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Our PhDs

The School of Pharmacy has a long and established track record of research, working with a wide variety of industrial and academic partners to achieve significant social and economic benefits.

We use the Chemical Analysis Facility and the Hopkins labs at the University to carry out our research, and offer external opportunities through our collaborations with Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our excellence in research

The latest Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014) recognised 85% of our research as world-leading or internationally excellent. Research activity within the Department is broad and extensive and covers the areas of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Pharmacy Practice.

A collaborative environment

We have active collaborations with other departments within the University, for example the Brain Embodiment Laboratory (BEL), the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN) and the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR), as well as with external institutions.
Luckily, I had help from a lot of students and staff from other research areas. Looking back, I learned a lot in that time. The key was to stay focused on what I wanted to achieve and to work towards it.
Marie-Theres Zeuner, PhD student


Over the course of your PhD you will also be involved in opportunities to communicate your work and network with other researchers, present a seminar, speak at conferences and workshops, and visit or host researchers from elsewhere.


In the first two years of your degree course, you will benefit from a programme of relevant postgraduate courses which will be agreed between you and your supervisor/s as well as a programme of transferable skills organised by the Graduate School.

Your career

Our PhD students go on to work in academia as postdoctoral researchers, but also quickly find employment within the pharmaceutical or healthcare sectors.

Our wealth of expertise

Our academics have a wealth of expertise, allowing you to find a project where you are well-supported, enabling you to do your very best work.


View our PhD supervisor research areas

I am absolutely delighted to receive this recognition. I am grateful to my current and former PhD students, who nominated me for this award. Throughout my academic career I was very fortunate to supervise many excellent PhD students and I am always happy to stay in touch with them for many years after their graduation and offer mentorship and support.
Professor Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy, PhD Supervisor of the Year

Our stories

Find out more about what it's like to learn and teach in the Department of Pharmacy, with in-depth interviews with our professors, students and alumni.


Our research

85% of our research was recognised as being internationally excellent (REF 2014), with the Reading School of Pharmacy ranked 20th out of 94 submissions by research outputs.

Work with us

Take advantage of our close links to industry, tech start-ups and patients and the public, giving you a wealth of opportunities to network.