Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutics

Students are trained to conduct independent research and are much sought after in industry and academia. Graduates with a Ph.D., depending on their specialization, might go into industry or accept a position as a post-doctoral fellow in various institutions across the country. Student may pursue work in the following:

  • Formulation and Analytical Scientist
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Contract Manufacturing
  • Academic fellowships and professorships

Program Mission

The doctoral program in Pharmaceutics is designed to prepare students for research-oriented careers in academia and at institutions engaged in pharmaceutical science and drug development.

This program trains students to integrate advanced knowledge and concepts in pharmaceutical sciences to identify a research problem, develop hypotheses, gather, examine and analyze data, and design experiments to study the problem.

After completing a broad-based core of fundamental courses in the basic material sciences and mathematics, drug delivery, drug solubilization and stabilization, biopharmaceutics/pharmacokinetics, and other areas related to academic and industrial research, all students are required to perform original research in a specialized area, culminating in a dissertation. Ph.D. students have considerable flexibility in selecting areas of research for the Ph.D. project.

Program Goals And Objectives

Goal 1: Design, conduct and defend original research in one’s field of expertise.

1.1       Integrate advanced knowledge and concepts in pharmaceutical sciences to identify a research problem, and to develop an appropriate hypothesis and design experiments to study the problem.

1.2       Demonstrate technical skills involving computer, laboratory, and other measurements necessary to be a productive scientist.

1.3       Analyze experimental data and compare results to theoretical predictions.

1.4       Effectively disseminate and defend one’s research both orally and in writing.

Goal 2: Apply analytical and critical thinking in reviewing scientific literature and evaluating research findings.

2.1       Read, accurately interpret, and critically analyze procedures (including error identification), results and conclusions from discipline-specific published research.

2.2       Identify potential errors in and limitations of key research studies related to one’s research focus, including studies conducted by the student.

Degree Requirements

Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Course Requirements 

*a written comprehensive examination is required after completing the nine courses below indicated with an asterisk. Students must successfully pass this examination to qualify for continuation in the Ph.D. program.

PHS 602 Pharmaceutical Regulatory Overview*


PHS 931 Advanced Physical Pharmacy I


PHS 932 Advanced Physical Pharmacy II*


PHS 934 Principles of Industrial Pharmacy I*


PHS 935 Principles of IndustrialPharmacy II*


MAT 610 Pharmaceutical Calculus*


PHS 972 Methods of Pharmaceutical Analysis*


PHS 987 Advanced Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics*


PHA 010 Biostatistics*


CHE 621 Advanced Organic Chemistry I


PHS 990 Pharmacokinetic Modelling


PHS 936 Dosage Form Design


PHS 983 Polymer Science


PHS 997 Solid State Characterization


Students must register for a minimum of four semesters (12 credits)

PHS 998 Ph.D. Research & Thesis



LIU Pharmacy
John M. Pezzuto, A.B., Ph.D.