Research course

Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences Research

University of Brighton · School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
PhDMPhilDProfPhD by publication

Entry requirements

MPhil normally requires a relevant first- or 2nd-class honours degree. PhD normally requires a relevant Master's degree. Research and/or professional experience is also considered. Additional documents required: two references (one academic), proof of qualifications, and passport copy. For overseas students an English language qualification meeting the University's minimum requirements or proof of having studied a previous degree in English is essential.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

The UK government's last Research Assessment Exercise confirmed 80 per cent of the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences' research to be of international standing and 10 per cent to be world leading. The school continues to build on this research excellence as reflected by increases in publication output, research grant income and research student numbers. The school has also developed and led a number of government and EU-funded collaborative programmes.

Forty full-time academic staff are supported by 27 technical staff with 50 registered research students/assistants, 18 research fellows and seven technicians.

Research is structured in a multidisciplinary way to explore underlying pathogenic mechanisms in specific disease states, from which novel approaches to prophylaxis and therapy may be devised and evaluated. Pathological conditions under investigation include diabetes, ageing, obstructive airway diseases, asthma, microbial infection of mucosal and implanted surfaces, and host reactions to implanted materials. Particular emphasis is placed on offering ultimate practical application in the healthcare field.

The core chemical, biological and molecular facilities in the school are supported by state-of-the-art instrumentation for automated analytical and quantitative chromatography (HPLC, CZE), CHN analysis and spectroscopy (UV, FT-IR). A dedicated image/surface analysis suite houses electron, confocal, optical and atomic force microscopes plus 3 test quartz crystal resonance sensors and other electroanalytical equipment. The analytical equipment base also includes a GC-mass spectrometer, a 360MHz NMR and molecular modelling work stations. Support facilities include general electronic workshops, a GMP-accredited pharmaceutical manufacturing suite, a containment level-3 microbiology laboratory and three category-2 tissue culture rooms. Latest additions include: a Nicolet FT-IR/FT-Raman spectrophotometer, a Wallac gamma counter, a Malvern Zetamaster and a MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer.

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-60 months


part time
30-48 months
full time
18-36 months


part time
48-72 months
full time
48-72 months

PhD by publication

full time
12 months

Course contact details

School Office
+44 (0)1273 642111