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Pharmaceutical Discovery, Development and Use. (Joint PhD with the University of Sao Paulo)

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A 4 year joint PhD programme in pharmaceutical sciences is offered between the Institute of Pharmaceutical (IPS) Science at King’s and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FCP) at the University of São Paulo leading to a joint qualifiaction from both universities. The joint PhD degree is designed to capture the broad sweep of research undertaken in the IPS ranging from pharmacological and chemical studies that can identify novel drug targets and new chemical entities, through formulation and drug development, to clinical trials and the use of medicines by patients. The FCP is considered the best academic teaching and research centre in pharmaceutical sciences in Latin America, with a particular strength in developing industrial processes to meet the market supply of medicines. The joint PhD programme will therefore have an all-embracing strategy allowing student exposure to all aspects of the medicines development pipeline, from the discovery and evaluation of novel medicines and new formulations, to the manufacture of these medicines that can be used by patients in the clinic.

Key information

Duration 4 year

Study mode Full-time

Further details

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



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Opportunities are available for graduate research in a wide variety of pharmaceutical subjects ranging from the discovery, design, analysis and formulation of drugs to drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics and toxicology as well as pharmacology, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, pharmacy/pharmacology, applied biology (e.g. biotechnology, biomedical science, nutrition, psychology), chemistry or computational science/bioinformatics, although further graduate study or appropriate work experience may also be taken into account. A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters degree with Merit or higher.

For further information please contact the Admissions Office Postgraduate (Health) team.

Application procedure

Before submitting an application, the student must establish communication with a potential supervisor within the home institution to discuss their thesis proposal. They should also approach a potential supervisor within the partner institution, either independently or via support from the home institution supervisor/Admissions Tutor (where possible). For health faculty programmes, supervisors may already be attached to existing projects. Any agreement to act as supervisor at this stage is provisional. Travel plans (or Off-Campus Study forms) must be submitted as part of the application, either within the form itself or as a separate document.

Studentships will be advertised in New Scientist StudyNature Jobsfindaphd.com, the university’s Health Faculties Studentships website or on jobs.ac.uk

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by a Joint Academic Committee (JAC) comprising at least two academics from the home institution and one from the partner institution. Proposed research projects must be approved by the School Postgraduate Research Committee before an offer can be made.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide information on the research project you wish to undertake, why you think you are best suited and can benefit from the joint PhD programme, information about your research experience and, for self-funded applicants, details of how you plan to fund yourself.

Course intake

Per academic year: 1 student registered from the home institution and 1 student registered from the partner Institution

Joint PhDs - Application advice

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier. 

  • October 2020 entry – 31st July 2020 for International students and 28th August 2020 for Home/EU students 

  • February 2021 entry – 23rd October 2020 for International students and 23rd November 2020 for Home/EU students 

  • June 2021 entry - 12th April 2021 for International and Home/EU students 

Applications for 2021/22 academic year will open from October 2020. 

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Fees and funding

Important notice

An obligatory component of this programme is a 12-18 month research placement at the partner university. Full fees must continue to be paid by King’s home students during their placement at the University of São Paulo. When you submit your application, you must guarantee that full funding is secured for the entire duration of the proposed research and, that study abroad is permitted by your funding agency.

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £5,000 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,500 per year

International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees:  £22,050 per year               

Part time tuition fees: £11,025 per year

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £5,300 per year

International Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees:  £23,400 per year        

Part time tuition fees: £11,025 per year

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

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Career prospects

Graduating students will be in a unique position in having a PhD degree awarded by two of the most highly regarded centres in the World for postgraduate research training in pharmaceutical sciences. Career opportunities can, therefore, be open in many prized employment areas in the pharmaceutical industry, government and academia.


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