Postgraduate Positions

Funded PhD Positions available for 2018/19

DfE Studentships are now available as part of the MATCH Pioneer Research Programme administered through the School of Pharmacy for entry in 2018.  The closing date for applications is January 31st 2018.  Interviews for these studentships will take place in February 2018
In order to find out more about individual projects, follow the link below via the project title in which you are interested.  Applications must be made using the online application portal.  Applicants should have a 1st or 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Relevant subjects include Pharmacy, Molecular Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biological/Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering  or a closely related discipline. Students who have a 2.2 honours degree and a Master’s degree may also be considered, but the School reserves the right to shortlist for interview only those applicants who have demonstrated high academic attainment to date. Students are advised to apply for more than one project in their area of research interest. Candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria set out by DfE which can be found at this link:

Engineering exosome-based therapeutics for cancer - Dr Wafa Al-Jamal & Dr Jonathan Coulter

Medicines optimisation for frail older people in primary care - Dr Heather Barry & Prof Carmel Hughes

Microneedle Delivery Systems: Addressing Global Challenges in Health - Prof Ryan Donnelly

The importance of pre-nucleation aggregates for guiding crystallisation outcome - Dr Katharina Edkins & Dr Victoria Kett

Combatting device-associated, healthcare-associated infections with innovative anti-biofouling, anti-blocking and non-resistance-promoting technologies - Dr Nicola Irwin and Prof Colin McCoy



The following are self-funded positions:


Investigation ofnovel RNA mediators of breast and ovarian cancer - Dr Fiona Furlong 

Novel peptide hydrogels as long acting drug delivery platforms - Dr Garry Laverty

Multifunctional peptide hydrogels as a chronic wound therapy - Dr Garry Laverty

Development of novel drug delivery devices for sustained/controlled release of nanoparticles to the vaginal mucosal tissue - Prof Karl Malcolm and Dr Peter Boyd

Targeting Trypsin-Like Proteases in Cystic Fibrosis Airways as a Mechanism to Restore Mucociliary Function - Prof Lorraine Martin

Infection-responsive biomaterials capable of self-cleaning - Prof Colin McCoy and Dr Nicola Irwin

Biodegradable polymeric implants for sustained intraocular drug delivery - Dr Raj Thakur