Research course


University of East Anglia · School of Pharmacy
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

UEA's School of Pharmacy is the top-ranked School in the UK for research outputs, as confirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Our research is highly innovative in its breadth of topics. All aspects of pharmacy-related research are covered – from molecular pharmacology and drug design, pharmaceutic technology and process, through to professional practice, service and health policy research. Research is focused on four broad themes, although much of our research is cross disciplinary in nature and collaborations between the sections are common. Our four research themes are:

Drug Delivery and Pharmaceutical Materials - Research in this area focuses on the development of novel drug delivery systems based on a fundamental understanding of their structure and properties. The research grouping is internationally recognised for developing applications of state-of-the-art analytical (such as solid-state NMR, thermal methods and atomic force microscopy) and modelling tools within the pharmaceutical sciences. Other key areas of research in the group include development of new nanopharmaceuticals, materials for pulmonary delivery (including peptides), and polymer-based pharmaceutical dispersions.

Medicinal Chemistry - Research has a strong focus at the chemistry-biology interface, ranging from the synthesis of natural products and classical medicinal chemistry through to new approaches to drug delivery vehicles and the discovery and study of new microbial drug targets at the molecular level. Natural products form a key starting point for the synthesis of new agents and biological targets include protein-protein interactions, enzymes and nucleic acids. Supramolecular compounds are being investigated as potential delivery systems for DNA, siRNA and small molecules.

Medicines Management - Medicines management research is designed to optimise the use of medicines in patients, with a focus on improving the selection and monitoring of medicines and on enhancing patient medicine taking behaviour. The research grouping, which collaborates with colleagues from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and local NHS Trusts, is currently developing interventions to improve medicines used within care homes, to help patients with swallowing difficulties to take their medicines and to help patients who are unable to take their medicines due to either intentional or unintentional reasons.

Molecular Pharmacology - The major focus of this research is on age-related diseases (including cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory diseases and neurodegenerative disorders). There is a strong emphasis on understanding receptor function and cell signalling mechanisms in these diseases, identifying novel therapeutic targets and understanding the mechanisms of action of novel therapeutics and nutraceuticals. Researchers in this area collaborate with other Schools in the Faculty of Science, the Norwich Medical School and the research institutes within the Norwich Research Park.

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Information for international students

English entry requirements are: IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in all components) or equivalent qualification.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709