Pharmacy - PhD/MSc by Research

Our Pharmacy PhD/MSc by Research in the School of Pharmacy aims to equip graduates with the skills necessary to contribute to a research portfolio encompassing pharmacy practice, pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.

As part of the School of Pharmacy, students will work amongst the very best researchers to produce original and distinctive globally leading research demanded by the expanding role of the pharmacist and pharmaceutical researcher

Our PhD/MSc by Research program is intended for students who wish to obtain high quality research training that will enable them to conduct independent investigative research.

You can choose from a range of research areas within Pharmacy covering:

  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

Find out more about each research theme.

You will work closely with your supervisory team who will help you clarify your project and support your development. Your thesis will represent an original contribution to knowledge and demonstrate independent judgement. 

For all you need to know about our staff, news, research areas and the impact of our research visit the School of Pharmacy.

Why study this course

When you join your programme you will become part of the Graduate School within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences giving you access to:

  • Supervision from leading academics to support you through your research programme including research techniques and training.
  • Training and development courses to enable you to gain research and generic (transferable) training skills
  • Opportunities to attend and take part in Research Poster festivals and other postgraduate activities to boost your academic and networking skills
  •  An allocated academic mentor so you can access pastoral support 
  • State-of-the art facilities to support a range of teaching, learning and research activity with access to dedicated write up rooms, libraries, and computer facilities.

You will also become part of the wider University of Birmingham postgraduate research community located at Westmere House where you have access to training and skills development, careers and employability advice, wellbeing and counselling services as well as welcome activities and events.

Ask a student mentor

The best people to ask about postgraduate study are the students that have done it. Our mentor scheme enables you to directly contact student mentors with any questions that you have about studying here and will offer help and advice from a student perspective. Please feel free to contact the mentors directly using the question box on their profile page.

Fees and funding

Funding

Find out about our latest vacancies and scholarship opportunities by searching our Doctoral Researcher Database.

We welcome enquiries from students who have obtained funding and self-funded students looking to conduct research in other areas and encourage prospective doctoral students to contact our staff to discuss their intended area of study. 

To search for postgraduate research funding opportunities to support your studies at the University of Birmingham use our funding database.

Fees

2016/17

  • Home/EU £4,121 full-time; £2,061 part-time
  • Overseas: £13,680 full-time

The above fee  is for one year only, if you are studying over two or more years tuition fees will also be payable in subsquent years.

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree in a subject relevant to the research area you applying to.

International students:

Learn more about international entry requirements 

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English Language Requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

Please note IELTS requirements for Postgraduate Research programmes in the College ofMedical and Dental Sciences are 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any band.

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available. 

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

How to apply

Before you make your application

When submitting an application for any postgraduate programme, you are also required to submit supporting documentation to accompany your application form. To give your application the best chance of success follow our step-by-step guide.

Making your application

If you have got everything ready to apply then please go to the 'Apply Now' button at the top of this page. We look forward to receiving your application.

International applicants

We encourage you to apply early, so that you have plenty of time to prepare the necessary travel, study and immigration documents. In some cases, it may be a time-consuming process. You will find further information and guidance for prospective students regarding visas and immigration on our Student Help pages.

After you have submitted your application

Once you've completed your online application and submitted it electronically, it will be checked by staff in the Postgraduate Admissions team before being sent to the College of Medical and Dental Sciences for consideration. Selection processes differ depending on the type of application you have made.

If you need any help with you application or have any further queries please contact us:

Email: mds-gradschool@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 5005

You may wish to register your interest with us to receive regular news and updates on postgraduate life within this Department and the wider University.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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We offer a diverse range of research areas within School of Pharmacy. To help you identify a supervisor related to your research area you may like to explore the research interests of our academic staff.

Clinical use of medicines in paediatrics, and their development; medicines adherence, pharmaceutical risk; rational prescribing, and the rational use of antibiotics

Pharmaceutical care and clinical pharmacy, particularly related to symptom control end of life care; educational research and inter-professional education

Understanding and manipulating cell signalling through Chemistry as means of Drug Discovery 

Nanomedicine and drug delivery; the development of soft and hard nanomaterial -based drug delivery systems for cancer therapy and neurodegenerative disorders ; the efficient intracellular delivery and targeting of small molecules (anticancer drugs) and macromolecules (protein and nucleic acid); nanotoxicology of the developed drug delivery systems and other nanoparticles.

Pharmaceutical technology; more specifically designing nanosized drug delivery systems and understanding how their physio-chemical properties can impact on their behaviours, fate and toxicity in a physiological environment.

There are also existing research opportunities within the Institute offering specific topics and projects on which you can complete your PhD. Search our Doctoral Researcher Database to find out about our latest vacancies and scholarship opportunities or if you are looking to conduct research in other areas contact our staff to discuss your intended area of study.

The University of Birmingham is the The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year for Graduate Employment 2016. This coveted accolade places Birmingham as the UK’s number one university for securing a graduate-level job. We have a global reputation for producing sought after graduates and are: 

  • 4th for employability in the Guardian University Guide 2017.
  • the 11th most targeted university by leading employers in the 2016 High Fliers Graduate Market report.
  • ranked as 65th in the world for employer reputation by QS World University rankings.
  • listed as 12th in the UK in The Global Employability University Ranking 2016. The rankings illustrate the top 150 universities most frequently selected by global employers.

In the College of Medical and Dental Sciences our average Graduate Employability rate is 97% since 2012. A high proportion of our postgraduate research students go onto roles such as Postdoctoral Researcher, Teaching Fellow, Research Fellow within the University and local NHS hospitals as well as moving into pharmaceutical and research and development sectors.