Research course

Drug Delivery and Microbiology

Cardiff University · Welsh School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

Suitable for graduates in Pharmacy, Biosciences, Chemistry, and related disciplines. A 1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree or equivalent is required.

There is a minimum English language requirement for overseas students of an IELTS score of 6.5 or the equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Programme Aims

  • Understanding the nature of biological barriers and developing advanced systems to improve the delivery of therapeutics.
  • Understanding microbial survival strategies, microbial contamination of pharmaceutical products, control of microbial infection in healthcare environments.

Programme Description

The School's four research disciplines represent the resource platform for the maintenance and technical support of clusters of specialised equipment and facilities shared on a pooled basis throughout the school. Although staff are located within a specific discipline, much of the research is cross disciplinary and often involves collaboration with other groups within the University and elsewhere.

Areas of Expertise

  • molecular imprinting;
  • pharmaceutical engineering of therapeutic microneedles;
  • technological & biological aspects of transcutaneous drug and gene delivery;
  • technological & biological aspects of pulmonary drug and gene delivery;
  • synthesis and exploitation of novel polymer systems;
  • technological & biological aspects in the tissue and cellular trafficking of macromolecules;
  • phage as a therapeutic and a display technology;
  • bioimaging;
  • quantitative analytical chemistry;
  • particle characterisation; technological and biological aspects of the study of biocides, formulation preservation and biofilm formation;
  • vaccine development.

Details of specialist facilities and areas of research can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Please see the School of Pharmacy website for details about studentship opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Wendy Davies
+44 (0)29 2087 6419