Philippa graduated from the University of Oxford in 2008 with a first class Master of Chemistry degree with options in organometallic and quantum chemistry. In her final year she undertook a research project studying electron transfer in proteins. After graduating Philippa did a six month internship at Sharp Laboratories of Europe, as a research scientist in the health and energy technology group. She subsequently moved to the University of Cambridge to study for a PhD, researching proton transfer by mitochondrial proteins.
Philippa holds the Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Brunel University.