Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Huddersfield - UCAS

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Course summary

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge. A full-time PhD is a three year full-time programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 40,000 words. Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field. You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods). You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.


There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

  • A non-steroidal topical formulation for relieving symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis) in babies and young children
  • Design of novel mucosal drug delivery formulations
  • Developing novel formulations for drug delivery to the skin
  • Developing novel personalised 3D printed pharmaceutical formulations
  • Development and characterisation of palatable paediatric formulations using novel technologies
  • Diabetes Risk Index: an improved risk-scoring approach in identifying individuals at high risk of developing diabetes in UK.
  • Exploiting bioadhesion to improve drug delivery
  • Gastric balloon: a non-invasive weight loss intervention
  • Identification of MS biomarkers
  • Investigation of the anti-tumour activity of novel compounds originating from synthetic, plants/natural products, cannabinoids and omega-3
  • Novel formulation approaches to improve delivery and efficacy of drugs
  • Novel formulation approaches to improve delivery and efficacy of drugs
  • Particle engineering and solubility enhancements of pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmaceutical application of Biopolymers
  • Pharmaceutical applications of clays
  • Pharmaceutical applications of natural polymers
  • Phytoestrogens in Neuroinflammation
  • Pre-clinical biological and pharmacological screening and evaluation of novel compounds for potential anti-cancer activity.
  • Repurposing Drugs for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Repurposing drugs for the treatment of inflammatory conditions
  • Targeting cancer’s metabolic re-wiring - potential opportunities to selectively kill cancer cells?
  • UV imaging in Pharmaceuticals
  • Ungunal/Transungual drug delivery
  • Validation and development of translational biomarkers of CNS diseases.
We undertake world class research across a range of disciplines - from identifying targets for new drugs to combat important diseases like depression through to developing and improving drug delivery methods by inhalation and other routes. Research within the Pharmaceutical Sciences can be split into themes:
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Material
  • Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics.
To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts’ which features profiles of all our academic staff. You should enter the project title and supervisor in the online application form. No research proposal is necessary in your application.

How to apply

International applicants

This course has a subject classification which requires students whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to have an ATAS certificate, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

Further information can be found on the UK Government's website:

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is: * a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or * an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or * appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £2420 Year 1
Northern Ireland £2420 Year 1
Scotland £2420 Year 1
Wales £2420 Year 1
Channel Islands £2420 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £2420 Year 1
EU £8500 Year 1
International £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees for UK students will cover the cost of your study at the University. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see our Fees and Finance - Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X). If you are an EU or international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Huddersfield - UCAS