Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD): Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems

Students earning a PhD degree in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery will be thoroughly versed in the fundamentals of physical pharmacy and pharmaceutics in addition to being trained in several more specialized areas such as:

  • Novel Drug Delivery Systems
  • Nanomedical Technologies
  • Physical Pharmacy
  • Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

With exposure to these various facets of pharmaceutics, graduates are poised to understand and assimilate the field of modern pharmaceutics. A PhD in pharmaceutics is a research degree. While course work plays an important role, students become a real participant in the science of pharmaceutics in the laboratory. Faculty research covers a broad range of scientific interests including: pharmacokinetic toxicodynamics of anticancer agents, use of biomaterials and synthetic polymeric systems in design of drug delivery systems, passive and active targeting of therapeutic agents, cardiovascular targeting of drugs, novel delivery systems for proteins and peptides and mathematical modeling of endogenous compounds.

Doctoral students receive tuition waivers and usually receive stipends for research or teaching of $25,000-$30,000/year.

Curriculum

Pharmaceutical Science Core 5-7 SH

PHSC 5100 / Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science / 2 SH
PHSC 6210 / Drug Design, Evaluation and Development / 2 SH
PHSC 6212 / Research Skills and Ethics / 1 SH or
CHEM 5600 / Research Skills and Ethics in Chemistry / 3 SH or
BIOL 6381 / Ethics in Biological Research / 2 SH

Pharmaceutics/Drug Delivery Specialization Core 22 SH

PHSC 6214 / Experimental Design and Biometrics / 2 SH
PHSC 6216 / Human Physiology and Pathophysiology / 2 SH
PHSC 6218 / Biomedical Chemical Analysis / 2 SH
BIOL 6300 / Graduate Biochemistry / 4 SH
BIOL 6301 / Molecular Cell Biology / 4 SH
PMST 6250 / Advanced Physical Pharmacy / 2 SH
PMST 6252 / Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism / 3 SH
PMST 6254 / Advanced Drug Delivery System / 3 SH
Studenst must take either:
BIOL 6300 / Graduate Biochemistry / 4 SH OR
PHSC 5300 / Pharmaceutical Biochemistry / 2 SH AND
BIOL 6301 / Molecular Cell Biology / 4 SH OR
PHSC 5310 / Cellular Physiology / 2 SH

PhD Core – 12 SH minimum

PHSC 6300 Pharmaceutical Science Seminar / 1 SH (must be taken more than once)
PHSC 8940 Doctoral Training & Research 1 SH / (Qualifying Exam Preparation)
PHSC 9681 Doctoral proposal 2 SH
PHSC 6810 Pharmaceutical Science Colloquium 1 SH
PHSC 9990 Dissertation 3 SH / (must be taken twice)

General Elective Core 4-6 SH

Advisor consultation is required when choosing electives

Common elective courses:

PHSC 6226 / Imaging in Medicine and Drug Discovery / 2SH
PHSC 7010 / PharmSci Lab / 4SH
PHSC 5200 / Advanced Immunology / 2SH
PHSC 6222 / Chemistry and Biology of Drugs of Abuse / 2SH
PHSC 6218 / Biomedical and Chemical Analysis / 2SH
NNMD 7270 / Introduction to Nanomedicine / 3SH
PHSC 6984 / Research / 2SH
PHSC 5976 / Directed Study / 1SH
PHSC 6300 / Seminar (Journal Club) 1SH

Total number of credits 45 SH

*Students coming in with a Master’s degree must complete the 12 SH for the PhD core courses and any other courses deemed necessary by the committee members.

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    Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences School of Pharmacy
    Bouvé College of Health Sciences
    Northeastern University
    140 The Fenway
    Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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