by passing the comprehensive written exam, students select one of four advanced tracks in Pharmacology. Choice among the tracks is based on the area of research expertise of the thesis advisor and the student’s interest in specific coursework. The four tracks are: Cancer Therapeutics, Membrane Biology and Pharmacology, Molecular Pharmacology and Cell Regulation, and Translational Therapeutics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Principles of Pharmacology I: The Molecular Basis of Therapeutics
  • Principles of Pharmacology II: The Physiological Basis of Therapeutics
  • Fundamental Biostatistics to Enhance Research Rigor & Reproducibility
  • Since You Were Born: Nobel Prize Biomedical Research in the Last 21 Years

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


54 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Objectives
  • Academic Transcripts: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation 
  • Application Fee: A non refundable application fee of $50 is required for each application submitted 
  • Test Scores 
  • Applicants must have a good academic record 
  • Applicants will be expected to meet all of the undergraduate prerequisites for the proposed field of graduate study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    67440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33720 USD per semester during 60 months.
  • National

    67440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33720 USD per semester during 60 months.


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