Pharmacy research opportunities


Key facts

  • The School of Pharmacy is one of the most exciting, dynamic and widely respected academic schools of its kind in Europe.
  • Joint 1st in the UK on quality of research for Pharmacy Schools (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • The only School of Pharmacy to have 100% of research at 4* in the 'Impact on Society’ category (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • Ranked 6th in the world in the QS World Rankings 2018 for pharmacy and pharmacology.
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About the school

Established in 1925 and boasting a rich and distinguished heritage, the School of Pharmacy 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 the University of Nottingham.

Our research

Our research is focused on understanding some of the most complex and challenging diseases of our time and developing treatments that are truly pioneering. 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. 

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 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. 

Connections with industry

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
  • AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca has set up a unique major doctoral training centre in the School in conjunction with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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.



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