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Professor Amira Guirguis

Professor Amira Guirguis

Professor, Pharmacy
Office - 261
First Floor
Grove Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Amira originally trained as an accountant before gaining an interest to pursue a career as a pharmacist. Amira gained her PhD in the in-field detection of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS). Amira pioneered the initiative of develop a ‘new’ concept for providing insight among pharmacists, other healthcare professionals and service providers of the completely new area of NPS which cumulated undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy education modules and was the subject of recent Swansea University Podcast series. Amira was the 2014 winner of the JPAG’s Geoffrey Phillips award and the Principal Investigator of the first-Home Office-licensed Pharmacist-led drug checking service in the UK. Amira is now the MPharm Programme Director at Swansea University Medical School and is a known international expert in the field of substance misuse.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy education and training
  • Public Health
  • Substance of Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances
  • Harm reduction interventions
  • Drug education
  • Drug detection and drug checking
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Raman spectroscopy

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Clinical Pharmacy

Substances of misuse and related topics including drug testing, mental health, addiction/dependence/withdrawal

Diversion of prescription medicines

Pharmaceutical calculations

Pharmaceutical chemistry/ Analytical chemistry

Medical devices and point-of-care testing

Integrated curricula (science in practice)

Pre-Registration pharmacist teaching and training

Award Highlights Collaborations