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Pharmacy

School of Pharmacy | MPhil
Entry Year
2020
Entry Requirements
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Overview

We focus our research on key areas of the pharmaceutical sciences, and clinical and primary care aspects of pharmacy.

Our research spans a wide range of scientific and professional disciplines. You will be supervised by world-leading researchers working on projects with the potential to positively impact on science and healthcare.

We are passionate about what we do, and aim to inspire you with the same drive, instilling the aspirations to make a difference in the world.

RESEARCH STRENGTHS

Pharmacy at Queen's has a large and expanding research portfolio grouped according to research themes under the cross-disciplinary over-arching Pioneer Research Programme led by the School of Pharmacy:

Bioactive Biomaterials and Infection Control
Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
Clinical Pharmacy
Drug Delivery
Experimental Therapeutics
Natural Drug Discovery
Primary Care
Proteases and Inhibitors

Pharmaceutical sciences and practice research is housed in the School's state-of-the-art, purpose-built McClay Research Centre and adjacent facilities on the Health Sciences campus. Our world-class laboratories include recently-opened new facilities for pharmaceutical biotechnology and medicinal chemistry, and our well-equipped Pharmacy Practice Research Unit provides excellent facilities for practice-related research. Specific training in research methodologies is provided for all postgraduate research students.

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Research Information

Associated Research
We are located on the site of a major teaching hospital, providing excellent clinical collaborations.
We have excellent research facilities and support structures for students.
We have strong links with the pharmaceutical and health care industries and with international research collaborators.

Career Prospects

Employment after the Course
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally. Many graduates from the School of Pharmacy Research programmes go on to secure leading positions in academia, industry, government and clinical practice.

