Pharmacy PhD

PhD Pharmacy
Join a thriving research community exploring world-changing issues at the forefront of science and healthcare.

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Pharmacy PhD
3–4 years full-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject

6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element) except pharmacy policy and practice, where 7.0 is required (no less than 6.5 in each element).

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September and February
University Park Campus
Other requirements



Our research

The School came joint 1st in the UK on quality of research for Pharmacy Schools in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and is the only School of Pharmacy to have 100% of research at 4* in the 'Impact on Society’ category. 

We are ranked 8th in the world in the 2019 QS World Rankings for pharmacy and pharmacology.

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All of our postgraduate research students are based in one of our five research divisions:

Read more about the people, research and facilities in these divisions on our research division pages. You will also be able to identify a potential supervisor for your project, which you are strongly encouraged to do before you apply. You can approach any member of staff in relation to a research project of your own devising and you can look at our current vacancies.

Please note that you will be studying for a ‘PhD in Pharmacy’ and when you apply for a place.



Research facilities

The School is based in three buildings on University Park:

  • Boots Science Building
  • Centre for Biomolecular Sciences
  • Pharmacy School Building

You will be loaned a new laptop for the duration of your studies and allocated space in a shared office in one of our three buildings.

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We are proud of the flexible training programme provided for our postgraduate students. As well as a comprehensive induction week, you will devise an individual training programme with your supervisors to run throughout your studies. This will provide training in key transferrable skills, via courses offered by the University’s Graduate School, and in more specialised areas via bespoke courses run by the School.

You will be encouraged to develop your own communication and presentation skills through presenting your own work to your research division and at weekly PGR seminars. You will also be invited to attend School research seminars presented by external and internal staff.


Research support

School supervision and support

In joining the School you will be joining a vibrant research community. You will have at least two supervisors who will support you throughout your studies. In addition, the School has two PGR Tutors, a Disability Liaison Officer and a Welfare Officer who can provide additional support.

All students are entitled to 30 days’ annual leave a year, in addition to bank holidays and University closure days. If you are unwell for a prolonged period of time then you can apply to ‘interrupt’ your studies and return when you are well again.

We fully support our students in taking maternity/paternity/adoption leave. For students whose funding body does not offer paid maternity leave, the School will fund 6 months of paid time off. Students can access the University’s Childcare Services on their return to studying.

Student Services

Student Services provide a range of support and information to enhance your student experience. They are part of a comprehensive network of University services that includes academic and disability support, counselling, financial support and childcare services.

Centre for English Language Education

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and English language support, as well as a social programme for its students.

Students' Union

The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre and dedicated Postgraduate Officer.

Researcher Development Programme

Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty specific and doctoral training programmes. They deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their researcher development programme.


Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area.

Details of research supervisors at the University can be found on our research A to Z.


Fees and funding

UK/EU students

For UK students the research councils (BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC and MRC), the University, industry and various charities provide studentships covering tuition fees and subsistence. Research council studentships may be CASE awards, which are joint with an industrial partner. Other sources for Pharmacists include NIHR PhD fellowships.

Research council studentships may be taken up by EU citizens. Studentships from industry, charities and the University vary but will often cover tuition and subsistence. EU citizens may also apply for scholarships in advance through your current university EU office.

The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. The Graduate School also holds a list of  other sources of fundingStudentship opportunities are also available. 

As a student on this course, we do not anticipate any extra significant costs, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies which you would need to factor into your budget.

We also offer an ipad for the year and have a supply of laptops which students can loan. 

International students

As an international student you will require tuition fees and you will also need to provide living costs. Please visit the following webpage to find out about the tuition fees.

Further information regarding funding opportunities can be obtained from the International Office.

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

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.  


Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 97.4% of postgraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,301 with the highest being £37,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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Career prospects and employability

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.

You can read more about the specific support for students in the School of Pharmacy.

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 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.


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