Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines PhD via EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre

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PhD Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines
Four years full-time; the equivalent of one year Masters level training and three years doctoral level research. 
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.
6.0 (5.5) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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School of Pharmacy via EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre
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Research overview

How this PhD works

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training works in collaboration with our academic partners at UCL and a number of leading pharmaceutical industry partners.  Together, our aim is to produce collaborative, fundamental, multidisciplinary and pharmaceutically-focused research using the most modern instrumentation and facilities. 

Brief history

In 2014, the School of Pharmacy, in partnership with University College London’s School of Pharmacy, EPSRC, and leading pharmaceutical industry companies (including Alliance Boots, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer) established a new centre of excellence in Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines - the science of developing formulation technologies that enable precise engineering of therapeutics down to the molecular level.


Intake and duration

The Centre trains 12 students a year, six based at Nottingham and six at UCL. PhD programmes are of four years duration, with the equivalent of one year Masters level training and three years doctoral level research. 

Specific entry requirements

English language requirements - IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)


How the research is structured

Initial training 

initial training covers key areas of pharmaceutical science, beginning with an introductory module in Advanced Therapeutics, peer-peer learning workshops, industry immersion mini-projects and ‘teamwork boot camps’ – designed to foster learning and networking across the cohorts and other Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). 

PhD projects

On completion of this initial training, specific PhD projects are undertaken. These are highly multidisciplinary, drawing on aspects of pharmaceutical nanotechnology, biopharmaceuticals and advanced physical, mathematical and life sciences.   Each University also organises introductory sessions on 'School Research Facilities', 'Core Skills in Laboratory Techniques' and 'Safety and Risk Assessment.’ 


Placements at varying points during the PhD programme enable students to engage and  gain valuable industry experience with our industry partners across the whole healthcare technologies ‘ecosystem,’ covering start-up companies and pharmaceutical service providers, to large global pharma.



State-of-the-art laboratory facilities

More than £9 million has gone into state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment, which are housed in the modern Boots Science Building and the £25 million Centre for Biomolecular Sciences.  The latter is the University’s largest and most ambitious research structure, bringing together some 300 scientists from across the University, including our Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Structural Biology and part of our Division of Molecular and Cellular Science.

The Boots Science Building houses the Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis, the Division of Drug Delivery and Tissue engineering and part of our Division of Molecular and Cellular Science. The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines is also housed in the Boots Science Building.

The Division of Social Research in Medicines and Health is housed in the Pharmacy School Building, alongside our teaching laboratories, state-of-the-art online dispensary and new Pharmacy.


Research support

The school is proud of the flexible training programme it provides for its postgraduate students. As well as a comprehensive induction week, you will agree an individual training programme with your supervisors to run throughout your degree course. This will provide training in key transferrable skills, via the University’s Graduate School, and in more specialized areas via bespoke courses run by the School.

You will also attend weekly seminars presented by external and internal speakers, and will be encouraged to develop your own communication and presentation skills.

A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Students' Union are a particularly important source of support.


Find a supervisor

Due to the nature of PhD programme within the EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines, you will be selecting your PhD project during the initial year of the programme. As an indication of research areas of PhDs in the Centre, please check our web page and watch our students' comments on the Centre. 



Studentships available to UK/EU Students

Funding provided by the EPSRC, including both fees and a stipend covering the entire four-year programme, is available for UK and EU applicants. 

International Students

International students are welcome to apply for a place within the CDT for Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines but unfortunately are not eligible for EPSRC funding. International applicants will need to provide evidence in their application of having received a scholarship to cover the entire four-year programme. As an international student you will be required to obtain funding to cover both tuition fees and living costs.  If you are unsure of your funding status, please visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

Please visit the following webpage to find out about the tuition fees.

Further information regarding funding opportunities can be obtained from the International Office, or you can email:

The following websites may also be useful: 

Some international organisations such as United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) or World Health Organization (WHO), operate their own schemes. Details are available through your own governments' education department or Ministry of Education.

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

Assists students from Commonwealth Countries for research postgraduate degrees. Nomination of candidates is by local committees in the Commonwealth country concerned. Final selection is made in the UK by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.  Applicants should apply through the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency in the Commonwealth countries involved.  Applicants should be resident in their own country at the time of application.

Please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) website to find out more about their awards. 



Visit the School page for additional opportunities.

Career Prospects and Employability

Graduates from the Centre for Doctoral Training have gone on to successful careers at the cutting-edge of the pharmaceuticals industry with companies such as AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta, and Unilever. Others have entered academia, taking up Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, lectureships, and research positions at institutions such as University of Oxford, University of Manchester, University of Hertfordshire, University of Nottingham, University of Glasgow, and Trinity College Dublin

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers** and 
can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career. 

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and 
specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills 
workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

** The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.


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