Postgraduate research

Reading School of Pharmacy academic staff conducts internationally competitive research across three Research Divisions (Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Pharmacy Practice). Our involvement in interdisciplinary projects has led to clinical impact in areas with unmet needs. We have an excellent track record of liaising with industrial and end users of our technologies, and provide a vibrant environment in which our researchers can develop subject specific and generic research skills. Our facilities, that include a state-of-the-art Chemical Analysis Facility, an interdisciplinary life sciences research building, and a new Brain Embodiment Laboratory, ensure that our research programmes progress at internationally competitive rates. Our significant contributions to two of the University's research centres, specifically the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN) and the Institute for Cardiovascular & Metabolic Research (ICMR), allow us to be at the forefront of areas of strategic importance to the University.

We have an excellent track record of collaborating with academic, industrial and clinical researchers and professionals. Our research strategy aims to link the health, physical and clinical sciences to promote the safe and effective use of medicines within internationally and nationally recognised research under the following strategic areas:

  • New targets in neurodegenerative disorders
  • Molecules to treat brain diseases and cancer
  • Regenerative medicine, anti-epileptics and diagnostics
  • Cutting edge materials for therapeutic applications
  • Safer medicines, better practitioners

Within these areas, and in the past five years, our staff have published ~250 academic papers and book chapters and gained significant funding from research councils, industry and charities.

We welcome postgraduate applicants wishing to pursue either a PhD or MSc by Research Programmes in Pharmacy from a broad range of disciplines.

There is a strong training programme for PhD students in the School with a programme of lectures and seminars designed to provide training in transferable skills and other skills required for research. Each discipline has its own lab meetings where research is discussed and PhD students make presentations. There is also a full programme of seminars with external speakers. We hold a Research Day once a year where all of our PhD students present either a talk or a poster.

PhD Application process

To apply for a PhD please submit an initial enquiry to Miss Natasha Turner (, which should include your CV and 200 words research proposal which outlines your interest in a specific project. The PhD projects we currently offer can be found here. Your initial application will be assessed by our postgraduate admissions team and within 24 hours you will be contacted with details for further steps.

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