Pharmaceutical sciences doctoral program mission statement
Following graduation, outstanding students may continue their education through one of the ongoing postgraduate research projects being conducted by the University’s basic science departments. Successful completion of this research will lead to award of a Ph.D degree.
The goal of UD’s Doctoral Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences is to provide state-of-the-art scientific education to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This program is structured to focus on high-quality training of our students in basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, while remaining committed to disease prevention and promotion of the highest standards of public health. The educational and scientific achievements of the Doctoral Program are of high repute, nationally and internationally.
In the interest of avoiding potential ambiguity regarding the major academic field for which UD’s Doctoral Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences has been developed, it is worthwhile to emphasize that the term “Pharmacology” is not synonymous with “pharmacy”, which is a name given to the profession of medical drug application. Modern Pharmaceutical Science is a basic health science in its own right, but extends into applications of many topics related to intervention in disease processes using exogenous chemicals - and encompasses the techniques of many medical and pharmaceutical disciplines including Microbiology, Toxicology, Biopharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Biophysics. Pharmacy is a medical-pharmaceutical science concerned with the safe and effective use of pharmacological agents (drugs), technology, and formulation. The major basic research directions of UD’s Doctoral Program include production, analysis, formulation, dosing, toxicities, and pharmacogenic effects of a diverse range of substances used as drugs, including pure compounds, cocktails of several molecules and complex mixtures, represented by plant and/or microbial extracts. Doctoral candidates in this program will become expert in use of various experimental conditions, using both in vivo and in vitro models.
UD’s Doctoral Program further supports economically sustainable, and socially equitable research, outreach and educational goals through its extensive network of international cooperation and public-private partnerships. These collaborations include work with German, Romanian, Italian, French and American institutions leading common international grant applications. These efforts have been highly rewarding and have resulted in outstanding success by the Doctoral Program in obtaining grant funding support at the national level in basic sciences.
- Pharmaceutical Technology
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry