Online Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science

Blue Marble University now offers 4  Ph.D. degrees in the Pharmaceutical Sciences. All are 3-year online programs leading to a Ph.D. Our four programs are:

Pharmaceutical Science Ph.D.

Pharmaceutical Biochemistry Ph.D.

 Pharmaceutical Engineering Ph.D.

Pharmaceutical Clinical Research Ph.D.

Biology is dead. If you are looking for a PhD to make your career explode, a degree in Pharmaceutical Science is the one. No one is looking for Biology majors. No one is looking to hire a biologist unless you happen to be studying stem cell biology.  If you are interested in biology and are also interested in a high paying 6 figure salary that will only increase, Pharmaceutical Science is where to be. Look in the newspaper. Do you see any jobs listed for biologists? No. Do you see any jobs listed for pharmaceutical biochemists or pharmaceutical engineers…Many. Do your own investigation. Check out the jobs listed on, or seeking pharmaceutical scientists and pharmaceutical biochemists and related fields for which you would qualify: pharmaceutical scientist, pharmaceutical research associate, pharmaceutical chemist and so forth. Companies as well as the federal government are seeking scientists knowledgeable in pharmaceutical research, pharmaceutical production, pharmaceutical quality control, pharmaceutical technical writing, and streamlining pharmaceutical processes. Blue Marble University teaches to the jobs that are out there. Blue Marble University offers elegant online PhD degrees that will make your career explode. So if you like science and want to be able to point to the company you want to work for, then the Blue Marble University 3 year online PhD degree in the Pharmaceutical Sciences will get you there.

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Curriculum Highlights

Whatever  your education level, we have an online program that will put you into the pharmaceutical industry right now. And we offer a Masters Degrees as well as a PhD’s in the Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Clinical Research. Every program at Blue Marble University stresses the 5 basics:

Research (Drug Discovery and Development),
Production and Delivery,
Quality Control,
Process Streamlining, and
Technical Writing.

Do you know what CAPA is?

Do you know what HPLC is? GC, LC?

Do you know what “root cause analysis” is as applied to pharmaceutical production?

Do you know how to register a clinical trial?

The Blue Marble University online PhD in Pharmaceutical Science will teach you about Corrective and Protective Action, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, Liquid Chromatography. We will teach you the wishbone diagram and the “5 whys” used in the “root cause” analysis to find problems in pharmaceutical production.

Your PhD in Pharmaceutical Science from Blue Marble University will make you knowledgeable in Pharmaceutical Research Methodologies including clinical trials; pharmaceutical production; pharmaceutical quality control, streamlining pharmaceutical processes; and writing technical reports.

Here is our Curriculum for the Blue Marble University 3 year online PhD in Pharmaceutical Science. Lab courses feature simulators and equipment video instruction. We offer four variations, namely four closely related PhD degrees that you can choose from: 

Pharmaceutical Science
Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
Pharmaceutical Engineering
Pharmaceutical Clinical Research

Our typical Curriculum is shown Here:

Pharmaceutical Science
Year 1

Term 1

Introduction to Pharmaceutical Biochemistry. This course introduces the student to physiological chemistry. We provide an in-depth presentation on the major topics of physiological chemistry, including general chemistry and biomolecules, peptide synthesis and protein structure, carbohydrates and nucleic acids, thermodynamics and kinetics of molecular interactions, and colloids and micelles. We relate biochemical information to the specific areas of pharmacology, pharmaceutics, and drug discovery/development. 3 credits.
Principles of Drug Development-Drug Discovery, Drug Action, and Drug Delivery. Introductory-level graduate course providing overview of the drug development process, involving drug discovery, drug action, and drug delivery. Exposes students to cutting-edge research and the chemistry, biology, physical chemistry, and engineering that go into pharmaceutical sciences research.
3 Credits.
Pharmokinetics. Quantitative aspects of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion. Philosophy and applications of pharmacokinetic modeling and its use in clinical practice. 3 Credits.

