Introduction


Pharmaceutical Sciences is a problem-solving discipline concerned with the discovery, design, mechanism, and use of drugs. The doctoral program at Naresuan University focuses on the two hs: “Herbal and Health.” Research endeavors directly target drug development, how drugs work, determination of their properties, and dosages and delivery systems with the least diverse effects on the users, including cosmetic sciences and pharmaceutical outcomes. Our Faculty is proud to be the first in Thailand to initiate the Pharm.D program, a six year study, emphasizing clinical skills of pharmaceutical care. All students are required to acquire general professional practice and seven clerkship rotations in hospitals, pharmacies, and public health centers for at least 2,000 hours. For those interested in discovery, problem-solving, and cutting-edge research in one of the foremost scientific and medical environments, Naresuan University Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is your choice. The doctoral degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences program is a research-based program, without core or pre-requisite courses. The program emphasizes basic knowledge, cutting-edge technology, and application in modern and advanced pharmaceutical sciences. Importantly, the program provides hands-on training skills enabling students to independently conduct high quality research by using a systematically scientific approach to the pharmaceutical sciences and related fields. Staff members of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences are highly qualified and experienced. They are nationally and internationally recognized and sought after in their research fields, for example, natural products development, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical product formulation and technology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, toxicology, clinical pharmacy, social and administrative pharmacy, cosmetic science, and pharmaceutical outcomes. Student capability in life-long self-study and keeping up-to-date in the research area of interest is encouraged throughout the program. The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is well aware of the necessity for and puts into regular practice laboratory and environmental safety, and morals and ethics in research. Scholarships and research grants are available and provided annually.

Objectives

Graduates of the Doctoral Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences are expected to possess the following attributes:

  • Competency as a researcher in discovering new knowledge in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Possessing in-depth knowledge, understanding, and concepts so as to interrelate significant elements in research and development.
  • Capability in transferring pharmaceutical knowledge in conjunction with quantitative analysis and ICT in research endeavors.
  • Mastery of self-study and continuous learning.
  • An ethical researcher.

Special Admission Requirements

(See also general university graduate school requirements)

  • Option 1.1 Anyone with a Master degree or equivalent from accredited institutions with a GPA of more than 3.50 in science, sciences and technology or medical science.
  • Option 1.2 A holder of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from accredited institutions with a GPA of more than 3.50 in science, sciences and technology, or medical science.

Any other exceptions are authorized by the Graduate Study Committee of the Faculty.

Medium of Instruction

  • Thai and English.

Research Focus

  • Pharmaceutical Technology
    • Drug Delivery System
    • Nanotechnology
    • Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine
  • Cosmetic Science
    • Product Development
    • New Active Ingredients from Thai Herbs
    • Efficacy & Safety Evaluation
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    • New Drugs from Thai Herbs
    • Analytical Development
  • Pharmacology & Molecular Biology
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacy Practice
    • Smoking
    • Rational Drug Use
    • Outcome Research
    • Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Requirement for Graduation