Learning Outcomes

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Project name School Funding Subject Status Sort
Enhancing intracellular delivery of antibiotics using cold atmospheric plasma
School of Pharmacy | PHD Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Antibiotics, AMR, Plasma Medicine, Cold plasma, Intracellular infection Dr Padrig Flynn
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 January 2020
School of Pharmacy Funded Pharmacy Closed 2
Enhancing Macrophage-Biofilm Interaction using Non-Thermal Plasma
School of Pharmacy | PHD Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Biofilm Microbiology, Molecular Microbiology, Plasma Physics, Macrophag Professor Brendan Gilmore
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 January 2020
School of Pharmacy Funded Pharmacy Closed 2
Long-Acting Microneedle Delivery Systems
School of Pharmacy | PHD Microneedles, long-acting drug delivery Professor Ryan Donnelly
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Relationship between antibiotic therapy and development of antimicrobial resistance in patients with bronchiectasis
School of Pharmacy | PHD Infection, antimicrobial resistance, PCR, next-generation sequencing, metagenomics, clinical pharmac Professor Michael Tunney
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Long-acting drug delivery from intravaginal rings for treatment of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
School of Pharmacy | PHD vaginal drug delivery; vaginal ring technology; cervical intraepithelial neoplasia; pre-cancer Professor Karl Malcolm
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Long-acting drug delivery from intravaginal rings for treatment of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
School of Pharmacy | PHD vaginal drug delivery; vaginal ring technology; cervical intraepithelial neoplasia; pre-cancer Dr Pete Boyd
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Development of next-generation vaginal gels containing multiple active agents for improved treatment of bacterial vaginosis
School of Pharmacy | PHD Vaginal gels; drug delivery; bacterial vaginosis; formulation; Professor Karl Malcolm
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Novel sustained-release formulation strategies for vaginal administration of drug-loaded nanoparticles
School of Pharmacy | PHD Pharmaceutics; drug delivery; vaginal rings; nanoparticles; formulation; HIV prevention; antiretrovi Dr Pete Boyd
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Nano-engineered Delivery Systems for the Targeted Delivery of Oncology Drugs for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
School of Pharmacy | PHD Nanomedicine, Personalised Medicine, Industry Partnership, Drug Delivery Professor Helen McCarthy
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Self-triggered smart biomaterials
School of Pharmacy | PHD Drug delivery, antimicrobial, AMR, polymer, materials science, surface modification, surface chemist Professor Colin McCoy
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
A randomised pilot study of a theory-based intervention to improve appropriate polypharmacy in older people in primary care (PolyPrime)
School of Pharmacy | PHD Polypharmacy, primary care, randomised controlled trial, older people, behaviour change Professor Carmel Hughes
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Design and realisation of nanomedicine using computer simulation and smart nanofracturing method
School of Pharmacy | PHD Computer simulation, molecular dynamics, metadynamics, thermodynamic modelling, continuous manufactu Dr Yiwei Tian
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
SMART Cancer Nanomedicines
School of Pharmacy | PHD Responsive nanoparticles, targeted drug delivery, cancer nanomedicine. Dr Wafa Al-Jamal
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Nanoparticle delivery of antibiotics for treatment of pulmonary infection
School of Pharmacy | PHD Liposomes; Cystic Fibrosis; infection; pulmonary delivery; inhalation; antibiotic; pharmaceutics Dr Vicky Kett
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Investigation of the role of microplastics-associated microorganisms in the spread of antimicrobial-resistant genes in aquatic environments
School of Pharmacy | PHD Bacteriophage, enzymes, molecular microbiology, genomics, genetic engineering, pathogenic bacteria, Dr Timofey Skvortsov
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Computational prospecting of bacteriophage genomes and prophages for biotechnologically and pharmaceutically relevant enzymes
School of Pharmacy | PHD Bacteriophage, enzymes, molecular microbiology, genomics, genetic engineering, pathogenic bacteria, Dr Timofey Skvortsov
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Investigation of horizontal gene transfer of antimicrobial resistance genes by bacteriophages in aquatic environments
School of Pharmacy | PHD Bacteriophage, enzymes, molecular microbiology, genomics, genetic engineering, pathogenic bacteria, Dr Laura Sherrard
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Investigation of horizontal gene transfer of antimicrobial resistance genes by bacteriophages in aquatic environments
School of Pharmacy | PHD Bacteriophage, enzymes, molecular microbiology, genomics, genetic engineering, pathogenic bacteria, Dr Timofey Skvortsov
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Dissecting novel mechanisms of cysteine protease biology in tumourigenesis.
School of Pharmacy | PHD Protease, cathepsin, cancer, mechanism, microenvironment, epigenetics Dr Roberta Burden
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Microfabricated Engineered Systems for Sustained Ocular Drug Delivery
School of Pharmacy | PHD Ocular drug delivery, drug deliver, polymer implants, biologics, protein delivery Dr Raj Thakur
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
3D printing of drug delivery implants
School of Pharmacy | PHD 3D printing; fused deposition modelling; additive manufacturing; drug formulation; drug product deve Dr Pete Boyd
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Responsive hydrogel platforms towards the prevention of medical device-associated infections
School of Pharmacy | PHD Polymers, hydrogels, infection, responsive, drug delivery, biomaterials, medical device-associated i Dr Nicola Irwin
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Responsive hydrogel platforms towards the prevention of medical device-associated infections
School of Pharmacy | PHD Polymers, hydrogels, infection, responsive, drug delivery, biomaterials, medical device-associated i Professor Colin McCoy
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Responsive hydrogel platforms towards the prevention of medical device-associated infections
School of Pharmacy | PHD Polymers, hydrogels, infection, responsive, drug delivery, biomaterials, medical device-associated i Dr Nicola Irwin
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Personalised Medicine for Breast and Ovarian Cancer
School of Pharmacy | PHD Cancer, biomarkers, targeted treatment, drug development Dr Niamh Buckley
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Personalised Medicine for Breast and Ovarian Cancer
School of Pharmacy | PHD Cancer, biomarkers, targeted treatment, drug development Professor Helen McCarthy
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Surface Treatment for Improved Performance of Implantable Medical Devices
School of Pharmacy | PHD Biomaterials, Anti-infective, Biocompatibility, Materials Science, Engineering, Orthopaedic Implant, Dr Louise Carson
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Surface-modified silicone elastomer for medical and drug delivery devices with reduced bacterial adherence and biofilm formation
