PhD in Pharmacology

The PhD pharmacology specialization allows a student to specialize in the study of the actions of drugs. In addition to developing a sound knowledge base through course work and seminars, the program is designed to strengthen the student’s ability to comprehend and to evaluate critically the current literature, allowing the conduct of significant independent research. Recent graduates with a PhD in pharmacology have found employment in academic or industrial research positions.

Doctoral students receive tuition waivers and usually receive stipends for research or teaching of $25,000-$30,000/year.

Curriculum

Pharmaceutical Science Core 5-7 SH

PHSC 5100 / Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science / 2 SH
PHSC 6210 / Drug Design, Evaluation and Development / 2 SH
PHSC 6212 / Research Skills and Ethics / 1 SH or
CHEM 5600 / Research Skills and Ethics in Chemistry / 3 SH or
BIOL 6381 / Ethics in Biological Research / 2 SH

Pharmacology Specialization Core 18 SH

PHSC 6214 / Experimental Design and Biometrics / 2 SH
PHSC 6216 / Human Physiology and Pathophysiology / 2 SH
PMCL 6260 / Pharmacology 1 / 2 SH
PMCL 6261 / Pharmacology 2 / 2 SH
PMCL 6262 / Receptor Pharmacology / 2 SH

Studenst must take either:
BIOL 6300 / Graduate Biochemistry / 4 SH OR
PHSC 5300 / Pharmaceutical Biochemistry / 2 SH AND
BIOL 6301 / Molecular Cell Biology / 4 SH OR
PHSC 5310 / Cellular Physiology / 2 SH

PhD Core – 12 SH minimum

PHSC 6300 / Pharmaceutical Science Seminar / 1 SH / (must be taken more than once)
PHSC 8940 / Doctoral Training & Research / 1 SH / (Qualifying Exam Preparation)
PHSC 9681 / Doctoral Proposal / 2 SH
PHSC 6810 / Pharmaceutical Science Colloquium 1 SH
PHSC 9990 / Dissertation / 3 SH / (must be taken twice)

General Elective Core 10-12 SH

Advisor consultation is required when choosing electives

Common elective courses:

PHSC 6226 / Imaging in Medicince and Drug Discovery / 2SH
PHSC 7010 / PharmSci Lab / 4SH
PHSC 5200 / Advanced Immunology / 2SH
PHSC 6222 / Chemistry and Biology of Drugs of Abuse / 2SH
PHSC 6218 / Biomedical and Chemical Analysis / 2SH
NNMD 7270 / Introduction to Nanomedicine / 3SH
PHSC 6984 / Research / 2SH
PHSC 5976 / Directed Study / 1SH
PHSC 6300 / Seminar (Journal Club) 1SH

Total number of credits 45 SH

*Students coming in with a Master’s degree must complete the 12 SH for the PhD core courses and any other courses deemed necessary by the committee members.

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    Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences School of Pharmacy
    Bouvé College of Health Sciences
    Northeastern University
    140 The Fenway
    Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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