Pharmacy Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MSc (Res), MPhil (Res)

We are top-ranked for research outputs in Pharmacy in the UK, as confirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (Times Higher Education 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 formulation, 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, as well as links with other Schools in the Faculty of Science, the Norwich Medical School, local NHS trusts and the research institutes within the Norwich Research Park. 

Our four research themes are: 

Drug Delivery and Pharmaceutical Materials - Research 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 methods such as solid-state NMR, thermal analysis, atomic force microscopy, and modelling tools within the pharmaceutical sciences. Other key areas of research in the group include the development of new nanopharmaceuticals, materials for pulmonary delivery (including peptides), polymer-based pharmaceutical dispersions, tissue engineering and 3D printing. 

Medicinal Chemistry - Research is focused at the chemistry-biology interface, ranging from the synthesis of natural products and classical medicinal chemistry through to new approaches including drug delivery vehicles and targeting antimicrobial resistance at the molecular level. Areas of expertise include natural product discovery and characterisation, enzyme inhibitors, protein-protein interactions, antibody-drug conjugates, antibiotics, epigenetics, nucleic acids, peptides and supramolecular assemblies for drug delivery. 

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 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 – Research is focused on age-related diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory diseases, metabolic syndrome, cataracts 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. 

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Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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