Term 2

Synthesis and Biosynthesis of natural products in drug discovery. Topics include: natural products in drug discovery; biosynthetic pathways and synthetic strategies for major natural product classes. We place emphasis on basic bioorganic chemistry and enzyme mechanisms in biosynthesis. 3 Credits.
Cellular Signalling Mechanisms. Various signalling pathways are studied, with relation to human hormones, growth factors and other mediators. Emphasis is placed on the study of in vivo stem cell stimulatory factors. 3 Credits.
Herbal Extraction and Purification Techniques. As side effects moount, the future will see increased emphasis on herbal remedies. This course delves into the herbal extraction and purification of active plant sourced biological compounds. The role of Herbaceuticals and Cosmetics in delivery mechanisms.  3 Credits.

Term 3

Growth Media, Growth Factors, and the Paired Mice Experiment. More and more of pharmaceutical science research and development is centered on biologics, and more specifically, stem cell biologics. Biologics include not only the stem cells themselves, but the related extracellular vesicles, cytokines, growth factors, and exosomes. This course presents a review of growth media for purposes of expansion of a patient’s collected stem cells, including with the use of autologous serum. The importance and identity of stem cell growth factors is presented in context to the very important paired-mice experiment. The course includes a discussion of exogenous growth stimulants such as Neupogen (filgrastim), and concludes with an introduction to exosomes.
3 Credits.
Give Me Exosomes-The Rise of Birth Tissues. Over the last several years, exosomes, which were hardly ever discussed prior to 2019, have become the new hot topic. Manufacturing large quantities of exosomes will be a big part of pharmaceutical activity for years to come. In this course, the biology, function, and biomedical applications of exosomes and extracellular vesicles is studied with emphasis on applications in stem cell therapy. This very important course expands on the findings of the “paired-mice” experiment to the effect that serum factors and not stem cells are the most important contributing element to achieving, boosting, and stimulating the body’s own natural repair mechanisms toward the control of our most debilitating diseases. And the most important source of exosomes is “birth tissues”: amniotic fluid, placental tissues, umbilical cord blood, and Wharton’s jelly. 3 credits.
Pharmaceutical Drug Production and Lab. This course is based on current production techniques, batch production, the various chromatography instrumentation, purification, crystalization, packaging. Simulated and virtual laboratory resources and experiments are included.  3 credits.

Pharmaceutical Science
Year 2

Term 1

Pharmaceutical Calculations and Biostatistics. Compounding, the survival curve and “p” values. 3 Credits.
Pharmaceutical Analysis Lab. Analysis and Testing. Most methodologies covered including selection of analytical tools, types of analyses, including Mass spectroscopy, Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, QC compendium testing, and other methodologies.
3 Credits.
Quality Control Designs and Reporting. QC Analysts prepare and test samples from all phases of a manufacturing or other handling process, with the goal of determining if the substance meets the standards or requirements of the project.They prepare technical documents that report the results of their lab work. This course delves into this topic. 3 Credits.

Term 2

Pharmaceutical Processes and Engineering. Colloquium styled course using a variety of resources to study the topic. Subject matter adjusted annually to stay current. 3 Credits.
Streamlining Pharmaceutical Processes. Corrective and preventive action (CAPA). Root Cause Analysis. CAPA Inputs: NCMR’s, Complaints, Internal/External Audits. Clinicals, Validation from CAPA sources: Man, Machine, Material, Method, Environment. A study of the CAPA process.
3 Credits.
Technical Reports. The practicalities of technical report writing to summarize a problem, to make fact based suggestions, to file reports respecting production. How to write reports in the pharmaceutical industry, including GMP data reviews, analytical data reviews, and reviews of SOP (standard operating procedures). The course relates to the handling of data and compliance.
3 Credits.

Term 3

Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics. Drug delivery systems, emphasizing  new methods of targeted drug delivery to optimize the therapeutic efficacy of drugs and vaccines. The biologic barriers and subsequent bio-distribution and metabolism all aiming to improve the efficacy and delivery of therapeutic agents. Transdermal Delivery and Patch Technologies are also covered. 3 Credits
The Scientific Method-Research in Pharmaceutical Science. What it is, how to create a hypothesis, how to create an experiment, how to evaluate reports in the scientific literature, the components of a “research paper”, how scientific literature is indexed, ICH and FDA guidance. The student will learn the principles of generating various types of client reports, including but not limited to: laboratory investigation, deviation, stability trend, method validation, and method transfer/verification reports; and generating various types of client protocols, including but not limited to: stability, standard qualification/characterization/crossover, method verification, validation, and transfer. This course differs from “Technical Reports” in that it emphasizes the creation of data. 3 Credits.
Clinical Trials. The methods, set-up, registration, record-keeping, analysing and publishing results with emphasis on the federal online repository.  3 Credits.

