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  PhD Studentship in Drug Delivery and Pharmaceutics - Novel antimicrobial formulation strategies in combating skin biofilm

   Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School

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About the Project

Number of awards:


Start date and duration:

April 2019 for 3 years.


Interested in finding new treatment for skin infections? This project will investigate novel formulation strategies to overcome skin infection and biofilms.

Bacterial biofilms are responsible for a majority of human bacterial infections worldwide. They form an impenetrable physical barrier around the bacteria, protecting them from antibiotics and providing an environment that facilitates the acquisition of antibiotic resistant genes. Thus, biofilms not only significantly curtail the efficacy of current antibiotic treatments, but also threaten complete loss of efficacy for a range of antibiotics as genetically resistant strains evolve within the biofilms. There is currently no effectively treatment to combat biofilm.

The project will provide a broad training in physical chemistry, formulation development, analytical sciences, cell culture methods and biological assays.


Newcastle University (, Faculty of Medical Sciences (

Name of supervisor(s):

Dr W M Lau (, School Of Pharmacy (

Eligibility Criteria:

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, biomedical sciences, microbiology or a related area. A further qualification such as an MSc or MRes is advantageous.

This award is available to UK/EU and international applicants.

International candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees and IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

How to apply:

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account. To do this please select ‘How to Apply’ and choose the ‘Apply now’ button (

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

•click on programme of study
•insert in the 8300F programme code section and click search
•select Programme name ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full time) – Pharmacy’
•insert PH001 in the studentship/partnership reference field
•attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code PH001 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
•attach degree transcripts* and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification.

*You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted your degree transcripts.

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553 (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.