Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a placement year), 4 years (with a foundation year), 4 years (MSci) full-time
UCAS code: F153, F152 (with a placement year), F154 (with a foundation year), F151 (MSci)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

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 manage human health.

You will explore the biochemical and cellular make-up of the human body, investigate disease and illness, and how these maybe prevented or cured by the action of drugs.

Throughout the course, you will build a clear understanding of drugs and medicines— from their discovery, through to production and quality assurance.

Our MSci course combines Bachelors and Masters-level study into one course.

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

Whichever degree you choose, 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 one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science, MSci Pharmaceutical Science

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, 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 of pharmaceutical science and pharmacology.

During Year 2, you’ll look more thoroughly at 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.

In your final year as a BSc (Hons) student, you will complete your dissertation to probe a current issue in pharmaceutical science.

If you have chosen 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.

The foundation year of the course is based at Stoke-on-Trent College with the subsequent three years completed at our campus in Stoke-on-Trent.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Science Compulsory
Bioscience Concepts and Practice Compulsory
Structure and Function Compulsory
Chemical Principles for Pharmaceutical Science Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Science Compulsory
Bioscience Concepts and Practice Compulsory
Structure and Function Compulsory
Chemical Principles for Pharmaceutical Science Compulsory
Biology of Disease Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Biochemistry and Blood Sciences Compulsory
Molecular Genetics Compulsory
Drug Discovery, Design, and Synthesis Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Physiological Function Compulsory
Cell Biology and Immunology Compulsory
Characterisation and Analysis of Drugs Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Pharmaceutical Science Research Project Compulsory
Drug Testing, Trials and Legislation Compulsory
Analysis and Quality Assurance of Drugs Compulsory
Clinical Immunology Optional
Cellular Pathology Optional
Toxicology Optional
Neuropharmacology Optional
Contemporary Issues in Biosciences Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Pharmaceutical Science Research Project Compulsory
Global Pharmaceuticals industry Compulsory
Drug Formulation and Delivery Compulsory
Medical Genetics Optional
Clinical Biochemistry Optional
Medicinal Plants Optional
Contemporary Issues in Biosciences Optional

Year 4

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Research Methods Compulsory
Advanced Pharmaceutical Science Compulsory
Choice of one Year 3 Option Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Placement or Research Assistantship Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert 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 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.