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PhD Study in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

PhD Study in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Applications are invited from self-funded full-time applicants to undertake a PhD in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Sunderland. Applications for part-time study or an MPhil will also be considered.

Following multi-million pound investment in infrastructure and state of the art equipment, the School can provide expert PhD supervision across multi-disciplinary research projects in the areas of Cancer Research, Biochemistry, Medicinal and Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Cosmetic Sciences and Pharmacy Practice. A description of some staff research interests can be found here.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their research interest with the prospective supervisor in order to create a 2-3 page research proposal highlighting the research aims and the original contribution to knowledge that is expected to emerge from the research. For a full list of staff research interests and further information about the application process please contact the School’s Research Student Manager Dr Shafiq Ahmed ([email protected])

PhD Study in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for a postgraduate research degree is a UK First or 2:1 honours degree or a UK Master’s degree in the relevant discipline. Equivalent international qualification may also be acceptable. Students without a relevant degree might like to consider one of the School’s taught MSc course before applying for a PhD.


All international students studying at postgraduate level are automatically awarded a £1,500 scholarship in each year of study. The University of Sunderland is an eligible institution for U.S. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Federal School Code: G35073) and Canada Student Loan Programme (EI Code: PUFL). UK students also have the opportunity to apply for the recently established government postgraduate loans to cover living costs and fees (

Applications are accepted throughout the year by Graduate Research Support. Programme start dates are 1st October, 1st February, and 1st May. Additional information regarding research degree programmes, university fees, and making an application can be found here.

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