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.
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
Natural Drug Discovery
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.
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.
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.
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.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
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.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,407|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£4,407|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£4,407|
Tuition fees for students from Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and the EU have not been set for 2020-21. The tuition fees for 2019-20 was £4,327. This normally increases by inflation annually and will be set in January 2020. The international fee quoted above is for the academic year 2020-21.
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
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.
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Queen's has seven outstanding competitive Doctoral Training Centres, with each one providing funding for a number of PhD positions and more importantly a hub for carrying out world class research in key disciplines.
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The UK Government will introduce new doctoral loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes from 2019.
Loans will be offered to English-resident students to study all types of doctorate at universities across the UK.
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Information on scholarships for international students, is available at www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships.
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.
Fees and Funding
Queen's University Belfast is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
For more information please read our Equality and Diversity Policy.
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