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Pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences

We are one of the top UK schools of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. We are proud to be globally recognised for our research excellence in advancing knowledge, delivering significant new discoveries benefiting society, and graduating highly valued, innovative, and enterprising people fit for practice and employment.

Welcome to our Postgraduate Virtual Open Day and thank you for your interest in furthering your studies at our internationally recognised School. The talks and materials prepared for you today will introduce you to our School and give a brief insight into our diverse range of postgraduate taught and our PhD research course. We hope you find it helpful and look forward to welcoming you to our School in the near future.
Professor Mark Gumbleton Professor of Experimental Therapeutics and Head of School, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Why further your studies with us


100 years of excellence in teaching and research

We are a close-knit and long-established School having recently celebrated our centenary.


Top school of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences

According to The Complete University Guide 2020, we rank top School in England and Wales


Joint first school of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences for research

In the Research Excellence Framework, we rank joint top school of pharmacy for the quality and impact of our research


Internationally recognised school with close academic support

Undertake a research project at an internationally recognised research school, and receive close academic support from an experienced personal tutor.

Our talks

An introduction to our MSc in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics

This video by our Course Director, Dr Steve Hiscox, provides and overview of this one year, full-time MSc course designed to provide you with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in this rapidly advancing field of Cancer Biology and Therapeutics. So, whether you’re looking to better prepare yourself for doctoral research or achieve a self-contained advanced qualification in its own right, this postgraduate programme will set you in excellent stead for your future.

Interested? Apply for our MSc in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics

This truly integrated course delves deeper into the science behind cancer and has also given me the opportunity to see the disease and its treatment from the clinical side as well. Whether you’re a pharmacist or biomedic or medic, you’ll find something in this course that you’ll enjoy and can relate to. And, like me, you’ll be in better stead for your future too.
Lauren, MSc Cancer Biology and Therapeutics Student

An introduction to our MSc in Clinical Research (PDip/PCert/MSc)

This video by Course Director, Dr William Ford, provides an introduction to this progressive 3 year, part time distance learning programme that allows you the flexibility to study whilst working. Designed to develop outstanding research skills to advance a career in clinical research, this course provides enhanced understanding of clinical trial processes and regulation.  The course also offers an insight into the diverse range of therapeutic areas and their treatments in relation to drug registration and drug safety. Interested?

Interested? Apply for our MSc in Clinical Research.

Studying at Cardiff University for the MSc in Clinical Research as was both enjoyable and rewarding as it gave me the opportunity to further my career. I was greatly impressed by the excellent teaching and the support I received during my final year dissertation. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the course.
Manish, MSc Clinical Research

An Overview of our Postgraduate Research Course (MPhil/PhD)

In this short video, our Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, Dr Emma Lane, gives an overview of how you can undertake exciting, innovative PhD research in our vibrant and world leading School. Learn how our interdisciplinary research encompasses the discovery, development and usage of medicines and therapeutics across a spectrum of diseases including cancer, infection, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and neurodegenerative disorders. Interested?

Interested? Apply for our PhD/MPhil in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Our other postgraduate taught courses

Clinical Pharmacy (PDip/MSc)

A progressive key qualification for the advancement of your clinical pharmacy career, this part-time blended learning comprises face-to-face learning with online learning and experiential study. It integrates a traditional academic course with your everyday role, with the aim of developing vital skills and knowledge to apply to your patients. Interested?

Interested? Apply for our Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy

The course has been a very stimulating and challenging experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed rotating through the different modules and experiencing different specialities. It has provided me with an excellent grounding as a hospital pharmacist.
Clinical Pharmacy (PgDip) student

Pharmacist Independent Prescribing

The course aims to provide Pharmacists with Independent Prescriber status to make the very best use of your skills to give patients quicker and more efficient access to medicines. The programme, run alongside nurses, midwives and other allied healthcare professionals, offers the opportunity for multidisciplinary learning.  The course is comprised of a series of study days, self directed learning, assessments and supervised time with a Designated Medical Practitioner to build a prescribing portfolio.  Interested?

Interested? Apply for Pharmacist Independent Prescribing

Thanks for organising such an excellent course. It’s easily the most enjoyable and relevant course I’ve done. It was great to be able to put theory into practice immediately. It has not only given me new skills and knowledge but also changed the way I practice day-to-day. It has renewed my enthusiasm for the profession.
Ceri Phillips, antimicrobial pharmacist and independent prescriber, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Our School

Our teaching is informed and supported by our internationally recognised research. Our research spans the complete continuum from basic to applied translational science and clinical practice. Our team of world-leading researchers ​work​ ​on​ ​the​ ​discovery​, development​ and use ​of​​ ​drugs​ ​and medicines to​ ​tackle​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​debilitating​ ​and​ ​life-threatening medical​ ​conditions and infectious diseases.

Our dedicated​ ​researchers​ ​pave​ ​the​ ​way​ ​in​ ​creating​ ​new,​ ​effective​ ​methods​ ​for delivering​ ​these​ ​drugs and explore how they can be used​ ​to​ better treat​ ​disease. It is the​ ​same​ ​team​ ​of​ ​researchers, ​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​external​ ​expert​ ​practitioners, ​ ​who teach ​our pharmacy students and inspire the researchers and clinicians ​of​ ​the​ ​future​.​

We welcome applications from high quality students interested in our range of postgraduate taught programmes and those interested in researching for a PhD within our diverse research portfolio.

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Your campus experience for 2021/22

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Next steps

View our Research Handbook

Learn more about our team, the impact of our world-leading research and our PhD student successes.

More about us

Our main School pages contain a wealth of useful information and reasons to further your studies at our School.


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How to apply

Everything you need to know about the application process.

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