Pharmaceutical Science (Top-up)
Learn about the development and marketing of pharmaceutical products
Why take this course?
This course provides students with the opportunity of topping up their existing qualifications to a full BSc (Hons) and thus maximise their chances of getting a career in the pharmaceutical industry.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Use our modern laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning.
- Opt to join one of our internationally-recognised research groups and complete a final-year project
What opportunities might it lead to?
Do you see yourself developing new drugs? Or perhaps selling to GPs and hospitals? Whichever area of the pharmaceutical industry interests you most, this course enables you to focus on an array of specialisms leading to numerous employment opportunities within the field.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- Pharmaceutical research
- Drug development within the pharmaceutical industry
- Scientific writing and the media
- Regulatory affairs
- Pharmaceutical sales and marketing
I love how the practical sessions put the theory that is learnt in lectures into practice. This course has given me an excellent base to go into research after I have finished my degree.
Katrina Belavskis, Pharmacology student
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- UCAS Course Code:
- 1 year full time (top-up)
- 2017 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
- The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
240 HE credits from a BSc Pharmaceutical Science degree or similar. See full entry requirements
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250
2017/18 entry: full time: £14,400
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- School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
- Programme specification
Structure & Teaching
Each student will complete a laboratory based final year project in one of our world-class research laboratories. In addition, you will learn about how new medicines are developed and the different ways drugs can be formulated to enhance their pharmacological activity.
Core units include:
- Drug formulation and development
- Formulation and quality assurance of pharmaceuticals
- Protein modelling science
- Pharmaceutical science project
Teaching and Assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical laboratory work and guided reading. Our academic staff have expertise in clinical practice as well as research, and we provide a student-centred approach to teaching, with all units fully supported by online lecture and study materials.
How are you assessed?
On this course there is a balance of formal examinations and coursework. You will be expected to complete coursework throughout the year, whereas exams take place at the end of the academic year. Here’s how we assess you:
- written assignments
- oral and poster presentations
- group-based assessments
Dr Sassan Hafizi
The course offers excellent teaching and research facilities. One of the highlights of the course will undoubtedly be the pharmaceutical science project, where you will be able to use our well equipped laboratories to undertake a novel research project under the supervision of a dedicated research supervisor. In addition to this, you will also benefit from being exposed to theories and techniques at the forefront of pharmaceutical science.
Facilities & Features
Due to the significant practical element of the course, you’ll be spending a lot of your time in our pharmacology, chemistry and microbiology laboratories. Using our advanced labs, you will be exploring new techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of disease such as DNA-drug and drug-protein interactions, as well as investigating novel therapeutic targets and cell signalling. This is one of our strongest areas of research and you’ll benefit from high-quality facilities to match.
We have an outstanding array of microscopy facilities and excellent analytical instrumentation facilities in our labs, including:
- confocal, electron and fluorescence microscopes
- chemical synthesis facilities
- live cell imaging
- spectroscopy equipment
- chromatography instruments
- molecular modelling facilities
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
Other costs to consider
You will be issued with safety equipment and audience response handsets free of charge at the start of the programme (fees of £100 apply if not returned in good condition at the end of the course).
If you undertake optional Work-Based Learning units you will be required to pay for travel to and from placements. This will be in the region of £50.
Careers & Opportunities
As a pharmaceutical scientist you may be involved in developing new drugs and formulations to maximise their therapeutic effects. You may be involved with registering new products, ensuring that regulatory requirements are met or could move into medical sales and the development of marketing strategies. There are many routes you can pursue within the pharmaceutical field or specifically in the pharmaceutical industry. Alternatively, there’s also the option to continue with postgraduate study or academic research.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- pharmaceutical research
- drug development within the pharmaceutical industry
- scientific writing and the media
- regulatory affairs
- pharmaceutical sales and marketing
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.