University of California, Irvine

School of Medicine

Pharmacology & Toxicology - PhD


UC Irvine Graduate Division

University of California

Irvine, CA 92697

United States


(949) 824-5544


(949) 824-7993

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - Pharmacology and Toxicology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Pharmacology offers a program leading to a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology. The Ph.D. programs are flexible and tailored to the needs of individual students. Training consists of an initial sequence of courses and seminars that provide a strong basic foundation in pharmacology and related biomedical science. A combined M.D./Ph.D. program is available to students who are interested in pursuing medical careers that include basic research.

The Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology is offered in the following specific areas of study: molecular and cellular pharmacology, neurosciences, gene regulation, circadian rhythms, epigenetic modifications, neuropharmacology, psychopharmacology and cardiovascular pharmacology.

Our goal is to provide a first class training in Pharmacology that will open up a wide range of employment opportunities upon graduation. This program will prepare you for a career as a Pharmacologist in academic institutions, in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, in federal and state agencies, and in private research institutions.

Our program offers:

  • A broad-based, multidisciplinary education focused on neuroscience and cardiovascular pharmacology.
  • Faculty expertise ranging from cellular and molecular biology to behavior.
  • Research focused on:
    • receptors and their signaling mechanisms
    • novel endogenous and therapeutic ligands
    • neurochemical basis of behavior
  • Individualized research training in well-equipped laboratories.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WACS)

International Student Requirements:

International students are also required to submit TOEFL scores.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans

Locale: Midsize City

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