Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Discovery PhD

PhD Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Discovery
This programme brings together leading international research teams in drug discovery/chemical biology and cell signalling at the University of Nottingham and Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Discovery PhD
4 years full-time (year three spent at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
October, February and April
University Park/Centre for Biomolecular Sciences
Other requirements



The programme brings together the leading international research teams in drug discovery/chemical biology and cell signalling at Nottingham University 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 and computational modelling), taking advantage of the unique and complementary expertise and facilities of both institutions.

Graduates of the programme will receive a joint Nottingham University/Monash University PhD Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Discovery, and 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. 



We have excellent synthetic organic chemistry, computational chemistry, cell culture, imaging, molecular biology, high-throughput drug screening, and in vivo facilities for conducting research projects in protein targets of importance in cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, endocrine and neuronal systems.


Research support

A number of University support services  exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) are a particularly important source of support.   


Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Visit our research projects page to find a supervisor whose expertise matches your own research interests.


Fees and funding

For guidance on funding options, please visit our guide to funding.

Government loans for doctoral study

The Government recently introduced doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England.

Doctoral training programmes

Linked to research councils, doctoral training programmes offer funding opportunities connected to our research priorities.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 97.4% of postgraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,301 with the highest being £37,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.


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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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