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Pharmaceutical Science

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UCAS code:
F153
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 23 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 21 June 2020
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Pharmaceutical Science will appeal to those who are passionate about understanding how the human body functions at a molecular level and the science that we use to help manage human health.

In the 21st century drugs are of major importance in the treatment of human disease and illnesses. Throughout this course you will develop a clear understanding of how drugs and medicines work, and also the skills and techniques needed to understand development, production and the quality assurance of pharmaceutical products.

You will have the opportunity to undertake professional work experience or an extended research project.

You’ll develop specialist skills and an in-depth knowledge of pharmaceutical science and the industry around it.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award:

BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award:

BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award:

MSci Pharmaceutical Science

Work placements

You will attend a work placement between the second and final years of the course and our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to the theoretical principles and practical techniques fundamental to pharmaceutical science.

During Year 2, enhance your knowledge of how bodies work and explore the analysis and quality assurance of drugs, using a range of laboratory techniques and QA methodologies.

Your final year as a BSc (Hons) student, exposes you to the legislative and industrial side of the science but also offers a wide range of options, for example toxicology, neuropharmacology, and medicinal plants in order to develop your specialisms. 

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to the theoretical principles and practical techniques fundamental to pharmaceutical science.

During Year 2, enhance your knowledge of how bodies work and explore the analysis and quality assurance of drugs, using a range of laboratory techniques and QA methodologies.

If you are following the BSc (Hons) route, you can opt for the sandwich version of this course where the placement opportunity lasts a whole year.

Your final year as a BSc (Hons) student, exposes you to the legislative and industrial side of the science but also offers a wide range of options, for example toxicology, neuropharmacology, and medicinal plants in order to develop your specialisms. 

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to the theoretical principles and practical techniques fundamental to pharmaceutical science.

During Year 2, enhance your knowledge of how bodies work and explore the analysis and quality assurance of drugs, using a range of laboratory techniques and QA methodologies.

Your final year as a BSc (Hons) student, exposes you to the legislative and industrial side of the science but also offers a wide range of options, for example toxicology, neuropharmacology, and medicinal plants in order to develop your specialisms. 

On the the MSci path, your fourth year will allow you to apply the skills you have learnt to a specialist area. In addition, our foundation year option gives you the opportunity to commence degrees in science, even if your qualifications do not meet our normal NQF Level 4 entry requirements.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Science
Bioscience Concepts and Practice
Structure and Function
Chemical Principles for Pharmaceutical Science
Biology of Disease
Year 2 compulsory modules
Professional Practice and Placement
Biochemistry and Blood Sciences
Physiological Function
Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology and Immunology
Drug Discovery, Design, and Synthesis
Characterisation and Analysis of Drugs
Year 3 compulsory modules
Pharmaceutical Science Research Project
Drug Testing, Trials and Legislation
Global Pharmaceuticals industry
Analysis and Quality Assurance of Drugs
Drug Formulation and Delivery
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Year 4 compulsory modules
Advanced Research Methods (MSci)
Advanced Pharmaceutical Science (MSci)
Specialist Topics in the Biosciences (MSci)
Placement or Research Assistantship (MSci)

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, to include grade C or above in either Biology or Chemistry A Level or equivalent
  • BTEC: DMM Applied Science
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, to include grade C or above in either Biology or Chemistry A Level or equivalent
  • BTEC: DMM Applied Science
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 128 points
  • A levels: ABB, to include grade C or above in either Biology or Chemistry A Level or equivalent
  • BTEC: DDM Applied Science

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Careers

This degree is designed to allow graduates to progress into a wide range of careers such as: drug discovery, laboratory or clinical trials and industrial drug production.

Our graduates also possess the highly sought after skills to allow them to work in marketing, sales and business management in scientific industries.

In addition, graduates may pursue further training in various healthcare professions such as medicine and dentistry.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 80% of our full-time staff in Life Sciences and Education are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Kevin Reiling
Kevin Reiling Course Leader

Kevin’s research explores the environmental impacts of aerial pollutants and toxic metals. He is also interested in the public understanding of science.

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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