Research course

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The University of Manchester · School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Entry requirements

An honours degree (minimum 2:1), or the overseas equivalent, in an appropriate subject.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

The School is dedicated to improving the design, development and use of medicines within six research themes: design of novel anti-cancer compounds; improving understanding and design of anti infective and novel diagnostic agents; prediction of pharmacokinetics in humans; delivery and pharmacokinetics of biopharmaceuticals; controlled and responsive drug delivery; and policy-relevant medicines research. Students normally register on a project related to one of these themes. Students attend mandatory and optional training courses, many in the form of one- or two-day workshops and participate in assessed research presentations. The degree is awarded on the quality of the final research thesis.

Department specialisms

Anticancer and Antiparasitic Rational Drug Design and Synthesis; Bacterial Biofilms; Cell and Tumour Biology; Drug Delivery and Targeting; Nanoparticle and Nanopharmaceutical Technology; P450 Biochemistry; Phytopharmacy; Combinational Chemistry; Peptide.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 575 paper based or 230 computer based.

Fees and funding

The majority of funding for PhD study is sourced from the UK Research Councils, Industry, Charitable Trusts or Employers. Further information is available from the School website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0) 161 306 0259