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Pharmacology MSc by Research

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    01-OCT-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

The MSc by Research in Pharmacology offers a very wide range of topics from calcium signalling to cardiovascular pharmacology and neuropharmacology.

In the first instance, applicants are strongly advised to visit the department's website to identify potential supervisors based on their research area of interest. Selecting the correct research project is a hugely important first step, so it is recommended that you contact potential supervisors directly to discuss possibilities before you apply online for a place on the course.

You will be admitted directly to a particular research area led by departmental members who will be appointed MSc by Research supervisors. Students who have been admitted to a particular research supervisor will not normally do laboratory rotations. You will be based in a research lab and undertake research on a subject agreed with your supervisor.

There are no taught courses examined by written papers, but you will have access to a wide range of lecture courses at a taught master’s level and foundation or preliminary level, as appropriate. If you have changed fields, this will enable you to fill in gaps in your background knowledge. There is also a wide range of courses and workshops you will be able to attend to acquire skills that will be necessary for the pursuance and presentation of your research, as well as your professional development as a research scientist.

Assessment

You will begin your course as a probationary research student and near the end of your first year you will apply for transfer to a MSc by Research status. To transfer your status, you must apply formally, submit a research report and statement of future research plans, and take an independent assessment by two assessors. Continuation in the programme is subject to the student passing the transfer of status exam.

If you wish, you may attempt to transfer to DPhil status instead of MSc by Research status at the end of your first year. To transfer to DPhil status, you are required to follow the same procedure as probationary research students on the DPhil in Pharmacology and must have supporting statements from your supervisor(s) and college.

As with all MSc by Research degrees, assessment is by submission of a thesis and a viva voce examinations.

Graduate destinations

On completion of their MSc by Research, many students go on to apply for a DPhil. Others become research assistants or work in clinical trials or pharmaceutical companies, or go on to further studies in health.

According to the department's last survey, 100% of MSc by Research students have either gone on to continue their education or are in employment. Departmental academics follow their alumni with interest.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 27,460per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

  • University League Table

    2nd

  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

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