Your research degree is bespoke at the University of Nottingham, and allows you to choose your own area of interest to research, under the title of your choosing.
Our Pharmacology and Drug Discovery grouping is made up of the following available PhD and MRes courses:
- Clinical Chemistry
- Cell Signalling
- Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Discovery
Our supervisors in the school are at the forefront of research in their fields. Utilising industry standard facilities, along with cutting edge equipment, and the guidance of our supervisors, you will advance the area of life sciences that interests you.
Your degree and research area is bespoke to you, however, here are some examples of the research we already conduct within the Pharmacology and Drug Discovery fields:
- Understanding the genetic basis of Alzheimer's disease
- Molecular Pharmacology and Cell Biology of Cell Surface Receptors: molecular pharmacology, regulation and signalling of G-protein-coupled receptors and tyrosine kinase-linked receptors.
- 'Cross-Talk' Between Different Intracellular Pathways: synergistic interactions between G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs); interactions between GPCRs and tyrosine kinase receptors; cross-cascade signalling of proteins involved in gene transcription.
- Single molecule analysis of ligand-receptor interactions using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy: research on the development of fluorescent ligands for GPCRs.
- Use of bimolecular fluorescence complementation to investigate protein-protein interactions: investigation of receptor trafficking and receptor-effector interactions
You can find our about our specific research in the course content section.
Study a year abroad in Australia
The Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Discovery PhD programme brings together the leading international research teams in drug discovery/chemical biology and cell signalling at the University of Nottingham and the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) in Melbourne, Australia.
The programme will offer a combination of courses, workshops and laboratory-based training in all aspects of drug discovery including:
- synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry
- molecular pharmacology
- computational modelling
Graduates of the programme will receive a joint University of Nottingham/Monash University PhD Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Discovery You will be uniquely trained to tackle the challenging problem of developing more effective and selective therapies for diseases that are of global relevance to human suffering.
Contact a supervisor in this PhD to find out more.
Here in the School of Life Sciences we’re committed to supporting our students’ wellbeing to ensure that your experience studying with us is the best it can be. Whether you’re studying silk-weaving spiders or looking for new ways to fight infection, we want all of our students to feel part of our vibrant and diverse research community.
There are loads of opportunities to meet your fellow researchers and get involved with student activities and projects during your time at the University of Nottingham including: