School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

School Description:


School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Mission Statement

Our mission is to lead in the discovery, development and safe use of medicines, and address the healthcare needs of patients and society. We achieve this mission through innovative research at the frontiers of Drugs, Medicines, Patient Care, and Health.

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Vision

Our insights and discoveries in(to) Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
will improve treatment and address global healthcare challenges.

The three main research themes in the school are

  • Developing better Drugs
  • Pharmaceutical Materials, Formulation of Medicines, and Drug Delivery'
  • Clinical practice and Patient Care

The following research topics fall under these themes are aligned with College’s strategic plan in the major thematic areas of pharmaceutical nanoscience and technology, immunology and inflammation, cancer research and neuroscience.

  • Advanced Drug Delivery: including oral, respiratory drug delivery; new technologies such as nanoparticles and liposomes; interactions between drug delivery systems and cell culture models
  • Allergy novel anti-allergy compounds
  • Cancer Research: including exosomes extracellular vesicles, biomarkers and new therapeutic targets
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Drug Design and Discovery: anti-cancer medicinal chemistry and novel antibiotics; in silico design of new drugs; in silico high throughput screening for drug discovery
  • Drug Targeting and Transport: including anti-cancer drug targeting, drug transport across epithelial barriers of the lung, gastrointestinal tract and the eye; high performance computer applications in drug delivery system design in vitro and in vivo
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Pharmaceutical Nanoscience
  • Natural Products
  • Neuropharmacology : aging diseases and therapies; antidepressants and drugs of abuse
  • Platelets
  • Pharmacy Practice : pharmaceutical care and continuous improvement of practice standards; healthcare policy and service delivery; health promotion in primary care, hospital pharmacy and drug use in hospital.

As well as involvement in the above programmes, academic staff have active research projects at M.Sc. and Ph.D. level in the traditional pharmacy disciplines: Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Practice of Pharmacy (See Collaborative research is also ongoing with other academic and industry groups, both at national and international levels. In addition, Staff contribute to integrated postgraduate taught courses which are formulated in the context of European and international curriculum strategies (see M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip. in Pharmaceutical Analysis, M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy, M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip./P.Grad.Cert. in Community Pharmacy, M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip. in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Cardiology in Clinical Pharmacy Practice Module, and M.Sc. in Neuroscience).


In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing