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Pharmacy PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

We have 32 Pharmacy PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

A PhD in Pharmacy gives you the chance to lead your own research project that will further our current understanding of pharmaceuticals. Whether you are researching medicines tailored to an ageing population, optimising existing drugs through changes in dosage, or looking at the causes of neurological and psychiatric diseases, you will be aiming to improve the lives of millions of people around the globe.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Pharmacy?

Doing a PhD in Pharmacy, you will become proficient in the skills necessary to contribute to a research portfolio which spans pharmacy practice, pharmaceutics, and drug discovery. You will spend time reading around your research area and gain inspiration for methods to improve your experimental work. Your main aim will be to exploit the current advances in pharmaceutical practices and biological sciences.

Some typical research topics in Pharmacy include:

  • nanomedicine and biotherapeutics
  • developing nanomaterials for drug delivery
  • infection and antimicrobial resistance
  • pharmacy practice

Typical Pharmacy PhD research projects take between three and four years to complete. During a standard PhD day, you will either be in the laboratory performing, preparing, or planning experiments, (if your project is laboratory based), researching pharmacy practice and policy, writing up sections of your thesis, and chatting to your colleagues and supervisor about your current and upcoming work.

To be awarded your PhD, you must submit a thesis of about 60,000 words and defend this during your viva exam.

PhD in Pharmacy entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Pharmacy usually involves a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You will also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. You may also need some professional experience in Pharmacy, depending on the programme.

PhD in Pharmacy funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Pharmacy are funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), which provides a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding or apply for a project that already has funding attached. 

It is also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Pharmacy (although this cannot be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you are considering a part-time PhD in Pharmacy, it may also be worth asking your employer if they are happy to sponsor you. 

PhD in Pharmacy careers

On completion of your PhD, you may go into a research role at a university or pharmaceutical company, or you may find a career in regulatory affairs, the NHS (National Health Service) or scientific publishing, drug licensing or clinical trial research.

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Mechanism of Action Directed Implementation of a High Activity Anti-Pancreatic Cancer Lead

A 4-year PhD studentship is currently available in a Chemistry-Pharmacy-Bioscience team coordinated by Simon Woodward, Huw Williams and Isolda Romero-Canelón to be filled as soon as possible, for an October 2024 start. Read more

Developing an AI predictive model of the risk of medicine non-adherence in patients with T2D.

  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences
Medicine non-compliance in Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is a global burden contributing to increased health costs. The main objective of this project is to develop an effective universal model to predict the risk of medicine non-adherence in patients with T2D. Read more

Digital Health Solution for Optimising Health Literacy, Medication Adherence and Clinical Outcomes in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Northern Ireland

  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences
There are currently 112,000 people with diabetes in Northern Ireland, and this number is expected to increase. Lifestyle factors that contribute to the increased prevalence of disease-related distress have an impact on T2DM, which typically develops in adulthood. Read more

Biopharmaceutics tools for Long Acting Injectables

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project to commence as soon as possible (date to be agreed with the lead supervisor). Read more
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Continuous extrusion manufacturing for the development of pharmaceutical products (VCS-FES-04-22)

Continuous manufacturing (CM) using Hot-melt extrusion (HME) coupled with 3D printing is an emerging processing technology in pharmaceutical industry due to its wide range of applications. Read more

Novel strategies and innovative technologies to produce amorphous solid dispersion

Poor drug solubility presents a major challenge in drug product development of oral solid dosage (OSD) forms. However, many new development compounds exhibit poor solubility and only a few of them reach market approval. Read more

Microfluidic technologies applied to respiratory diseases

Subject area. 3D Printing, lab-on-a-chip, Drug Delivery, Pharmaceutical Technology. In Preclinical studies, a large number of molecules and biomolecules, in a very short time, have to be evaluated in terms of efficacy and toxicity. Read more

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