Pharmacology and Physiology PhD

Major: Pharmacology and Physiology
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Semester
Minimum Required Credits: 128.0 
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.1002
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The College of Medicine's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies offers graduate programs leading to the PhD degree in Pharmacology & Physiology. The program requires independent research under the direction of departmental faculty members who are engaged in highly active research programs involving molecular, cellular, and behavioral approaches to experimental pharmacology and physiology in a strongly collaborative environment.

Students begin their coursework with a core curriculum in biomedical sciences, and immediately start laboratory rotations. Intensive graduate level pharmacology, physiology and neuropharmacology courses round out the core programmatic courses. Specialization in ion channel physiology, smooth muscle physiology, behavioral pharmacology and signal transduction processes may involve the taking of several elective courses. The program requires the defense of a thesis based on original research.

PhD candidates must pass a qualifying examination by November of their third year and they must have one accepted co-author manuscript, and one submitted first-author manuscript in peer-reviewed journals during the course of the program.

Additional Information

For more information, visit the College of Medicine's Pharmacology and Physiology program website.

Admission Requirements

Drexel University College of Medicine has a rolling admissions policy, which means that complete applications are reviewed as they are received. Applicants are therefore advised to apply early, as decisions to accept or deny admission may be made before the official deadlines.

Additional Information

To learn more about applying to Drexel College of Medicine programs visit the Drexel College of Medicine's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies website.

Degree Requirements 

About the Curriculum

The core curriculum is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program of study for all PhD students in the Division of Biomedical Science Programs. The goal of the core curriculum is to provide a broad foundation in biomedical sciences and serve as a framework for advanced study in more specialized areas.

Courses Repeatable for Credit

As well as taking all required courses, students will re-enroll in courses having the status “repeatable for credit” (such as journal club, seminar and research courses) for the duration of their program in order to meet the total number of credits required for graduation.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, please visit the College of Medicine's Pharmacology and Physiology program webpage.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
or NEUR 500S Statistics for Neuro/Pharm Research
IDPT 502SLearn Early As Professionals I (LEAP I) 1.0
IDPT 504SLearn Early and Practice (LEAP II) 1.0
IDPT 507STeaching Practicum I1.0-4.0
IDPT 508STeaching Practicum II1.0-4.0
IDPT 509STeaching Practicum III1.0-4.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 600SThesis Defense9.0
PHRM 502SCurrent Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology *9.0
PHRM 503SPharm & Phys 1st Lab Rotation4.0
PHRM 504SPharm & Phys 2nd Lab Rotation4.0
PHRM 505SPharm & Phys 3rd Lab Rotation4.0
PHRM 507SPrin of Neuropharmacology3.0
PHRM 512SGraduate Pharmacology3.0
PHRM 516SAdvanced Topics in Physiology1.0
PHRM 517SAdvanced Topics in Pharmacology1.0
PHRM 600SPharmacology Thesis Research **63.0
PHGY 503SGraduate Physiology4.0
Advanced Electives4.0
Choose at least two Advanced Electives for a minimum of four credits.
Macromolecular Structure & Function
Cancer Biology
Immunology I
Biotechniques I: Molecular and Genomic Methods
New Frontiers in Therapy
Methods in Biomedical Research
Drug Discovery and Development I
Drug Discovery and Development II
Animal Models for Biomedical Research
General Electives
Business Processes and Contemporary Concerns in Pharmaceutical R & D
World Wide Regulatory Submissions
Intro to Clinical Trials
Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics
Scientific Writing and Medical Literature
Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
Pharmaceutical Law
Leadership Skills
Compliance & Monitoring Issues
Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance
Designing the Clinical Trial
Innovative Product Development
Fundamentals of Compliance
Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology
Informatics in Pharm Res & Development
Regulatory, Scientific and Social Issues Affecting Biotech Research
Health Policy and Economics
Strategic Planning
Total Credits128.0-137.0

Taken each semester with the exception of the last when only Thesis Defense is taken. 


Taken each semester starting in year 2, with the exception of the last semester when only Thesis Defense is taken. 

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
IDPT 502S1.0IDPT 500S2.0
IDPT 521S5.0IDPT 504S1.0
PHGY 503S4.0IDPT 526S5.0
PHRM 502S1.0PHRM 502S1.0
PHRM 503S4.0PHRM 504S4.0
PHRM 516S1.0PHRM 505S4.0
 PHRM 512S3.0
 16 20
Second Year
PHRM 502S1.0IDPT 501S or NEUR 500S2.0
PHRM 507S3.0IDPT 507S1.0-4.0
PHRM 517S1.0PHRM 502S1.0
PHRM 600S9.0PHRM 600S9.0
 14 13-16
Third Year
IDPT 508S1.0-4.0IDPT 509S1.0-4.0
PHRM 502S1.0PHRM 502S1.0
PHRM 600S9.0PHRM 600S9.0
Advanced Electives2.0Advanced Electives2.0
 13-16 13-16
Fourth Year
PHRM 502S1.0PHRM 502S1.0
PHRM 600S9.0PHRM 600S9.0
 10 10
Fifth Year
PHRM 502S1.0IDPT 600S9.0
PHRM 600S9.0 
 10 9
Total Credits 128-137
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