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Pharmacology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #18 (QS) Ithaca, NY, United States
Pharmacology is the science of drugs, their chemical and biochemical properties, and their interactions with live cells, tissues and organisms. In the past 60 years, pharmacology has changed biology and medicine dramatically. 
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  • Scientific foundation of the pharmacology PhD program at Weill Cornell Graduate School  trains students in areas of  modern biology and biomedical engineering. The program's mission, facilitated by the broad scope of research conducted by the its faculty, is to provide students with the foundation necessary for pursuing research activities in cancer biology, the neurosciences, cardiovascular physiology, toxicology, clinical pharmacology, proteomics, metabolomics, drug design and synthesis, and translational research.
  • The research activities of the program's faculty are broad and include cancer biology, neurobiology, cardiovascular physiology, drug metabolism, toxicology, proteomics, receptors and signal transduction, and drug design and synthesis. Some of the research focuses on developing and evaluating novel therapies for a variety of diseases, and several faculty members have clinical involvements at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). This allows students in the Pharmacology program to perform research that will result in better or new therapies for serious medical conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, neurodegenerative disorders, infectious diseases, pain and heart disease.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Accelerating Bio Venture Innovation (ABI)
  • Critical Analysis of the Scientific Literature in Pharmacology
  • Drug Development: From Molecule to Prescription
  • Essential Principles of Pharmacology
  • Neuropharmacology I: Genes, Drugs and Behavior
  • Neuropharmacology II: Neuropeptides, Pain and Drugs of Abuse
  • Next-Gen Methods For Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology Seminar Series
  • Principles of Clinical Pharmacology
  • Principles of Pharmacology I: Chemical Biology
  • Principles of Pharmacology II: Signal Transduction
  • Principles of Pharmacology III: Principles and Systems Pharmacology
  • Principles of Pharmacology IV: Cancer Pharmacology
  • Responsible Conduct of Research

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree with a strong background in the natural sciences and/or health sciences is required for acceptance into the Pharmacology program.
  •  For applicants to the Pharmacology program, valid GRE scores are required. GRE scores are only valid for five years after the test date. Please list your GRE scores in the application. 
  • Additionally, official scores must be sent directly to the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences by the Educational Testing Service. 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


The Graduate School takes great pride in supporting a majority of its graduate students – whether through fellowships, assistantships, or grants. Our competitive funding package includes tuition, fees, health insurance, and a living allowance or stipend for 97% of on-campus students in research Ph.D. programs.

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