University of Houston

College of Pharmacy

Dept. of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences


4800 Calhoun Rd

University of Houston

Houston, TX 77004

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - Pharmaceutics Ph.D. - Pharmacology Ph.D. in Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Pharmaceutics focuses on the study of the physical, chemical and biological properties of drugs and dosage forms, and examines the relationship of drug properties to dosage form design, fabrication, evaluation and therapeutic efficacy. Students can develop thesis projects examining drug delivery systems, drug transport, stability and metabolism, dosage forms and pharmacokinetics. Pharmacology studies the mechanisms of drug action and their effects on normal and disease states physiological states. Pharmacology integrates chemistry, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and physiology. Students can develop thesis projects in renal physiology, autonomic and central nervous systems, cardiovascular and respiratory pharmacology, signal transduction, cellular neurophysiology of exercise and aging, and protein biochemistry. Medicinal chemistry is concerned with the design, development and synthesis of new pharmaceutics. Expertise from chemistry and pharmacology is used to identify new drug entities, then develop, synthesize and analyze these compounds. Students may develop projects in virtual drug screening and design, high throughput screening and drug syntheses, characterization of drug targets and developing of novel therapeutic interventions, and natural product drug screening and identification. A high proportion of the faculty are federally-funded and provide superb opportunities for students to train in the above research areas, publish their work in peer-reviewed journals, travel to scientific meetings, and after graduation, secure positions in academia, industry, or government. The Dept. of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences is located at both the University of Houston campus and in the nearby Texas Medical Center (TMC). Many of our faculty members collaborate with TMC institutions such as the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Methodist Hospital and Univ. of Texas Health Sciences Center. All incoming students, both domestic and international, receive financial support.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

International Student Requirements:

Applicants must have received their Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S or other country where English is the medium of instruction. Alternatively, the applicant may present English test scores from ONE of the following: (1) The IELTS, minimum score 6.5; (2) The TOEFL, Internet-based (iBT), minimum total score of 79; (3) The TOEFL, Computer-based: minimum score 213; (4) The TOEFL, Paper-based: minimum score 550.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 80 min, 120 typical

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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