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Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutics

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.

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.


LIU Pharmacy
Arash T. Dabestani