School of Pharmacy | PHD drug delivery; medical device; drug formulation; silicone elastomer; biofilm formation Dr Louise Carson
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Surface-modified silicone elastomer for medical and drug delivery devices with reduced bacterial adherence and biofilm formation
School of Pharmacy | PHD drug delivery; medical device; drug formulation; silicone elastomer; biofilm formation Professor Karl Malcolm
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Adaptation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in people with bronchiectasis during chronic inhaled treatment
School of Pharmacy | PHD Antibiotics, infection, respiratory, lung diseases Professor Michael Tunney
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Adaptation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in people with bronchiectasis during chronic inhaled treatment
School of Pharmacy | PHD Antibiotics, infection, respiratory, lung diseases Dr Laura Sherrard
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Peptide hydrogels as novel nanotherapeutic delivery agents enhancing the anti-tumour efficacy of radiotherapy.
School of Pharmacy | PHD Cancer; Radiotherapy; Gold Nanoparticles; Drug Delivery; Peptides; HIV; Hydrogels; Controlled Releas Dr Jonathan Coulter
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
USP17 as a cancer therapeutic target
School of Pharmacy | PHD Protease, ubiquitin, deubiquitinase, cancer, NSCLC, USP17 Dr James Burrows
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Computer Simulations of G protein-coupled Receptors
School of Pharmacy | PHD Chemistry, biochemistry, computational biology, medicinal computational chemistry, drug design Dr Irina Tikhonova
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Optimising pharmacological treatment of non-cognitive symptoms in people with dementia
School of Pharmacy | PHD Older people, dementia, primary care, healthcare professionals, medicines optimisation Dr Heather Barry
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Optimising pharmacological treatment of non-cognitive symptoms in people with dementia
School of Pharmacy | PHD Older people, dementia, primary care, healthcare professionals, medicines optimisation Professor Carmel Hughes
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Peptide hydrogels as a long-acting multipurpose drug delivery platform for combined contraception and HIV prevention
School of Pharmacy | PHD Drug Delivery; Peptides; HIV; Hydrogels; Controlled Release Dr Garry Laverty
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
To investigate the pharmacological response of senolytics in ovarian cancer
School of Pharmacy | PHD Cancer; cell biology; cell signalling; pharmacology; drug action Dr Fiona Furlong
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
To develop an allosteric inhibitor of HDAC6 inhibition in cancer
School of Pharmacy | PHD Cancer; cell biology; cell signalling; pharmacology; drug action; Dr Fiona Furlong
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Development of 3D Printed drug-eluting mesh implants
School of Pharmacy | PHD 3D Printing, Drug Delivery, Meshes, Scaffolds Dr Dimitrios Lamprou
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Microfluidic Synthesis of Nanomedicines for the Delivery of Biologic Drugs
School of Pharmacy | PHD Drug Delivery, Microfluidics, Nanomedicine, Biopharmaceutics Dr Dimitrios Lamprou
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Determining the microbiome of the homes of people with chronic respiratory diseases.
School of Pharmacy | PHD Microbiology, respiratory disease, antibiotic resistance Dr Deirdre Gilpin
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Investigating the impact of electronic cigarette vapour on respiratory microbiota and inflammation
School of Pharmacy | PHD Electronic cigarette, immune, next generation sequencing, respiratory, microbiome, transcriptome Dr Deirdre Gilpin
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Antimicrobial prescribing in hospice and palliative care
School of Pharmacy | PHD Hospice, palliative care, prescribing, antimicrobial, antibiotic Dr Carole Parsons
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Pharmacy Unfunded Pharmacy Open 2
Enhancing intracellular delivery of antibiotics using cold atmospheric plasma
School of Pharmacy | PHD Cold plasma, Intracellular infections, AMR, Antibiotics Professor Brendan Gilmore
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 January 2020
School of Pharmacy Funded Pharmacy Closed 2
CITI-GENS DTP Blood-free, microneedle-mediated, early diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection
School of Pharmacy | PHD Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2, microneedles, PCR antigen testing Professor Ryan Donnelly
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Pharmacy Funded Pharmacy Closed 2
CITI-GENS DTP Microfluidic approach for Continuous biopharmaceutical crystallisation
School of Pharmacy | PHD Microfluidic devices, protein crystallisation, advanced characterisation, biopharmaceuticals, 3D pri Dr Dimitrios Lamprou
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Pharmacy Funded Pharmacy Closed 2
CITI-GENS DTP 3D printing and bioprinting strategies to treat coronary heart disease
School of Pharmacy | PHD 3D-printing, material science, tissue engineering, cardiovascular, organoids, drug delivery, nanotec Dr Eneko Larrañeta
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Pharmacy Funded Pharmacy Closed 2
CITI-GENS DTP Understanding allosteric and biased GPCR signalling from computer simulations and mutagenesis
School of Pharmacy | PHD Molecular simulations, cheminformatics, drug design, allosteric ligand, biased signalling, mutagenes Dr Irina Tikhonova
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Pharmacy Funded Pharmacy Closed 2
CITI-GENS DTP Use of sputum rheology to predict disease progression and efficacy of treatment in people with cystic fibrosis (PWCF)
School of Pharmacy | PHD Cystic fibrosis, infection, sputum rheology, microbiota, inflammation Professor Michael Tunney
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Pharmacy Funded Pharmacy Closed 2
CITI-GENS DTP Novel Molecular Tools to Tackle the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Emergency
School of Pharmacy | PHD antimicrobial resistance, antibiotics, glycosylation, inhibitor, molecular tools Professor Gerd Wagner
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Pharmacy Funded Pharmacy Closed 2

Entrance requirements

Graduate
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,407
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £4,407
Other (non-UK) EU £4,407
International £21,300

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Pharmacy costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

How do I fund my study?
1.PhD Opportunities

Find PhD opportunities and funded studentships by subject area.

2.Doctoral Training Centres at Queen's

Queen's has eight outstanding competitive Doctoral Training Centres, with each one providing funding for a number of PhD positions and most importantly a hub for carrying out world class research in key disciplines.

3.PhD loans

The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students, £10,000 for students in Scotland and up to £5,500 for Northern Ireland students.

4.International Scholarships

Information on Postgraduate Research scholarships for international students.

Funding and Scholarships

The Funding & Scholarship Finder helps prospective and current students find funding to help cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.