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Pharmacy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #173 (QS) ,
The School of Pharmacy focuses its research activities on key areas of the pharmaceutical sciences and clinical and primary care aspects of pharmacy. Our research spans a wide range of scientific and professional disciplines. It is characterised by being multidisciplinary, internationally-connected and, ultimately, relevant to patients. 

About

The School achieved an excellent result in REF 2014, we have 92% of our research falling within the highest quality 4* and 3* categories. We are now one of the leading centres for pharmaceutical research in the UK. The School is also committed to research excellence. 

This is achieved through continual review of research standards, strategic recruitment and development of external and internal collaborations. The School has a a broad portfolio of high quality research income and School staff publish widely in leading journals and present their work at national and international conferences.

The research focuses on making real-world improvements for patients through our expertise in pharmaceutical science and practice and is grouped into 5 themes with associated areas of activity which are mainly funded by UK and European Government sources, leading medical charities and the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Nanomedicine and Biotherapeutics

This area looks at the development of novel technologies and targeted therapies for advanced healthcare solutions including anticancer therapeutics, nano delivery of macromolecules; proteases in disease and natural peptides. 

  • Pharmaceutical Materials Science and Formulation 

This activity centres around the design, development and industrial translation of novel systems for patient-focused administration of difficult-to-deliver drugs including; HIV prevention and multipurpose prevention technologies; solid dosage forms and microneedles.

  • Drug Delivery and Biomaterials 

The area looks at the development of materials which interface with the body and provide enhanced functionality, such as drug delivery, infection resistance or monitoring of levels of drug or host markers in 3 main areas, Photoactive Biomaterials, Polymeric Medical Devices and Sensor Development.

  • Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance

This comprises basic and clinical research to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of infection, in particular Respiratory Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Novel Antimicrobials and Anti-Infective Biomaterials

  • Healthcare Delivery and Medicines Optimisation

This area encompasses the development and implementation of interventions that improve the health outcomes of patients in primary and secondary care including Systems of Healthcare Delivery; Quality of Care in Vulnerable Populations and Clinical Paediatrics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research areas:
  •  Nanomedicine And Biotherapeutics
  •  Pharmaceutical Materials Science And Formulation
  •  Drug Delivery And Biomaterials
  •  Infection And Antimicrobial Resistance
  •  Healthcare Delivery And Medicines Optimisation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    95

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  • Minimum required score:

    67

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Recommended score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Degree transcripts for all completed periods of study
  • Copies of your official Degree/Diploma Certificates
  • Research proposal.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Belfast

  • 561 - 890 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

We offer fully funded studentships to outstanding postgraduate researchers across our three faculties and five Doctoral Training Centres.

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