University of California, Irvine

College of Health Sciences

Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacology - PhD


UC Irvine Graduate Division

University of California

Irvine, CA 92697

United States


(949) 824-5544


(949) 824-7993

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Gateway Program in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology (MCP) leading to the PhD is an interdisciplinary efforts of the Departments of Chemistry, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students in this interdisciplinary program will benefit from the participation of the highly reputed faculty within each of the participating departments. Active research programs in Chemistry include the synthesis of organic molecules and macromolecules of therapeutic significance that cover a large cross-section of chemical and biological space. Faculty in Pharmacology have research programs in areas relevant to pharmaceutical pharmacology, especially neuropharmacology. Molecular Biology & Biochemistry faculty enjoy active research in structural biology and drug design. Participating faculty in Pharmaceutical Sciences have interests in a variety of programs with a direct impact on health sciences.

The MCP program provides students with state-of-the-art practical and theoretical training in their specific field of interest, while also providing a broader exposure to fundamentals of each of the other core disciplines. This dual goal is accomplished through a one-year initial interdisciplinary program of course work and lab rotations, followed by the transition into one of the participating department's Ph.D. programs for in-depth specialization and research work.


UC Irvine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and all graduate programs receive rigorous external reviews mandated by the University of California every five years

International Student Requirements:

1. International Students and students who do not speak English as their native language must submit scores for TOEFL iBT with an overall minimum score of 80. As an option, you may submit scores from the IELTS exam (overall score = 7 .AND. with a score = 6 on each individual IELTS module). 2. Applicants who qualify to serve as Teaching Assistants (TA) may be more competitive for admission. To be eligible to serve as a TA, a TOEFLibt score = 26 on the Speaking component, OR, an IELTS score = 8 on their Speaking module, OR, a score = 50 on the TSE (Test of Spoken English). Official Test Scores must be transmitted to UC Irvine. TOEFL/TOEFLibt scores will be transmitted to UC Irvine when you specify the following on your exam: Institutional Code = 4859, Departmental Code = 47 ** TOEFL/TOEFLibt or IELTS test scores must be = two years old as of the first day of classes. Older scores are NOT acceptable.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans

Locale: Midsize City

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