The PhD in Pharmacology is aimed at training researchers, with an emphasis on the research methodology and techniques that culminate in the writing of a doctoral thesis. The aim of this programme is to consolidate the diversity of focuses and approaches that exist in basic and applied research to create a rich intellectual atmosphere that is a necessary condition for guaranteeing the quality of doctoral research. Research which, on the other hand, is almost exclusive nationally since there a very few PhD programmes offering specific training in pharmacology from both a basic and a clinical viewpoint. The programme has the collaboration of more than 40 public institutions and as many more private organisations, mainly in the pharmaceutical sector.

Candidate profile

Applicants should have prior training in pharmacology, therapeutics, veterinary medicine or health sciences.

Professional opportunities

Students who obtain their PhD on this programme can pursue an academic career in this country or abroad, lecturing in pharmacology (human or veterinary, basic or clinical), or also in toxicology or pharmacokinetics. In addition, given the close ties between this department and industry, in recent years a large number of students have gone on to work in the pharmaceutical and veterinary industries.

Objectives and justification

Pharmacology is registered as area of knowledge 315 and is present in numerous degree courses (Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Bioscience, Nursing, Physiotherapy) but absent in other (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Psychology).

The main objective of this PhD in Pharmacology is to train scientists working in pharmacology and other related disciplines to become high quality teachers and researchers capable of carrying out research that can lead to the generation of new knowledge in an innovative and creative manner through scientific and technological research projects. It is hoped that they can contribute to university academic activity and/or production at the highest level, thereby promoting the development of the discipline in both its basic aspects and its clinical and/or technological applications: drug design, drug-receptor pharmacology, molecular pharmacology, bioequivalence, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics and clinical pharmacology, among others.

This programme arose as a response to the collective demand by university students in general and the Faculty of Medicine in particular to improve and achieve the following:

  • Thorough and exhaustive training in the treatment of all kinds of conditions.
  • Access through knowledge and training in new, stat-of-the-art techniques carried out by lecturers and for lecturers in the area of pharmacological knowledge in relation to pharmokinetic and pharmodynamic processes, toxicological detection and description, efficiency and safety evaluation, pharmacovigilance, the use and control of drugs and the socio-economic evolution of the use of drugs that allow a rigorous approach to the problems related with them in teaching, science and socioeconomics.

These are the aims of the programme:

  1. Offer a programme at a high academic level that links teaching and research.
  2. Increase general knowledge about pharmacology at expert level.
  3. Develop the necessary skills to apply the latest techniques and tools at a high level of expertise in pharmacological research.
  4. Generate knowledge through research projects, both on an individual and a multidisciplinary and interinstitutional level to allow students to develop the skills they need to carry out independent research.
  5. Train professionals to be able to generate knowledge and solve problems that are specific to the community involved in the evaluation of information about drugs and their use.
  6. Train participants to be able to teach and therefore promote and transfer their knowledge to the scientific community and the general public.
  7. Train professionals to be able to link advances in the development of medicaments to healthcare requirements so that they benefit each other mutually.


Magí Farré


David Bernabeu
Departament de Farmacologia, terapèutica y toxicologia
Despatx M4/112
Facultat de Medicina
Campus de Bellaterra
CP 08193

Tel: 93 5811952


Number of places available: 13
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees

Languages in which the thesis may be written:
English, Spanish and Catalan
Organising universities and institutions:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Associated departments or institutes:
Department of Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology

Collaborating institutions:
Recreational Drugs European Netware
Universidade de São Paulo
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
Hospital Universitari de la Vall d’Hebron
Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol
Hospital Sanitari Parc Tauli
Fundació Dr. Robert
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Health Sciences

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