Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences


Pharmaceutics Track

Pharmacology/Toxicology Track

Students develop an ability 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-doc in various institutions across the country. Students may pursue work in the following:
  • Formulation and Analytical Science
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Contract Manufacturing
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Post-Doc and Academics

Program Mission

The doctoral program in Pharmaceutical Sciences at LIU is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges and the current needs of scientists engaged in the pharmaceutical sciences and drug development process.

This program offers a blend of didactic and elective courses in the basic material sciences and mathematics, drug delivery, biopharmaceutics/pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics, pharmacology/toxicology, and other areas related to academic and industrial research.

After completing a broad-based core of fundamental courses, all students are required to perform original research in a specialized area, culminating in a dissertation. The program is designed so Ph.D. students have considerable flexibility in selecting areas of research for the Ph.D. project.

The Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences requires students to complete 69 credits of coursework, choosing one of two specialization tracks: Pharmaceutics or harmacology/Toxicology. This includes 36 credits of coursework in the M.S. Program in Pharmaceutics or the M.S. Program in Pharmacology/Toxicology. Admission to the Ph.D. Program requires an M.S. degree or successful completion of coursework that corresponds to the didactic portion of the aforementioned M.S. programs. Ph.D. students may bypass the M.S. degree and continue towards the Ph.D. degree, but only after completing M.S.- level coursework and passing the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam.

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

Starting in Fall 2019

The Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences requires students to complete 69 credits of coursework, choosing one of two specialization tracks:

  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology

This includes 36 credits of coursework in the M.S. Program in Pharmaceutics or the M.S. Program in Pharmacology/Toxicology. Admission to the Ph.D. Program requires an M.S. degree or successful completion of coursework that corresponds to the didactic portion of the aforementioned M.S. programs. Ph.D. students may bypass the M.S. degree and continue towards the Ph.D. degree, but only after completing M.S. - level coursework and passing the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam.

Pharmaceutics Track

Core Courses  - 12 Credits

PTM 712 Scientific Writing

3

PHS 936 Dosage Form Design

3

PTM 923 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

3

PHS 997 Solid State Characterization
3

Elective Courses - 9 Credits

Students select 3 elective courses


Research and Thesis - 12 Credits (registered in 4 consecutive semesters)

PHS 998 Research and Thesis

3


Pharmacology/Toxicology Track

Core Courses  - 12 Credits

PHS 936 Dosage Form Design

3

PTM 712 Scientific Writing

3

PTM 923 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

3

PTM 924 Clinical Pharmacology/Toxicology
3

Elective Courses - 9 Credits

Students select 3 elective courses


Research and Thesis - 12 Credits (registered in 4 consecutive semesters)

PHS 998 Research and Thesis

3

CONTACT

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