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Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology research

Our research spans fundamental drug discovery science, target identification through to health care delivery and lifelong health.

Research themes

We have a long-standing and internationally recognised reputation for high-quality, translational research with an overall aim of improved health outcomes.


Drug and target discovery

We deliver innovative drug and target discovery science to address to priority health and medical problems.

Medicines design

Our aim is to understand and apply underlying scientific principles in the rational design of medicines.

Impact from our Research Excellence

91% of our research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Learn more about how our research helps to shape a better future.


Companies founded by our academics

Find out more about the companies which where founded by our academics. Some of them have now been acquired by major pharmaceutical companies.


Iksuda Therapeutics

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Iksuda Therapeutics creates next-generation ADCs targeting difficult-to-treat cancers, including those that are resistant or refractory to current therapies.

Nanopharm Ltd.

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The world’s leading provider of orally inhaled and nasal drug product design and development services - now acquired by Aptar Group.

Applied Molecular Transport

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We are focused on developing novel oral medicines to treat autoimmune/inflammatory, gastrointestinal (GI) and metabolic diseases.


Sterix Ltd.

The Bath-Imperial spin-out Sterix specialised in new-generation steroid-based therapeutics and was acquired by the French pharmaceutical company Ipsen.

Our Research Centres

Our research centres build a lively research community across intra- and interdisciplinary fields.


Centre for Therapeutic Innovation

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We transform innovation, arisen from basic research, to diagnostics and prognostics, medicines design and delivery, leading to personalised medicine.

Cancer Research at Bath

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Our mission is to improve cancer patient outcomes by fostering links between Bath’s scientists and clinicians.

Neuroscience network

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An interdisciplinary group from psychology, biology and biochemistry, pharmacy and pharmacology, physics and computer science and local hospital research teams.


Our Contribution to Other Research Centres

We also support research in faculty- and university-wide interdisciplinary research centres.


Institute for Mathematical Innovation

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The Institute for Mathematical Innovation delivers multi-disciplinary and mathematically grounded research for real-world, societal and industrial challenges.


Our Facilities

Explore our state-of-the-art facilities available for teaching, research and industry with expert support from University staff.



Doctoral Training

We offer projects over a broad spectrum of subject areas. Projects are available as part of Doctoral Training Partnerships as well as on an individual basis.


Doctoral College

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We support and enrich the experience of our doctoral researchers and play a key role in developing policy and strategy relevant to doctoral study.


Join us

Apply now for one of our academic positions.

Research Consortium

Find out more about research consortia in which we participate.


Major Grants

Find out more about some of our major research grants.


INFORM 2020

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Molecules to Manufacture: Processing and Formulation Engineering of Inhalable Nanoaggregates and Microparticles

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Our internationally recognised centre of excellence covers all the skills you'll need to develop and prescribe medicinal products.