In accordance with the Graduate School Rules and Regulations

Course Requirements

  • Core Course (Non-credit Subject) 2 cr.
    • 159807 Seminar I 1 (0-3-1)
    • 159808 Seminar II 1(0-3-1)
    • Thesis
  • Plan 1.1 Thesis 48 cr.
    • 159801 Dissertation I, Type 1.1 (2 cr.)
    • 159802 Dissertation II, Type 1.1 (11 cr.)
    • 159803 Dissertation III, Type 1.1 (11 cr.)
    • 159804 Dissertation IV, Type 1.1 (11 cr.)
    • 159805 Dissertation V, Type 1.1 (11 cr.)
    • 159806 Dissertation VI, Type 1.1 (2 cr.)
  • Plan 1.2 Thesis 72 cr.
    • 159891 Dissertation I, Type 1.2 (3 cr.)
    • 159892 Dissertation II, Type 1.2 (11 cr.)
    • 159893 Dissertation III, Type 1.2 (11 cr.)
    • 159894 Dissertation IV, Type 1.2 (11 cr.)
    • 159895 Dissertation V, Type 1.2 (11 cr.)
    • 159896 Dissertation VI, Type 1.2 (11 cr.)
    • 159897 Dissertation VII, Type 1.2 (11 cr.)
    • 159898 Dissertation VIII, Type 1.2 (3 cr.)
  • Option 1
    • Plan 1.1 for Master degree graduate, not less than 48 credits
  • Option 2
    • Plan 1.2 for Bachelor degree graduate, not less than 72 credits
  • Foreign Language Requirement
    • English
  • Qualifying Examination
    • Student may file a request, for taking a Qualifying Examination, according to Naresuan University requirement for the Graduate Program.
  • Nomination to Candidacy
    • Plan 1.1 for Master degree graduate, not less than 48 credits
      • Master degree of equivalence in the fields of Sciences, Technological Sciences, or Health Sciences with a minimum grade point average of 3.50.
      • By justification of the graduate committee, faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, Naresuan University.
    • Plan 1.2 for Bachelor degree graduate, not less than 72 credits
      • Bachelor degree or equivalence in the fields of Sciences, Technological Sciences, or Health Sciences with the minimum grade point average of 3.50.
      • By justification of the graduate committee, faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, Naresuan University.

Credit Requirements*

Requirement Option 1.1 Option 1.2
Coursework - -
Core Courses - -
Electives - -
Required Non-credit Courses 2 2
Dissertation 48 72
Total 48 72

* Minimum credits requirements

Core Courses

-

Electives

-

Required Non-credit Courses

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 1.2
Course No. Credits Course No. Credits
Seminar I 159807 1 159807 1
Seminar II 159808 1 159808 1
Total 2 2 2 2

Dissertation Credit Requirements

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 1.2
Course No. Credits Course No. Credits
Dissertation I, Type 1.1 159801 2 - -
Dissertation II, Type 1.1 159802 11 - -
Dissertation III, Type 1.1 159803 11 - -
Dissertation IV, Type 1.1 159804 11 - -
Dissertation V, Type 1.1 159805 11 - -
Dissertation VI, Type 1.1 159806 2 - -
Dissertation I, Type 1.2 - - 159891 3
Dissertation II, Type 1.2 - - 159892 11
Dissertation III, Type 1.2 - - 159893 11
Dissertation IV, Type 1.2 - - 159894 11
Dissertation V, Type 1.2 - - 159895 11
Dissertation VI, Type 1.2 - - 159896 11
Dissertation VII, Type 1.2 - - 159897 11
Dissertation VIII, Type 1.2 - - 159898 3
Total 6 48 8 72

Course Descriptions

Plan 1.1 for Master degree graduate, not less than 48 credits
159801 Dissertation I, Option 1.1 2 Credits
Extensively reviewing the literature related to the research, preparing a draft research proposal including research topic, objectives, research problem statement, rational experimental designs, and presenting a progress report in English.
159802 Dissertation II, Option 1.1 11 Credits
Preparing a completed original research proposal comprising details of all research components and presenting a progress report in English.
159803 Dissertation III, Option 1.1 11 Credits
Conducting the preliminary experiment, collecting and analysing initial data, and presenting a progress report in English.
159804 Dissertation IV, Option 1.1 11 Credits
Intensively focusing on research, and collecting and analysing research data, presenting a progress report in English, and publicizing research work.
159805 Dissertation V, Option 1.1 11 Credits
Intensively focusing on research, collecting and analyzing ongoing research data, and presenting a progress report in English.
159806 Dissertation VI, Option 1.1 2 Credits
Preparing, defending, and submitting the completed dissertation in English to the graduate school.
159807 Seminar I 1 Credits
Present and actively participate in oral academic presentations of their topic of interest.
159808 Seminar II 1 Credits
Present and actively participate in oral academic presentations of their research progress and development.
Plan 1.2 for Bachelor degree graduate, not less than 72 credits
159891 Dissertation I, Option 1.2 3 Credits
Extensively reviewing the literature related to the research, preparing a draft research proposal including research topic, objectives, research problem statement and rational experimental designs, and presenting a progress report in English.
159892 Dissertation II, Option 1.2 11 Credits
Preparing a draft original research proposal and presenting a progress report in English.
159893 Dissertation III, Option 1.2 11 Credits
Designing appropriate tools, conducting experiments, and presenting a progress report in English.
159894 Dissertation IV, Option 1.2 11 Credits
Preparing a completed original research proposal comprising details of all research components, conducting preliminary research, analyzing preliminary experiment results, and presenting a progress report in English.
159895 Dissertation V, Option 1.2 11 Credits
Conducting research experiments, collecting and analyzing preliminary experiment results, and presenting a progress report in English.
159896 Dissertation VI, Option 1.2 11 Credits
Intensively focusing on research, collecting and analysing research data, presenting a progress report in English, and publicizing research work.
159897 Dissertation VII, Option 1.2 11 Credits
Intensively focusing on research, collecting and analyzing ongoing research data, and presenting a progress report in English.
159898 Dissertation VIII, Option 1.2 3 Credits
Preparing, defending, and submitting the completed dissertation in English to the graduate school.

