Doctor of Science Major in Pharmacy

Doctor of Science Major in Pharmacy

Officially recognized by the National Program for Quality Graduate Studies of the National Council on Science and Technology (In Process)

Area of Interest:

Natural and Exact Sciences

Degree Level:

Graduate Studies

Type of Degree:


Academic Degree:

Doctor of Science Major in Pharmacy

Length of Course:

Minimum length of 3 years; Maximum length of 5 years

Official Recognition Since:

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Number of Official Recognition:



Program of Study


The purpose of the doctoral degree is to educate competitive human resources for international stages, with deep knowledge, professional ethics, and social responsibility, who will be able to develop original research works in an autonomous and interdisciplinary manner, and produce results of high scientific and technological quality in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. They will possess competitiveness for the innovative creation and application of knowledge, which meets the challenges demanded by society at facing and solving pharmaceutical problems correctly in academic, scientific, and industrial fields, with a special emphasis on drug development, pharmaceutical forms, and therapy.

Furthermore, they will link research advancement of Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon to the technology development of our country, as well as linking research advances in pharmaceutics to the health programs of our communities.


Graduates will focus on knowledge creation and its integration with professional skills to apply them in problem-solving for health fields through the study of natural, synthetic, and biotechnological products together with pharmacological activity, including its obtaining by synthesis or natural products, the evaluation of its possible therapeutic activity, the molecular compounds involved in its action mechanism, and bioavailability and bioequivalence studies.


Applicants must have a related master degree in science, which will guarantee they possess the necessary knowledge to develop proper research work. In addition, they must be skilled in verbal-mathematical reasoning and oral-written expression, comprehensive, critic, self-learners, innovators, keen to experimentation, tenacious, and sensitive to environmental care, with a high sense of responsibility and discipline.

Labor Market

Graduates will have the necessary knowledge, skills, and competence to teach, research, perform problem-solving activities in pharmaceutics, and work at training and consulting for different health institutions.

Social Significance

Graduates will possess deep and comprehensive knowledge on the scientific and technological basis of the latest advances in their fields to develop original research works in an autonomous and interdisciplinary manner for pharmaceutics, directed toward the solution of problems concerning health, with social-environmental commitment and responsibility.

Continuing Professional Development

The doctoral degree in pharmacy represents an opportunity to continuing professional development due to the knowledge, skills, and competences taught during the program. It is also the necessary means to integrate graduates into interinstitutional networks of multidisciplinary research collaboration. Furthermore, it provides academic and scientific support to applicants of the National Researcher System.

Operational Hazard

Graduates will have potential operational hazard depending on their area of professional practice: they will be in contact with different kind of samples and chemical substances, that is why it is important to follow up the recommendations of the national and international federal organizations regarding the fulfillment of the standards, regulations and laws to protect their health and integrity.

Specific Requirements

Applicants must have a related master of science in pharmacy and a minimum GPA of 80 out of 100. They must complete an application form and deliver the necessary documents at the Office of Student Services of our School of Graduate Studies, as well as fulfilling the enrollment requirements and complying with the entrance provisions of the UANL General Regulations of Graduate Studies and the School of Chemistry Internal Regulations.

Applicant must pass the mandatory tests: the General Knowledge Test (EXANI III, Spanish acronym), the English Proficiency Test (EXCI, Spanish acronym), the Specific Knowledge Test, a technical English test, a psychometric test, and an interview. For any special case, the Master Degree Committee will determine whether applicants are admitted or rejected.

Director of Graduate Studies in Pharmacy:

Dra. Lucia Guadalupe Cantu Cardenas

Phone: 8329 4000 Extension 6227

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