Faculty of Science



  • Full-time PhD 2-4 years
  • Part-time PhD 3-6 years

Application deadline: There are three entry points in the academic year: October, January and April. For an October start the deadline is 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: First or good second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject or lower qualification with extended and responsible experience in a relevant field in industry, teaching or government establishment, or in some branch of medicine or medical science, together with authorship of scientific or medical papers.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components)

Tuition fees

E-mail: fsci-pgadmissions@bath.ac.uk

PhD in Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Research in pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences touches all aspects of the design and use of drugs and medicines. These include drug discovery, formulation and delivery, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, immunology, infection and immunity, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacy practice. Study in these areas provides the chance to experience cutting edge research that is directly relevant to some of today’s major challenges in healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry.

Why study Pharamacy and Pharmacology with us?

  • Our department is one of the UK’s leading research hubs in pharmaceutical science, whose output is consistently ranked among the very best in the field.
  • Our research strength is based on a critical mass of internationally renowned scientists, working collaboratively and across disciplines with access to state of the art equipment and facilities.

What will I learn?

Postgraduates students in our department have the opportunity to work in a stimulating environment on leading edge projects ranging from fundamental aspects of drug discovery, action and development, to applied areas closer to healthcare delivery.

The research and generic skills training that comes with the award of a PhD from our department consistently opens the door to key positions in industry and academia, as well as a range of other professions.

At a glance

Further information please visit our department pages

Programme structure

Most research students who ‘do a PhD’ register in the first instance as probationer for the degree of PhD. Candidates are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis.

The confirmation of the PhD programme (and the end of the probationary period) is subject to students passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and on oral examination which usually takes place 12 months after the initial registration.

The final stage of the PhD degree is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.

Career opportunities

Academic positions in the UK, Egypt, Saudi-Arabia, Thailand, postdoctoral positions in academia, pharmaceutical industry research, regulatory affairs, academic publishing, management positions in UK research councils, recruitment consultancy, medical practitioners.