Pharmacy research opportunities


The University of Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy is one of the most exciting, dynamic and widely respected academic schools of its kind in Europe. Established in 1925 and boasting a rich and distinguished heritage, our school aims to nurture outstanding researchers in a modern, forward-thinking and exciting place of work. A visit to meet our internationally renowned staff and our multimillion pound facilities reveals the outstanding and wide-ranging research opportunities available at Nottingham.

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That research is very much focused on understanding some of the most complex and challenging diseases of our time and developing treatments that are truly pioneering. To this end, we work with many of the major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and have had the vision to start up several successful commercial ventures, providing valuable services to the pharmaceutical industry, creating employment and boosting Nottingham’s official status as a Science City. 

As evidence of our innovative approach, we have adventurously opened a second site on the University’s campus in Malaysia, giving UK and international undergraduates the unique opportunity to split their degree over two countries and providing a research base for postgraduate students. 

In 2008 we were ranked the top UK School of Pharmacy in the national Research Assessment Exercise with 95% of our research judged to be of international quality and 35% world-leading.  In July 2007, in recognition of our continual success in ‘enhancing significantly the development of new medicines’, the school was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Innovation. This is the highest corporate accolade that can be bestowed and a rare achievement for any academic department. In addition, a spin-out company from the school, Molecular Profiles also won a Queen’s Award. 

Faced with exciting opportunities for new therapeutic targets and treatments that will improve the lives of millions of people, we’re proud to be at the forefront of world-changing, interdisciplinary research that’s both innovative and relevant. 

Our research received the top rating in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise and was recognised to be of ‘international excellence’. Our highly respected academics work in a broad range of areas including drug delivery and tissue engineering; the social aspects of medicines and health; medicinal chemistry and structural biology; molecular and cellular science; nanotechnology and biophysics and surface analysis. 

Working alongside the academics and research staff are some of the most talented postgraduate students in the world – the majority of whom are funded through competitive research council studentships. Every year we take on around 50 PhD students; the largest intake of any UK pharmacy school. 

Researchers receive funding from many of the major UK and Europe funding councils as well as from industry. We work with many of the major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, UCB, 3M Healthcare, Abbott, Smith & Nephew and AstraZeneca, that latter of which has set up a unique major doctoral training centre in the School in conjunction with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Key Facts
  • The School was the top UK School of Pharmacy in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
  • Our outstanding research has led to many commercial advances, including a number of drug developments, more than two dozen filed patents, and almost 30 licensing deals and research programmes involving over 40 international pharmaceutical companies
  • As well as partnerships with industry, we’ve also launched several successful spin-out companies in order to commercialise services and products that have been developed in-house
  • In July 2007, in recognition of our continual success in ‘enhancing significantly the development of new medicines’, the School was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Innovation


Louisa Buonocore

School of Pharmacy

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