Ph.D. On Campus

Pharmacology and Physiology

Cardiff University

36 months
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Pharmacology and Physiology from Cardiff University, is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences research programmes (MPhil, MD, PhD).


Research study in the Pharmacology and Physiology area, at Cardiff University, involves understanding of physiological regulation and disease processes, identifying and validating novel drug targets, mechanisms of drug action.

Research themes

  • Cell signalling, especially in cancer and cardiovascular disease
  • Airway diseases
  • Smooth muscle pharmacology
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Applications of chemo/bioluminescence
Expertise includes elucidating mechanisms of drug action at all levels of organisation, from intracellular sites, membranes and cells through to tissues, organs and intact organisms.

Programme Structure

Specific methodologies include:

  • In vivo and in vitro cardiovascular and pulmonary pharmacology
  • Cancer therapeutics and neurogenerative diseases
  • Enzyme purification
  • Spectral analysis
  • Immunoassay
  • Radioligand binding
  • In situ hybridisation
  • PCR
  • cDNA analysis
  • Western analysis and immunoprecipitation
  • Proteome mapping
  • Receptor cloning
  • Cell culture
  • Single cell electrophysiology
  • Live cell imaging
  • Bioluminescence
  • Immunocytochemistry of total and activated proteins and behavioural testing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be made at any time, but in addition there will be specific calls, which have associated instructions and deadlines.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Exam results (copies of original certificates or transcripts and English translations, if necessary, to prove you have the qualifications listed on your application form)
  • References: some programmes require one or two references (usually at least one from a recent lecturer or professor) – you can ask your referee to download and fill out our Referee report form or obtain a signed and dated reference on headed paper
  • Personal statement (some programmes require a specific personal statement, so check the entry requirements for your programme)
  • Research proposal (for research students who are not applying for listed projects)
  • English Language certificates (for applicants whose first language is not English) 

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees status is determined during the processing of applications, so we are unable to confirm this in advance or advise on fees status decisions.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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