University of Huddersfield

Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered.This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A full-time PhD is a three year full-time programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 40,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

Entry Requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:

  • a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with the written element at least 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable

Course Details

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas

A non-steroidal topical formulation for relieving symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis) in babies and young children
Design of novel mucosal drug delivery formulations
Developing novel formulations for drug delivery to the skin
Developing novel personalised 3D printed pharmaceutical formulations
Development and characterisation of palatable paediatric formulations using novel technologies
Diabetes Risk Index: an improved risk-scoring approach in identifying individuals at high risk of developing diabetes in UK.
Exploiting bioadhesion to improve drug delivery
Gastric balloon: a non-invasive weight loss intervention
Identification of MS biomarkers
Investigation of the anti-tumour activity of novel compounds originating from synthetic, plants/natural products, cannabinoids and omega-3
Novel formulation approaches to improve delivery and efficacy of drugs
Novel formulation approaches to improve delivery and efficacy of drugs
Particle engineering and solubility enhancements of pharmaceuticals
Pharmaceutical application of Biopolymers
Pharmaceutical applications of clays
Pharmaceutical applications of natural polymers
Phytoestrogens in Neuroinflammation
Pre-clinical biological and pharmacological screening and evaluation of novel compounds for potential anti-cancer activity.
Repurposing Drugs for Alzheimer’s disease
Repurposing drugs for the treatment of inflammatory conditions
Targeting cancer’s metabolic re-wiring - potential opportunities to selectively kill cancer cells?
UV imaging in Pharmaceuticals
Ungunal/Transungual drug delivery
Validation and development of translational biomarkers of CNS diseases.

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