What will I learn?

Discipline overview: the Pharmacology Discipline is actively engaged in a vigorous research programme which is centred around the areas of neuropharmacology (the study of the effects of drugs on the central nervous system), immunopharmacology (the study of the effects of drugs on the immune system), and signalling in vertebrate development.

The Discipline has research links with other national and international centres, including Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science , the Regenerative Medicine Institute, and the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Nottingham, University College London, Cardiff University, Lund University, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the University of Pennsylvania, and H/S Lundbeck, Denmark. The research activities of the Discipline are funded from a variety of competitive sources.

Areas of interest

  • Molecular and cellular biology of vertebrate embryo development
  • Antidepressants; novel targets; modulating immune responses
  • Non-animal alternatives for toxicological assessment of drugs
  • Novel cell, gene and pharmacological therapies for Parkinson's disease
  • Molecular mechanisms of intestinal injury, repair and carcinogenesis; inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer and radiation injury to the intestinal tract
  • Caspases, cell death and differentiation;, chemotherapy-induced apoptosis and cancer
  • Neurochemical, neuroendocrine and molecular mechanisms underlying pain, anxiety and depression
  • Neuropharmacology of cannabinoid and opioid receptors; The endocannabinoid system in pain, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease and neuroimmune function
  • Toll-like receptors and the brain-gut axis

Which department am I in?

College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€14,750.00 (US$ 16,658) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022, 5 September 2022

Venue

National University of Ireland, Galway

University Road,

Galway,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

PhD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent together with the support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

For international students

MD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in Medicine from NUI Galway or possess qualification deemed by the Senate of the University to be equivalent. Candidates shall be eligible to register onto the MD programme, three years after obtaining the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine. The application will also require support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About National University of Ireland

While situated in one of the smaller university cities globally, NUI Galway has a far-reaching reputation for excellent research and study programmes.

  • Four excellent colleges offering a wide selection of courses
  • Excellent reputation for teaching excellence and research
  • Exceptionally high graduate employment rates
  • Study in a city regularly voted one of the world’s friendliest

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