Ph. D. On Campus


University of Strathclyde

36 months
21150 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Pharmacy degree from the University of Strathclyde responds to an identified need for more NHS pharmacists to engage in research linked to their professional and practice role in areas where a PhD research programme may not be the most appropriate qualification.


The Pharmacy degree from the University of Strathclyde fits with all areas of the practice of pharmacy including hospital clinical pharmacy, technical services and community pharmacy practice. The programme aims to develop, strengthen and enhance pharmacy research and help to build the credibility of pharmacy as a research focussed profession.

This course is suitable for pharmacists who already have some research experience and wish to enhance their research skills and experience.

When does teaching begin?

The teaching will take place in the academic year starting at the beginning of October each year.

If you're undertaking the course on a full-time basis all the taught classes will take place in the first year of the course. For part-time students this will take 18 months. The taught classes must be passed to proceed to the research element.

Can I get credit for previous learning?

This may be awarded on an individual basis at the point of application. Any recognised prior learning must be ratified by the Board of Study. Credit for prior leaning may only be awarded in blocks of 60 credits (60, 120 or 180). Only under exceptional circumstances will a student be awarded 180 credits for prior learning.

Will the minimum duration of study be reduced if I get credit for prior learning?

There may be a reduction in the minimum duration of study if credit is given for prior learning but this will be awarded on an individual basis following application and discussion between the DPharm course organiser and the head of Institute. This must also be ratified by the Faculty of Science Board of Study.

What is the final assessment?

Once you have completed all the taught elements and the research, you'll submit a thesis which will be sent to an external examiner (outwith the University of Strathclyde) and an internal examiner (within Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, who is GPhC registered). You'll be called for an oral exam in which you'll defend your thesis and the work that it contains. The examiners will make the decision on whether you should be awarded the qualification.

Programme Structure

One third of the course is taught and two thirds is research-based. The taught classes are:

  • Clinical skills
  • Research skills including health service skills & protocol design
  • Literature review
  • Electives
  • For full-time students the taught classes will take place in the first year of the course. For part-time students, this will take 18 months. You'll need to successfully complete the taught classes in order to proceed to the research element.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You'll be asked for information about you, your qualifications, referees, and the area in which you wish to study. There's also space for you to select a preferred supervisor and to give an outline of your proposed area of study. It's acceptable to indicate that you have no preferred supervisor.
  • Once your educational qualifications have been checked, your application will be circulated to all potential supervisors unless you have specified a supervisor your application. If a supervisor is found and you meet all the requirements, including having the funding in place to pay the fees, you'll be offered an unconditional place. You may also be offered a conditional place.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21150 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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