Why study with us?

Manchester Pharmacy School is one of the oldest in the UK and the first to award degrees in pharmacy. It currently boasts nearly 100 post-graduate students, with nine of these based in the pharmacy practice group.

The Drug Usage and Pharmacy Practice Group (DUPPG) aims to provide specialised and generic training in research, opening up a number of career paths for those who successfully complete their postgraduate degree. You can find out more about opportunities for postgraduate study at Manchester Pharmacy School here.

From within the group and the University more widely, postgraduates are provided with high quality research facilities, scope for undertaking multidisciplinary and multi-method research, extensive networks and interactions with a range of health professionals and research sites, leading edge research expertise, and good quality mentoring and career development support. Over 25 PhD students have successfully undertaken their studies in the pharmacy practice group and 10 former members have secured academic or senior research appointments in Universities in the and abroad.

If you are interested in pharmacy research and pursuing post graduate training to PhD level please get in touch with the Director, Dr Darren Ashcroft, who will be pleased to discuss your own ideas for research, or you may want to find out more about the practicalities of undertaking a PhD. We can also put you in touch with one of the PhD students already here, if your enquiry is more informal. Please do not hesitate to contact us.


Each studentship will cover tuition fees and a maintenance grant will be provided at research council rates (expected to be approximately £12,300 per year, tax exempt). Funding is for three years. Candidates must have a First or Upper Second honours degree and meet the requirements for home or EU student status. Practitioners, graduates in pharmacy, and graduates from other clinical subjects or the economic or social sciences are welcome to apply.

PhD studentships

See Pharmacy: studentships and funding for further information