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Doctoral Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ph.D)

A Ph.D degree, which is the Doctor of Philosophy degree, is the greatest academic qualification to be accomplished by any student. To earn a Ph.D, one must accomplish two things. First, one must master a specific subject completely. Second, one must extend the body of knowledge about that subject. Because earning a Ph.D requires extended study and intense intellectual effort, less than one percent of the population attains the degree. Society shows respect for a person who holds a Ph.D by addressing them with the title “Doctor”.

Chitkara University’s Doctor of Pharmacy degree builds on the foundation of a master’s degree to prepare students for senior level leadership, consulting, and teaching positions within business, government, non-profit organizations, and higher education.

Our doctoral students are educated to discover new solutions to unsolved problems in a range of fields. Students develop analytic and research skills to define problems, study advanced content knowledge to discover innovative solutions, and practice consulting and leadership techniques to facilitate innovative change in organizations, communities, and society. Using these skills, graduates may find opportunities as leaders within nonprofit organizations and businesses, as consultants, or as faculty within higher education.

Chitkara University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmaceutical Sciences) degree program has been designed to help the scholar gain an in-depth understanding of a specialized subject related to Pharmaceutical Sciences so that he/she can predict trends and, ultimately, make contributions in his/her area of expertise. Along with intensive research and writing projects, the scholar will have the opportunity to explore high level design issues, evaluate methods of maintaining security in distributed systems, develop a software process improvement plan for an organization and design, test and implement an experiment – including reporting on the results.

Ph.D Tracks (Pharma Sciences)

There are four available tracks.

  • Pharmaceutics
  • A. Pharmacology and Toxicology and B. Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Pharmacognosy and Natural Products
  • Medicinal Chemistry

The Ph.D in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology emphasizes research in molecular and neuro-pharmacology, receptor pharmacology and biochemical and oxidant toxicology.The Ph.D program in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics is a novel interdisciplinary program of study that educates students with the perspective and skill set to identify important connections between fundamental biomedical research and human disease. The program’s emphasis is on translational, rather than basic science research.

The Ph.D in Pharmaceutics offers study prospects in any one of the following areas:

Physical Pharmacy is the study of the physical and chemical properties of drugs and their dosage forms. Also addressed are topics in theoretical/computational chemistry and molecular modeling which enable rational computer-assisted drug modification and design.

Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics involves investigation of the factors that influence the absorption, distribution, excretion, and metabolism of drugs, and the mathematical description of these processes.

Drug Delivery, Pharmaceutical Processing and Material Science focuses on the novel applications of pharmaceutical excipients to target drugs to specific sites in the body; to solve problems related to solubility, stability, dissolution rate and bioavailability; and to utilize advanced processing technologies to design innovative drug delivery systems.

The Ph.D in Pharmacognosy and natural products is focused on extraction, isolation and characterisation of phytopharmaceuticals from the plants and development of natural products.

The Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Chemistry involves synthetic drug research, Quantitative structure activity relationship studies and analytical method development.