Pharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics

Hand with white glove near chemistry symbolsPharmaceutics deals with the design and development of pharmaceutical dosage forms. This track trains future scientists to create formulations to optimally control the bioavailability of pharmaceuticals.

At UA, emphasis is placed on non-oral (i.e., topical, injectable, and inhalable) dosage forms and novel drug delivery systems. Formulations are developed that maximize the bioavailability and/or the stability of the active ingredient. This involves the study of the factors that govern solubility in aqueous and non-aqueous vehicles. It also involves the development of stability indicating assays and the study of the effects of formulation components on physical and chemical stability.

The director of this track is Paul Myrdal.

The degree offered in this track is the doctor of philosophy (PhD) in pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis in pharmaceutics. Requests for a master's degree program will be considered on an as-needed basis.

The goal of the PhD program is to provide the student with an advanced knowledge base and extensive research skills in the area of pharmaceutical sciences. A dissertation based upon original research is required for the PhD degree. Students are required to select a minor field of study. Acceptable minor fields for doctoral students include biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology or physiology.

Admission requirements Individuals with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy, chemistry, engineering or physical or biological science are encouraged to apply. Students should have taken: Calculus--2 semesters Life Sciences--2 semesters Organic Chemistry--2 semesters Analytical Chemistry--1 semester Certain prerequisites may be waived.

For more information about this research track:

Visit the How To Apply to a Graduate Program page for information on applying for admission to the Pharmaceutics research track.

Originally posted: August 29, 2014
Last updated: May 6, 2016
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