Pharmaceutical Science
Year 3

Term 1

Microbiology Laboratory. In this course we cover USP Testing. Equipment and lab protocols for microbial attributes testing, sterility testing, microbial identifications, endotoxin testing. Also included in  this course are knowledge of GMP’s and other pharmaceutical industry requirements. 3 Credits.
Wet Chemistry. Analytical chemistry course presenting the classical methods of of observational analysis with focus on color changes and precipitation as related to the pharmaceutical industry. Also covered in depth is solutions preparations, moles and molarity. 3 Credits.
Medical Devices. Description, categories, and emphaisis on regulatory matters affecting pharmaceutical companies. 3 Credits.

Term 2

Dissertation Preparation. There is nothing more important to show a prospective employer or institution than an elegant written research paper or literature review that is published. With staff guidance, the student will select and outline a thesis topic paying careful attention to the current state of the literature. Guidance is thorough and publication outlets are also reviewed. It is at this stage that the student will make an election as to which of our four PhD’s will be awarded, by selecting a thesis topic either in Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Engineering, or Pharmaceutical Clinical Research. 6 Credits.

Term 3

Dissertation Completion, Publication, and Presentation. Every student at Blue Marble University has their dissertation published, most in a peer reviewed journal. Normally completed within 1 year or less, the student may take longer depending on the circumstances. 6 Credits.

Total Tri-mester Credits: 72

Blue Marble University Has A Program in Pharmaceutical Science
For Everyone Regardless of Your Education Level

(A) Our 3 Year Online PhD Degree in any of the following:

Pharmaceutical Science
Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
Pharmaceutical Engineering
Pharmaceutical Clinical Research

For anyone with a Bachelor Degree (BA) or a Masters Degree (MS) in the sciences.

(B) Our 2 Year Online Masters Degree in any of the following:

Pharmaceutical Science
Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
Pharmaceutical Engineering
Pharmaceutical Clinical Research

For anyone with a Bachelor Degree (BA) in the sciences.

(C) Our 5 Year BS/PhD degree in any of the following:

Pharmaceutical Science
Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
Pharmaceutical Engineering
Pharmaceutical Clinical Research

For High School Graduates, Homeschoolers, Non-traditional Students.  All High School students are welcome to apply regardless of academics or grades. Poor grades can mean you did poor work, but more often than not they reflect other issues or problems you may have been having, like bullying, or other things that affected your grades. We try to look at the whole picture the student presents. We do not concern ourselves with high school grades. We only ask one question: Is this applicant likely to succeed in our program? So, we have the cure for messy high school performance. Can a high school student with bad grades get accepted to college? At Blue Marble University, we have the cure for bad high school grades. High school students with bad grades get a second chance at a top quality college education.


Because Blue Marble University is based in Dominica, you don’t need to worry about our accreditation. Why? Because as a foreign educational institution,  we don’t need to be accredited in the U.S. Rather, after you graduate, most students are able to obtain a certificate from a foreign education evaluator that your Ph.D. degree from Blue Marble University is the same as if you went to a regionally accredited US college or university.

As noted by the US Department of Education: “Unaccredited institutions are not reviewed against a set of standards to determine the quality of their education and training. This does not necessarily mean that an unaccredited institution is of poor quality…Some unaccredited institutions and programs provide significant, legitimate academic work.”

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The reality is that most employers do not require any special paperwork, including most State employers, and will accept your degree from Blue Marble University. Most employers review your credentials, review your course work, investigate the institution website and make their own judgment as to the qualifications of an applicant.

Some students ask about whether our degree can qualify for USA federal government jobs.

For USA Federal Government jobs, the main US Jobs website states: “Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.”

The Office of Personnel Management states on their website:

“Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment”…. “For Federal employment, education received in foreign colleges or universities will be considered acceptable provided…the candidate submits an evaluation of the coursework from a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign educational credentials….If the requested evaluation shows the foreign education to be legitimate and comparable to that expected of a candidate with U.S. credentials, it may be accepted at the discretion of the agency.“


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Costs: Very Affordable, only $3450/year with payment plan; or $3200/year with advance lump sum payment. Includes ALL learning materials.

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