Ph.D. On Campus

Drug Delivery and Microbiology

Cardiff University

36 months
Tuition fee
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Drug Delivery and Microbiology is a research theme from Cardiff University within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences research programmes (MPhil, MD, PhD).


Drug Delivery and Microbiology from Cardiff University  aim is to:

  • Understanding the nature of biological barriers and developing advanced systems to improve the delivery of therapeutics.
  • Understanding microbial survival strategies, microbial contamination of pharmaceutical products, control of microbial infection in healthcare environments.

Distinctive features

  • Imaging and cytometry facilities,
  • Containment laboratories and suites for prokaryote and eukaryote investigations,
  • Cell and molecular biology resources,
  • A dedicated ultra centrifuge suite, advanced chromatographic equipment,
  • Polymer chemistry equipment for synthesis and characterisation,
  • A GMP suite for clinical trial formulations

Programme Structure

Research themes

  • Pulmonary drug delivery
  • Microneedle delivery of drugs and biologics
  • Stability of total parenteral nutrition admixtures
  • Molecular imprinting
  • Cell membrane penetration
  • Transdermal penetration of drugs
  • Interaction of microorganisms with pharmaceuticals
  • Antimicrobial mechanisms
  • Diagnostics for infectious agents, especially B.anthracis and Cl. Difficile

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be made at any time, but in addition there will be specific calls, which have associated instructions and deadlines.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Exam results (copies of original certificates or transcripts and English translations, if necessary, to prove you have the qualifications listed on your application form)
  • References: some programmes require one or two references (usually at least one from a recent lecturer or professor) – you can ask your referee to download and fill out our Referee report form or obtain a signed and dated reference on headed paper
  • Personal statement (some programmes require a specific personal statement, so check the entry requirements for your programme)
  • Research proposal (for research students who are not applying for listed projects)
  • English Language certificates (for applicants whose first language is not English) 

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees status is determined during the processing of applications, so we are unable to confirm this in advance or advise on fees status decisions.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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