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Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ph.D.

College of Pharmacy

Develop independent research skills necessary to create new knowledge in the field of pharmacy. You'll receive interdisciplinary training and education while developing a personalized program of study.

Work side by side with faculty members who are pioneering research in drug discovery and outcomes sciences that will improve the future health of people in South Carolina, the nation and the world. You'll choose one of two tracks in the doctoral program: drug discovery and biomedical sciences or pharmaceutical outcomes sciences.

Program Highlights

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    Train with Leaders

    Learn from top researchers in cancer treatment, pharmaceutical chemistry, genomics, neuroscience and pharmacology.

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    Get access to technology for significant pharmacy advancements and scientific breakthroughs through our centers and facilities.

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    Leading Innovators

    Conduct research at the University of South Carolina, which is a top patent-producing university.

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    Research & Service

    Study at a university that has received the Carnegie Foundation's top-tier designation in both research activity and community engagement.

What You’ll Study

Pursue the drug discovery and biomedical sciences track to study disease mechanisms, drug toxicity and the design and development of pharmaceutical and anti-cancer agents, or pursue the pharmaceutical outcomes sciences track to develop data analysis skills and expertise in pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology or implementation science and health policy.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Therapeutic Intervention

    Using proven strategies to help individuals or groups achieve positive outcomes

    Medical Terminology

    Understanding and using specialized language and vocabulary in health care settings


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

  • Attention to Detail

    Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Regulatory Affairs Expert
  • Toxicologist
  • Medical Science Liaison

Workplace Settings

  • Academia
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Government Agencies

The interdisciplinary research pursued by expert faculty members here in the College of Pharmacy provides me a unique opportunity to get familiar with different topics that help me develop my own research interests and will guide me through the rest of my scientific career.

Ozge Saatci
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