Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD

The Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD in Temple University’s School of Pharmacy is a rigorous, research-based graduate course of study that prepares you for advanced scientific research. The curriculum integrates biochemistry, molecular modeling, organic chemistry and pharmacology to emphasize the investigation and development of new, innovative drug therapies. You will acquire expertise on drug action, delivery, disposition, synthesis, and transport. Doctoral students leave the program well positioned to lead important discoveries and initiatives to treat disease and positively impact human health.

Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD graduates have gone on to work in academic research labs and government and regulatory agencies. Graduates have also pursued biotechnology, clinical pharmacology and engineering, in addition to pharmaceutics. The Philadelphia region is a hub for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, putting students in the middle of multiple research and career opportunities.

Completed in 4-5 years, the Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD curriculum emphasizes a deep understanding of chemical synthesis, controlled release dosage forms, drug metabolism, encapsulation, mechanisms of drug action, pharmaceutical analysis, pharmacokinetics and solid dosage forms. The interdisciplinary curriculum is divided into three concentrations of scientific study: Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacodynamics.

By focusing on one concentration, you’ll receive the training critical to the development of therapeutic drugs. This research-heavy curriculum includes a final dissertation paper, which must be defended before successful completion of the degree.

Doctoral candidates contribute to extensive research under the mentorship of School of Pharmacy faculty, particularly as they progress through the program. New discoveries and contributions to healthcare in the pharmaceutical sciences are performed in the School of Pharmacy’s state-of-the-art labs and research facilities, including the Jayne Haines Center for Pharmacogenomics and Drug Safety, Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research, and the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) Facility, one of only six in the U.S.


You can focus on Pharmaceutical Science or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Medicinal Chemistry

    Earn a doctoral degree in Pharmaceutical Science with a focus on Medicinal Chemistry. You’​ll be prepared for faculty positions in schools of pharmacy, research positions and pharmaceutical work in government agencies.

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  • Pharmaceutics

    You’ll study full-time and expand your practical knowledge of pharmaceutics in this doctoral program. Sharpen your clinical skills with a minimum one-year residency in one of the School of Pharmacy laboratories. You’​ll train to be a leader in research for the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies and faculty positions in schools of pharmacy.

  • Pharmacodynamics

    This seven-year doctoral program will immerse you in the pharmacodynamics field with an interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. Gain the tools for a career in teaching or as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. Graduates also commonly pursue post-doctoral research in pharmacodynamics.

Classes & Curriculum

The Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD curriculum is a blend of instructional courses and research requirements. Within seven years, students must complete a minimum of 40 graduate credits beyond their bachelor’s degrees and 16 beyond their master’s degrees. Students must also write and defend their dissertations before the Dissertation Examining Committee.

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    Tuition & Fees

    In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Doctor of Philosophy offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

    Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2021–2022 academic year.

    Pennsylvania resident: $1,072.00 per credit
    Out-of-state: $1,358.00 per credit

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