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Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences - Research

School Description:

The School of Pharmacy is the longest established centre for pharmaceutical education in Ireland with postgraduate degrees by research having been offered by the School at Trinity College Dublin since 1977. The School is located at the East End of the TCD campus in a purpose-built facility, the Panoz Institute.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is very academically challenging and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold:

•at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country

•a fluent command of the English language

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview.

Postgraduate Research Degrees

All students undertaking a research degree are assigned to a single principal supervisor. The supervisor's role is essentially that of an academic guide and mentor.

If you plan to carry out your degree by research, you are advised to contact the appropriate School with your research proposal and arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. You should initially consult the School website for further information.

Research students are placed either directly on the Ph.D. register or on the Masters register. Research students on the Masters register may then transfer to the Ph.D. register if their progress has been satisfactory. Such transfers usually occur during the second year of full-time study.

Further enquiries

Head of School:Professor Anne Marie Healy
Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate):
Professor John Gilmer

Telephone:+353-1-896 2809
Fax:+353-1-896 2810

Application date

Research Applications

No closing dates apply for application for higher degrees by research but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing

Research areas

Research Programmes

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences staff members are improving the lives of people through insights and discoveries that relate to medications and health. The School has gained national and international recognition for its cutting edge research and has made outstanding research contributions in the following fields:
•Advanced Drug Delivery: including oral, respiratory drug delivery; new technologies such as nanoparticles and liposomes; interactions between drug delivery systems and cell culture models
•Allergy novel anti-allergy compounds
•Cancer Research: including exosomes extracellular vesicles, biomarkers and new therapeutic targets
•Clinical Pharmacokinetics
•Drug Design and Discovery: anti-cancer medicinal chemistry and novel antibiotics; in silico design of new drugs; in silico high throughput screening for drug discovery
•Drug Targeting and Transport: including anti-cancer drug targeting, drug transport across epithelial barriers of the lung, gastrointestinal tract and the eye; high performance computer applications in drug delivery system design in vitro and in vivo
•Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
•Pharmaceutical Nanoscience
•Natural Products
•Neuropharmacology : aging diseases and therapies; antidepressants and drugs of abuse
•Pharmacy Practice : pharmaceutical care and continuous improvement of practice standards; healthcare policy and service delivery; health promotion in primary care, hospital pharmacy and drug use in hospitals

These programmes are aligned with College's strategic plan in the major thematic areas of pharmaceutical nanoscience and technology, immunology and inflammation, cancer research and neuroscience.

As well as involvement in the above programmes, academic staff have active research projects at M.Sc. and Ph.D. level in the traditional pharmacy disciplines: Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Practice of Pharmacy (See

Collaborative research is also ongoing with other academic and industry groups, both at national and international levels. In addition, Staff contribute to integrated postgraduate taught courses which are formulated in the context of European and international curriculum strategies (see M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip. in Pharmaceutical Analysis, M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy, M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip./P.Grad.Cert. in Community Pharmacy, M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip. in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Cardiology in Clinical Pharmacy Practice Module, and M.Sc. in Neuroscience).

Enrolment and start dates

March 2018 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Full-Time)
Master in Science in School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Part-Time)
Master in Science in School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Full-Time)

September 2018 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Full-Time)
Master in Science in School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Part-Time)
Master in Science in School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Full-Time)

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