PhD Pharmaceutical Engineering


The doctoral degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering with an option in Pharmaceutical Engineering is similar to the regular doctoral chemical and biochemical engineering curriculum, except that there is no free choice of elective courses. Instead, the five required pharmaceutical engineering core courses become the required electives.

The doctorate requires 30 credit hours of course work and 52 credit hours of research. Each course counts as 3 credit hours. The 30-credit hours of course credits are broken down into five core courses (15 credits) and five electives (15 credits) for a total of 30 credits.

After acceptance into the doctoral program, a plan is established that maximizes use of regular chemical and biochemical engineering core courses and pharmaceutical engineering elective courses. All research is to be done in pharmaceutical engineering.

Doctoral Degree Curriculum

Five chemical engineering core courses (15 credits)

  • 155:501 Advanced Trasnport Phenomena I: Momentum Transfer
  • 155:502 Advanced Trasnport Phemonena II: Heat and Mass Transfer
  • 155:507 Analytical Methods in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • 155:514 Kinetics, Catalysis, and Reactor Design

Five required pharmaceutical option electives (15 credits)

  • 155:545 Pharmaceutical Process Design I: Synthesis, Separation, and Sterile Processing in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • 155:546 Pharmaceutical Process Design II: Pharmaceutical Unit Operations
  • 155:547 Statistical Analysis and Design of Pharmaceutical Operations
  • 155:549 Pharmaceutical Development, Administration, and Absorption
  • 155:541 Pharmaceutical Materials Engineering

Additional Requirements

  • All students must register for and attend the department seminar series.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 with no more than one (1) grade of C or less in the core courses.
  • PhD candidates must spend two semesters as teaching fellows to satisfy the required teaching experience.
  • All graduate students in the doctorate program must take the qualifying examination given at the end of the first year or after the completion of all chemical engineering core courses, whichever comes first. The exam may use a written or oral format or both. The exam covers fundamental chemical engineering principles and may also include a research proposal.
  • Students must follow the guidelines given by the department and the Graduate School of New Brunswick regarding the thesis proposal, choosing the dissertation committee, and writing the final dissertation and defending it.

The doctoral degree is administered by the Graduate Program of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and admission inquiries should be directed to the Graduate Director of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.