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MPhil/PhD Programmes

If you're considering a PhD in the field of pharmacy, discover the programmes that we have to offer here at Newcastle University.

Excellent training in becoming a researcher

Our MPhil/PhD programmes offer excellent research training across all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy, incorporating a comprehensive training programme. All programmes are supported by our Graduate School in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

A list of our available PhD projects can be found below:

PhD projects currently available


You'll study within the School of Pharmacy, within the Faculty of Medical Sciences. We are located in our city-centre campus.

Laboratory research: The laboratories in the School of Pharmacy are outfitted for multi-disciplinary research, and support a wide range of studies related to the sciences underpinning pharmacy, including:

  • Pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical formulation
  • Medical device prototyping
  • Material characterisation
  • Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics

The school is home to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to support your research, including:

  • Advanced imaging (stereomicroscopy, polarised light microscopy, timelapse microscopy/photography, optical coherence tomography)
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Dynamic vapour sorption
  • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Lyophilisation
  • Microfabrication and rapid prototyping (3D printing, micromoulding)
  • Particle analysis (ZetaSizer, MasterSizer, Morphologi G3, X-ray powder diffraction)
  • Rheometry
  • Spectroscopy (UV/Vis, IR, NIR, FTIR)
  • Tabletting (granulator, rotary tablet press, Gamlet tablet press, dissolution apparatus, disintegration tester, hardness tester)
  • Texture analysis
  • Thermal analysis (DSC, TGA, DMA)
  • Tissue culture
  • Transdermal and topical drug absorption (Franz-type diffusion cells)

Clinical research: If your research involves clinical components, you'll work in partnership with the National Health Service (NHS). The Faculty of Medical Sciences is one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country. The School of Pharmacy is adjacent to the Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) hospital, part of the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK.

As well as facilities within the school, you will also have wider access to other facilities within the Faculty of Medical Sciences, including:

  • a dedicated medical library with a wide range of specialist books and journals
  • high-tech computer clusters and study spaces

specialist research facilities with dedicated technician support, including flow cytometry, bioimaging, bioinformatics, imaging, genomics and proteomics.


PhD students

Contact us

Our School Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator is Dr Keng Wooi Ng.

He's happy to answer any of your questions.

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