The CDT is a partnership between the University of Nottingham, University College London (UCL), and the Synthesis & Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) in Ireland. It builds on our highly successful previous CDTs in Targeted Therapeutics and Advanced Therapeutics & Nanomedicines.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Council, Science Foundation Ireland and a total of 19 industry partners, we provide world-leading training to prepare inspired and strategic-thinking scientists ready for high achieving careers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Students on the CDT develop exceptionally high-level scientific skills through a cutting-edge PhD research project, in addition to honing their transferrable, innovation and critical skills via mini-projects and an integrated university-industry training programme.


About the Centre

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Our aims, partnerships and training programmes



What you can expect to receive from our PhD studenships

Our partners

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Meet the partners involved with our Centre for Doctoral Training



How to apply


Helping you understand the application and selection process and our requirements

The team

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What are transformative pharmaceutical technologies?

A drug is a molecule that acts upon biological processes in the body. In contrast, a medicine is a complex product that comprises the drug and other ingredients packaged into a final dosage form that can be administered to a patient to ensure there is a beneficial therapeutic effect with minimum side-effects.

To achieve therapeutic effect it is essential to ensure that the drug is delivered to the appropriate site in the body, at the right time, and in the correct amount. This is challenging: some drug molecules are poorly soluble in biological milieu, while others are either not stable or have toxic side-effects and require careful processing into medicines to ensure they remain biologically active and safe.

The new drug molecules arising from drug discovery and biotechnology have particularly challenging properties. Pharmaceutical technologies are central to developing medicines from these molecules, to ensure patients are provided with safe and efficacious therapy.