PhD (School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences)


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Program Description

Apply to study your PhD at the Bradford School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, which encompasses multidisciplinary research in the Centre of Pharmaceutical Engineering Science and is also research active in the following areas:

  • Education Innovation Research & Development
  • Medicines Development and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Medicines Optimisation
  • Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Institute of Cancer Therapeutics

You are welcome to contact the listed supervisors before submitting your applications - contact details are listed under each project.

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) rated 92% of our research as of international quality/world-leading.

We welcome applications for postgraduate research degrees all year round and will consider alternative starting dates when the timing doesn't fit with our two enrolment intake dates: October and February.

Entry requirements

Faculty research is very important and recruitment of high-quality postgraduate research students is a key part of the Faculty of Life Sciences strategic plan.

Selection of PGR students will be subject to successful interview (either in person or by Skype or conference call) by the supervisory team and one independent member of academic staff with significant PGR supervisory experience.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we ask for a minimum standard entry requirement of 6.0 IELTS (with subtests not lower than 5.5).

The certificate must have been gained within two years of the proposed start date.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

We aim to train multidisciplinary researchers capable of working as independent investigators and/or academics across the public and private sectors. Each individual team member is encouraged to expand their horizons overarching various aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice.

The Faculty of Life Sciences is the largest in the University with an active PGR community. The University strategy is implemented at Faculty level within an institutional PGR Framework and is in line with QAA/RCUK recommendations. Each PGR student is a member of Bradford School of Pharmacy affiliated to one of our research groups. PGR students are allocated to the supervisory team comprising of the principal investigator of the project and the second supervisor.

Students are required to undertake training in scientific writing, producing a critical appraisal of research in their field within their first 6 months and additionally have access to Masters (level 7) modules to enhance skills relevant to their project such as for example separation techniques (HPLC), spectroscopic methods (FTIR, RAMAN), structural crystallography and others.

Throughout the course of study, students are responsible for developing a Personal Development Folder which incorporates monitoring and progression requirements as well as generic and specific training records.

Students have several opportunities to present their work to their peers within the faculty at regular research seminar series and at a dedicated Symposium aligned with the Faculty Research Open Day.

Medicines Development and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research facilities of the MDPS research group are located in state-of-the-art laboratories located in the Norcroft Building.

Research spaces are close to the facilities of the Research Analytical Centre and are shared with the Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science, directed by Professor Anant Paradkar.

Our core processing facilities include: spray driers, freeze dryer, planetary mill, mixer mill, tablet press, high share granulator, fluid bed coater and hot melt extruders.

Analytical equipment comprises inversed gas chromatography, dynamic vapour sorption, spectrometers (FTIR, RAMAN), HPLCs with DAD, UV and spectrofluorometric detectors, UPLC, X-ray powder diffraction and single-crystal instruments as well as thermal analyses suit: differential scanning calorimeter, thermogravimetric analysis instruments with autosamplers as well as dynamic mechanical analyser.

Researchers have direct access to a scanning electron microscope.

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

In addition to capabilities for molecular and cellular biology, the core facility includes shared technological platforms: these include cell culture facilities, and industry-standard Flexstation 3 and luminometer technologies for plate-based assays, high-throughput immunoblotting and imaging, an electrophysiology suite and image analysis.

The group also has access to the Bio-imaging suite (live imaging, confocal, light microscopy, laser dissection microscopy, electron microscopy), Biological Services Unit (maintaining mouse breeding colonies, including transgenics) and has access to FACS, proteomics, chemical synthesis, ADME and Analytical Centre facilities.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

At the University of Bradford, you’ll benefit from - and be a part of – teaching and research that harnesses technology for the good of society. You’ll learn from academic and industry experts who are ... Read More

At the University of Bradford, you’ll benefit from - and be a part of – teaching and research that harnesses technology for the good of society. You’ll learn from academic and industry experts who are shaping the future of their sectors in world-class facilities. We’ve invested millions of pounds in high-tech learning environments, such as our motion capture studio and new School of Management facilities. During your time with us, you can become the very best version of yourself. The University is a place where you can expand your mind and make lifelong friends; where you can grow, learn, experience. Where you can belong, and where we support you every step of the way. Read less