Course Organisers

Dean Sitthiworanan, Chanthonrat, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)
Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate Faculty
Associate Professors Saraphanchotiwitthaya, Aurasorn Ph.D. in BiotechnologySitthiworanan, Chanthonrat Ph.D. in Pharmacy Practice

Viyoch, Jarupa Ph.D. in Medico-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ingkaninan, Kornkanok Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy

Khorana, Nantaka Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry

Chaiyakunapruk, Nathorn Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Outcome

Waranuch, Neti Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics

Sripalakit, Pattana Ph.D. in Biotechnology

Jeenapongsa, Rattima Ph.D. in Pharmacology

Wittaya-areekul, Sakchai Ph.D. in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy

Sungthongjeen, Srisagul Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics

Pitaksuteepong, Tasana Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology

Assistant Professors Srivilai, Ampawan Ph.D. in Medical and Health Social sciencesTangsumranjit, Anothai Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology

Ounaroon, Anun Dr. rer. Nat. in Molecular Biology

Jedsadayanmata, Arom Ph.D. in Pharmacology

Polnok, Assadang Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics

Saiin, Chalerm Ph.D. in Pharmacy

Kongkaew, Chuenjid Ph.D. in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Prapunwattana, Mangkorn Ph.D. in Health Education

Lohitnavy, Manupat Ph.D. in Toxicology

Kitikannakorn, Nantawarn Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Limpeanchob, Nanteetip Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology

Saelim, Nuttawut Ph.D. in Cell and Structural Biology

Sonthisombat, Paveena BCPS in Infectious Diseases

Nimpitakpong, Piyarat Ph.D. in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Kitbunnadaj, Ruengwit Ph.D. in Pharmacochemistry

Praputbut, Sakonwun Ph.D. in Pharmacology

Maphanta, Sirada BCPS in Health System Pharmacy

Administration

Rujivipat, Soravoot Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics

Markmee, Sutthatip Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dhippayom, Teerapon Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Public Health

Tiyaboonchai, Waree Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics

Others Fuangchan, Anjana Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical SciencesThananithisak, Chuanchom Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pekthong, Dumrongsak Ph.D. in Pharmacology

Chaijinda, Kultida Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Rattanamanee, Kwanchai Ph.D. in Biopharmaceutical Sciences

Upakdee, Nilawan Ph.D. in Health Systems and Policy

Apichatwatana, Nutsawadee Dr. rer. Nat.

Kerdpin, Oranun Ph.D. in Pharmacology

Sermsappasuk, Pakawadee Ph.D. in Pharmacokinetics

Temkitthavon, Prapapan Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Sudcharda, Patcharaporn Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Charoensit, Pensri Ph.D. in Drug Delivery Research

Oo-puthiinan, Sarawut Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Biology

Vongvan, Sudaporn Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Analysis

Pongpattanawut, Supawan Ph.D. in Nutrition

Teaktong, Thanasak Ph.D. in Neurosciences