Degree Requirements

Graduate degrees are awarded for the student’s demonstration of mastery of a selected field and independent scholarship therein. The program of study is tailored to best suit each student’s interests and professional goals while maintaining the standards established by the student’s supervisory committee and the division. Each student is required to select at least 18 hours from a list of “core” courses in pharmaceutics, physical chemistry, general chemistry, mathematics and statistics. Additional coursework is encouraged.

The graduate program in Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery aims to provide students with both breadth and depth in the disciplines, and provide an experience in independent and fundamental research. A student receiving an advanced degree from the College of Pharmacy will be prepared for a career in research and scholarly work in an academic institution, industry, or government.


Following completion of the core course requirements, the student takes a written candidacy examination authored by all members of the student’s examining committee. Typically, the examining committee consists of the same members as the supervisory com mittee. The student also submits to his supervisory committee a written proposal describing the proposed dissertation/thesis research and then presents the proposal in an oral proposal defense.

The core course requirements, the written candidacy examination, the written research proposal, and the oral proposal defense constitute the Ph.D. candidacy requirements within the Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Division. The Master’s candidacy requirements are the same except that no written candidacy examination is required. The degree requirements include the candidacy requirements plus preparation and oral defense of a dissertation (Ph.D.) or thesis (Master’s) based upon original research. Successful completion of the Ph.D. candidacy requirements must be accomplished at least one year prior to the date of the dissertation defense.

Required Curriculum

The following is a summary of the required curriculum.  For a detailed curriculum and additional requirements, please visit the Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery handbook.

Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Candidacy Requirements for Graduate Students:
Note:Satisfactory completion of at least one course in each of the four non-Pharmaceutics core areas is required.

Pharmaceutics Core Courses:

PHR 180J Advanced Pharmaceutics Lab Problems
PHR190H Advanced Pharmaceutics Research Conference
PHR 280J Advanced Pharmaceutics Lab Problems
PHR 380J Advanced Pharmaceutics Lab Problems
PHR380M Drug Development PHR380Q Advanced Pharmaceutical Processing
PHR381D Product Development
PHR381G Advanced Manufacturing Pharmacy
PHR382R Recent Advances in Pharmaceutics
PHR382V Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
PHR383N Solution Theory and Disperse Systems
PHR383P Advanced Pharmacokinetics
PHR383Q Statistics in Translational Science
PHR383R Rate Process in Pharmaceutical Systems
PHR386Q Preclinical and Clinical Drug Development
PHR487Q Communication Skills for Scientists

Non-Pharmaceutics core areas:

Upper division courses in Statistics
EDP371 Introduction to Statistics
EDP380E 1 Fundamentals of Statistics
M378K Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
M384F Design of Experiments UT-Austin Mathematics courses at or above Calculus

Mathematics courses at or above Calculus II
M427K Advanced Calculus I
M427L Advanced Calculus for Applications II
M368K Numerical Mathematics

Physical Chemistry courses at or above CH353 level
CH353M Physical Chemistry I for Life Sciences
CH354 Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
CH392N Physical Chemistry of Macromolecular Systems

Graduate-level courses in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
BME382J 6 Biopolymers and Drug/Gene Delivery
BME 382J Advanced Engineering Biomaterials
BME387J Topics in Biomedical Engineering
CHE384K Applied Kinetics and Chemical Reaction Analysis
CHE392 Polymer Science
CHE395J Product and Process Development
CH381M Advanced Analytical Chemistry
CH386J Advanced Organic Chemistry

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