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PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences – Drug Discovery and Development

The Drug Discovery and Development Track of the Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutical sciences. Students in this Pharmaceutical Sciences – Drug Discovery and Development program at University of Arizona must take courses in the major area as well as one of the several possible minor areas of study.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: August
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

The objective of the Pharmaceutical Sciences – Drug Discovery and Development program at University of Arizona is to impart advanced scientific knowledge in the drug discovery and design phases of pharmaceutical development, and to provide training opportunities in conducting state-of-the-art approaches in basic research in pharmaceutical sciences, and closely related sub-disciplines, in order to prepare the students for careers in independent research or related careers in academia, industry or government.

The average time to graduation is less than five years.


The College of Pharmacy offers a graduate program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy and/or a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Over twenty faculty participate in the program.

Faculty research interests are in various areas of:

  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • Health Pharm Outcomes Research
  • Pharmaceutics

Courses include:

  • Nucleic Acids and Proteins as Drug Targets
  • Principles in Drug Discovery, Design, and Development
  • Synthetic & Mechanistic Organic Chem
  • Proteins and Enzymes
  • Scientific Writing, Presentation and Bioethics

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