I'm looking into doing a PhD in organic chemistry because I want to work in the pharmaceutical industry, and without a PhD that is basically impossible for a chemist. I'm about to start into my final year in UCC, where I'm doing BSc Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds. I've gotten a 1:1 the last 3 years so grades-wise I think I'm in a good position to get a PhD.
I need to get a PhD that will be well funded, not only because I recognise that it is insane to take on an unfunded PhD, but because I absolutely cannot afford to take on that kind of debt.
I'm considering going further afield, most likely the UK, and I'm looking for advice/words of wisdom/experiences?
Can anyone recommend any areas of chemistry to specialise in that would suit someone looking to work in pharma? At the moment that's proving to be my biggest obstacle - deciding what area to look for supervisors in.
What do ye think are the best universities in the UK when it comes to postgrad support, where is the best pharmaceutical chemistry work being done at the moment, and who is doing it?
I'm sure this information is available online somewhere, but I feel so overwhelmed at the moment I don't even know where to start looking...
Any help/advice greatly appreciated!