Pharmacy PhD/MSc by Research

Pharmacy provides a broad range of subjects; these include clinically-orientated practice research such as medicines adherence, drug safety, palliative and end of life care, paediatric medicines use, rational antibiotic use, safe prescribing and pharmacy/inter-professional education, as well as laboratory-based and translational areas such as inhaled drug delivery, formulation of children's medicines, and pharmacokinetics.

Fees and funding

Standard fees apply, although in some projects a bench fee is also payable 
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Scholarships and studentships
A number of studentships are available each year, funded by major sponsors including the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust, as well as national and local charities. UK/EU students should contact the School directly for further information. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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Entry requirements

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

Standard English language requirements apply

How to apply

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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Before submitting an application to the University, you will need to identify potential supervisors in your desired field of research in order that you can indicate this in your application. There will be a delay in processing your application if this information is not provided. To do this, you can browse the “research interests” tab on the course finder pages which identifies research leads by subject area.

Alternatively you can:

  • Search for an advertised postgraduate research opportunity via our Doctoral Researchers search engine
  • Browse the school websites. Most schools provide a list of research active staff and their research interests on their website
  • Clinical use of medicines in paediatrics, and their development; medicines adherence, pharmaceutical risk; rational prescribing, and the rational use of antibiotics
    Contact: Professor John Marriott
  • Contact: Dr Peter Seville
  • Contact: Dr Anthony Cox
  • Pharmaceutical care and clinical pharmacy, particularly related to symptom control end of life care; educational research and inter-professional education
    Contact: Dr Christine Hirsch 
  • Understanding and manipulating cell signalling through Chemistry as means of Drug Discovery
    Contact: Dr Youcef Mehellou
  • 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.
    Contact: Dr Hanene Ali-Boucetta
  • 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.
    Contact: Dr Marie-Christine Jones

Following graduation, Postgraduate Researchers in the College MDS gain employment in a variety of areas though with a majority continuing in research, mostly in Academia but also in the Health,  Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology sectors.  Others pursue careers in Education, Publishing, Intellectual Property Protection, Technology Innovation, Business, and more besides.

Find out more about where our postgraduate students go