- Design projects
- Doctoral skills online
- Doctoral skills workshop
- Interaction and networking
- Laboratory sessions
- Online resources
- Practical sessions
- Research project
- Supervisory team
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.
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.
Our graduates have gone on to work in academic positions in the UK, Egypt, Saudi-Arabia, Thailand, as well as positions in pharmaceutical industry research, regulatory affairs, academic publishing, management positions in UK research councils, recruitment consultancy, medical practitioners.
Most students complete this programme in 6 years. You cannot take less than 3 years to finish your research and the maximum time you are allowed is normally 6 years.
You may start this programme at any time. Most students start in September.
Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
Your academic progress and general welfare will be monitored by your supervisor.
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.
Go to our department research page to find out more about our research.
Professional development is a crucial element of doctoral study, not only in supporting your research but also as part of your longer term career development. Our DoctoralSkills workshops and courses will help you build your skills and help you succeed in your doctorate.
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.
First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject. In certain circumstances we may be able to consider a candidate with a lower second class honours degree or equivalent if the candidate has several years of relevant appropriate industrial or clinical experience.
You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course.
If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.
Two references are required. At least one of these should be an academic reference from the most recent place of study.
Fees and funding information for Pharmacy and Pharmacology PhD
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home or Overseas student.
Learn how we decide fee status
Tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students. If you aren't paying your fees in British pounds, you should also budget for possible fluctuations in your own currency.
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You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card or bank transfer.
3 months prior to the intended start date (for international applicants) or 2 months prior to the intended start date (for home applicants). For example, for an end of September start, the deadline is 30 June (international) and 31 July (home).
Applicants should be clear in highlighting how their PhD will be funded, what support they have arranged in advance, or how they need assistance applying for grants and scholarships.
See our guide about how to apply for doctoral study
Applicants will attend an Microsoft Teams or Skype interview with the potential Supervisory Team and the Admissions Tutor.
This PhD is covered by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). If you are an international student, you may require an ATAS certificate to join this course and you can find out more about the visa requirements for studying in the UK.
For additional support please contact the Student Immigration Service for matters related to student visas and immigration.