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We offer a range of professional postgraduate programmes for qualified pharmacists and for healthcare practitioners and biomedical scientists. We hope you'll join our close-knit community at Cardiff's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Professor Mark Gumbleton Professor of Experimental Therapeutics and Head of School, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Why further your studies with us

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Over 100 years of excellence in teaching and research

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

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International recognition

We’re recognised internationally for our high-quality teaching and cutting-edge multidisciplinary research.

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Annual research funding

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences secures external research awards amounting to approximately £3m annually through partnerships with a diverse range of funding bodies.

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Close academic support

study at internationally recognised research school and receive close academic support from an experienced personal tutor.

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Modern research and teaching facilities

Our state-of-the art facilities include six recently rebuilt consultation rooms for pharmacy practice-related activities.

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Our networks and multidisciplinary approach

Our researchers and their international networks work across multidisciplinary teams, allowing you to work collaboratively during your time with us.

Courses

Cancer Biology and Therapeutics (MSc)

Full time

Graduates from this course will have a breadth and depth of cancer-focused training that will make them credible candidates to start or further a career within the health sector or research establishments.

Clinical Pharmacy (2 years) (PgDip)

Part time blended learning

A key qualification for hospital pharmacy clinical career advancement, the programme enjoys funding from the NHS and is supported by Associate Course Directors across Wales and experienced work-based tutors at accredited hospital sites.

Clinical Pharmacy (3 years) (PgDip)

Part time blended learning

A key qualification for hospital pharmacy clinical career advancement, the programme enjoys funding from the NHS and is supported by Associate Course Directors across Wales and experienced work-based tutors at accredited hospital sites.

Clinical Pharmacy (MSc)

Part time distance learning

This programme is available for those who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy.

Clinical Research (MSc)

Part time distance learning

This part-time, distance learning course offers extensive knowledge and expertise relevant to those working in clinical trials. Its is also suitable for those in a senior role in clinical research in a pharmaceutical, biotechnology, device, contract research or site management company or the NHS.

Drug Delivery and Microbiology (PhD, MPhil, MD)

Full-time, part-time

Drug Delivery and Microbiology is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences research programmes (MPhil, MD, PhD).

Medicinal Chemistry (PhD, MPhil, MD)

Full-time, part-time

Medicinal Chemistry is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences research programmes (MPhil, MD, PhD).

Pharmacology and Physiology (PhD, MPhil, MD)

Full-time, part-time

Pharmacology and Physiology is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences research programmes (MPhil, MD, PhD).

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD, MPhil, MD)

Full-time, part-time

You will study and work in a self-contained multi-disciplinary School, with great opportunities for collaboration with strongly related departments in all of the biomedical sciences in the same faculty, the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, or with the University’s Schools of Chemistry or Engineering.

Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy (PhD, MPhil, MD)

Full-time, part-time

Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences research programmes (MPhil, MD, PhD).

Our talks

An introduction to our MSc in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics

This video by our Course Director, Dr Steve Hiscox, provides an 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

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 you work. 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? Apply for our MSc in Clinical Research.

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

In this short video, 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? Apply for our PhD/MPhil in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Postgraduate taught programmes for qualified pharmacists:

Clinical Pharmacy (PDip/MSc)

A progressive key qualification for the advancement of your clinical pharmacy career, this part-time blended learning programme 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? Apply for our Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy

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? Apply for Pharmacist Independent Prescribing

This was 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, it has 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

Postgraduate taught programmes for other healthcare professionals and biomedical scientists:

Cancer Biology and Therapeutics (MSc)

This MSc course is designed to provide you with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in the rapidly advancing field of Cancer Biology and Therapeutics. We will provide you with a breadth and depth of cancer-focused training that will enhance your prospects to start or continue a career within the healthcare sector and public/private sector research establishments.

Whether you’re looking to better prepare yourself for doctoral research or to achieve a self-contained advanced qualification in its own right, this postgraduate programme will give you a balanced combination of theory and practice to suit your needs and support your career.

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

Clinical Research (MSc)

If you work in clinical trials, this programme will provide you with an enhanced level of knowledge, understanding and skills in clinical research. Being a distance learning programme, this course has been designed to enable you to complete the programme whilst in employment and alongside your existing commitments.

This course will increase your knowledge and skills not only in clinical research but also in a diverse range of therapeutic areas. This allows you to move confidently between therapeutic areas and increase your potential value to employers. In the dissertation year, you will be encouraged to carry out a project which has direct value to your employer.

Find out more about our MSc in Clinical Research and how to apply

Postgraduate research opportunities

We have a diverse research portfolio and our discipline areas for PhD and MPhil degrees include drug delivery and microbiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and physiology, pharmacy, and pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy.

Our researchers and their international networks work across multidisciplinary teams, allowing you to work collaboratively both across different schools in the University along with NHS and industry partners. This interdisciplinarity supports our post-graduates to shape their training in knowledge and skills for their future careers.

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Postgraduate research opportunities

Our postgraduate research degree focuses on the discovery, development and usage of medicines across a spectrum of disease areas, giving you the freedom to investigate a cutting-edge topic in depth amongst leading researchers with first-class facilities.

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Your campus experience

It’s still important to do all we can to keep everyone safe from coronavirus (COVID-19). We’re keeping some measures in place to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time with us.

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Funding your studies

Learn more about the scholarships, UK government support packages and student loans available to you.

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All postgraduate students arriving in September are guaranteed a single occupancy room.

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

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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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