University of Nebraska Medical Center

PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Make impactful scientific discoveries and develop your research skills as a member of UNMC's pharmaceutical sciences doctoral program.

Why Study Pharmaceutical Sciences?

Pharmaceutical science is at an exciting point in history. New technology has allowed us to understand human physiology and disease like never before. Advances in the identification, synthesis, formulation, delivery and administration of pharmaceutical agents are opening the door to treatments for many diseases that have resisted drug therapy to date. We are on the threshold of applying this knowledge to the creation of new medicines to combat human disease.

Why Study Pharmaceutical Sciences at UNMC?

As a doctoral student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program, you'll be part of an internationally recognized program with faculty who pride themselves in mentoring their students for outstanding careers. Your training will be in a highly collegial, collaborative atmosphere with state-of-the-art equipment, working with some of the most well regarded experts in their discipline in the world.

A common core curriculum provides a solid grounding in the basic pharmaceutical sciences. PhD students then tailor their studies to complement their chosen research track.

Program Tracks

Medicinal Chemistry Track

Using medicinal and organic chemistry, chemical biology, and molecular pharmacology to design, synthesize and evaluate novel compounds.

Drug Delivery and Biopharmaceutics Track

A focus on the design and development of novel pharmaceutical formulation and delivery technologies.

Biophysics Track

Research of single-molecule and standard spectroscopy and calorimetric techniques to investigate fundamental cellular processes at the molecular level.

Clinical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Track

Incorporating clinical and translational research to improve patient therapeutic outcomes.

Program Snapshot

Course Load
Four to five years
Start Date

Careers & Outcomes

Our graduates are highly competitive in the job market. Program alumni are employed across every major sector of the pharmaceutical sciences. Many students pursue postdoctoral research training at universities across the world.

Job Opportunities

  • Biopharmaceutical startups
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Academia
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Research institutions
  • Patent law

Representative Employers

  • Pfizer
  • Platelet BioGenesis
  • Ensign Pharmaceuticals
  • Manchester University
  • Biocon Research Limited
  • University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
  • Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • BioMedical Research and University of the Sciences

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

The UNMC AAPS student chapter fosters interprofessional relationships between students and industry scientists, building networks to improve career goals.

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