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Welcome to the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Pharmaceutical Chemistry is a multidisciplinary field that primarily studies the discovery, design, and development of drugs for the improvement of animal and human health. The field is also concerned with diagnostics, therapeutic target identification, and validation. Pharmaceutical chemistry is a highly collaborative field at the intersection of synthetic organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, pharmacognosy, pharmaceutics, bioinformatics, and computational chemistry.

As a Department, we aim to equip students with adequate knowledge and skill to positively impact the field of pharmacy and the health sector. Our students gain a comprehensive understanding and skills in chromatographic (HPLC, GC) and spectroscopic (UV/Visible, FT-IR, MS, NMR) methods and their use in molecular structural analysis, (bio)analysis and bioassay development for high-throughput screening (HTS). Additionally, our students acquire the know-how isolation and characterization of bioactive metabolites from natural sources (plants, animals, microbiological, mineral, and marine), rational drug design using computational tools, and in-depth structure-activity relationship (SAR) analysis. Also, as part of the PharmD program, students learn about the role of chemistry in analytical quality control and quality management systems of orthodox drugs and herbal products, and how medicinal chemistry principles inform choices in clinical therapy. Faculty in our Department are involved in diverse translational research areas including, but not limited to, antimicrobial (tuberculosis, MRSA, Aspergillosis),  antimalarial, drug discovery against neglected tropical diseases (NTD: leishmaniasis, Buruli ulcer, leprosy, soil helminths, trypanosomiasis), anti-inflammatory, and ligand discovery for purinergic G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs).

Join us. We warmly welcome prospective students and collaborators for a thorough, productive, and enjoyable research period.



A School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences with global recognition.


The goal of the School is to facilitate the training of students to acquire clinical, industrial, and community-based experience in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.


To train innovative and unique pharmacists with the highest professional standards to deliver quality pharmaceutical care.

Core Values

The core values of the School are Excellence, Professionalism, Innovation and Service. Additionally, UCC SoPPS-trained Pharmacists possess the following attributes summarised as “P.H.A.R.M.A.C.I.S.T.”

P : Patient-centeredness

H : Honesty

: Astuteness

R : Responsibility

: Meticulousness

A : Accountability

C : Competence

: Integrity

S : Scholarship

T : Teamwork