Pharmaceutical Sciences

Study mode:Full-time Languages: english Duration:5 years
Deadline: Dec 1, 2021
StudyQA ranking:1055

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Doctoral education in Pharmaceutical Sciences is focused on solving problems arising in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. The program focuses on the formulation, synthesis, manufacture, development, stability, biophysical analysis, characterization, delivery, and biodistribution of small molecules and biopharmaceutical agents. The goals of the graduate program are to provide research training for students interested in pursuing careers in drug and biopharmaceutical discovery, development, and/or clinical optimization.

The objective of the Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program is to educate pre-doctoral students to develop independent research careers in pharmaceutical sciences with a basic, clinical or pharmaceutical outcomes emphasis. Upon completion of the graduate program, students will receive a PhD degree and utilize their training in academia, industry or government. The learning objectives for the graduate program are:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of central concepts in the biomedical sciences.
  2. Understand the current concepts in basic and clinical pharmaceutical sciences, and in pharmaceutical outcomes research.
  3. Read and critically evaluate the scientific literature.
  4. Formulate hypotheses based on current concepts in the field and design, conduct, and interpret their own research projects.
  5. Present research results in peer-reviewed publications and in a dissertation.
  6. Communicate research results effectively through oral presentations at scientific seminars, conferences, and other venues.

Curriculum - Pharmaceutical Sciences

Required Pharmaceutical Sciences Program Courses


​PHSC 7310  Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Sciences​ 3 credits
​PHSC 7320    Physical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences​ 3​ credits
​PHSC 7400 Ethical Issues in Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Sciences​ 1​ credit
​PHSC 7670 Methods in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Molecular Toxicology​ 2​ credits
PHSC 7650​ Research Rotation in Pharmaceutical Sciences (two required)​ 1​ credit
​PHSC 7568 Seminar in Pharmaceutical Scinces (each semester)​ 1​ credit
​PHSC 7330 Development of Drugs and Biologics​ 2​ credits
PHSC 8990​ Doctoral Thesis​ ​≥30 credits



Representative Elective Courses


​PHSC 7608 Molecular Interactions​ 3 credits​
​PHSC 7609 Biophysics and Spectroscopy​ 2 credits​
​PHSC 7651/CHEN 5838 ​Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 3 credits​
PHSC 7345​ Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery​ 2 credits​
PHSC 7353​ Protein Formulation​ 2 cr​edits​
PHSC 7660​ Membrane Dynamics​ 2 credits​
PHSC 7665​ Pharmacokinetic Principles and Applications​ 3 credits​

The normal requirements for admission to the graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences include a bachelor of arts or science degree from an accredited institution, an academic record which satisfies the minimum admission requirements established by the CU Graduate School and results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Admissions are for fall semester only.

An undergraduate degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, or chemical engineering is excellent preparation for graduate training in pharmaceutical sciences; however, no specific undergraduate major is required. All applicants for the program should have completed a year of study in the following subjects: general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, biology, and physics. In addition, courses in the following subjects will be highly recommended to supplement the student’s background: biochemistry, statistics, cell biology, physical chemistry, computer science, and immunology. Under special circumstances, deficiencies in important areas may be made up within the first year after entrance into the program.

Normally, admission to the program will be dependent upon an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. Students applying with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered individually on a provisional basis. If you do not have a degree from a U.S. or Canadian institution, it is required that an outside professional evaluation of your higher education credentials be conducted. This evaluation mustinclude an analysis of courses, grades and grade point average, and U.S. degree equivalency. Evaluations will be accepted from any reputable professional company. 

Admission to the program includes financial support via a stipend awarded on a 12-month basis. The student stipend is $27,000 per year. Based on the rules of the UCD Graduate School, all PhD students in good academic standing are guaranteed financial support.

Although a priority of the School of Pharmacy is to provide financial support to its graduate students, payment of stipend, tuition and any fees by the School of Pharmacy or by grants, contracts or gifts to the School of Pharmacy faculty is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress (as defined by the UCD Graduate School, Graduate Student Handbook) and completion of required teaching duties, core courses, research rotations, seminars, and examinations (as listed on the progress report form). The School of Pharmacy also reserves the right to review and adjust its funding policies at any time. All students are expected to work full-time toward program requirements for 12 months of the year.

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