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Most students are registered in the first instance for the degree of MPhil. Students are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis. The transfer from MPhil to PhD is subject to students passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and an oral examination.
The final stage of the PhD degree is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.
Qualifications and durations
* Full-time MPhil 1-3 years
* Full-time PhD 2-4 years
* Part-time MPhil 2-4 years
* Part-time PhD 3-6 years
We aim to provide an exciting learning experience teaching in a variety of ways - lectures, practical laboratory classes, workshops for group discussions and problem-solving exercises, tutorials and directed study. We are the co-ordinating centre for the Pharmacy Consortium for Computer-aided Learning (PCCAL), and we make considerable use of computer-based packages as directed study to support taught material.
All these classes contribute to developing your own knowledge and skills base, whether in the core sciences (for example chemistry, cellular and molecular biology), subject-specific areas such as Pharmaceutics or Pharmacology, practical laboratory experience or in 'key' or 'transferable' skills, such as data handling and analysis and scientific presentations.