Pharmaceutical Science (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Pharmaceutical Science Top up
Do you see yourself developing new drugs? Or selling medicines to GPs and hospitals?
Whichever area of the pharmaceutical industry you want to work in, you can get there when you top up your existing qualifications to a Bachelor's degree on this BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science course.
On this practical course, you'll have access to more than 30 laboratories. You'll choose the specialist areas that match your interests and career ambitions and have the option to join one of our internationally recognised research groups to develop your vocational skills.
After the course, you'll be ready to start a career in areas such as pharmaceutical research, drug development, scientific writing and pharmaceutical sales and marketing.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Top up your existing qualifications to a Bachelor's degree
- Complete a laboratory-based major year project in our world-class research laboratories
- Be able to join one of our internationally-recognised research groups
- Cover core Pharmaceutical Science topics including bioactives, drug formulation and development and protein modelling science
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
What can you do with a Pharmaceutical Science (Top-Up) degree?
Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:
- pharmaceutical research
- drug development within the pharmaceutical industry
- scientific writing and the media
- regulatory affairs
- pharmaceutical sales and marketing
Other graduates have continued their studies at PhD or Master's level.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science (Top-Up) degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Core modules include:
- Cellular & Molecular Drug Targets
- Drug Formulation and Development
- Formulation and Quality Assurance of Pharmaceuticals
- Pharmaceutical Science Project
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience and research opportunities during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical laboratory work
- guided reading
All of the modules on this course are fully supported by online lecture and study materials.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written assignments
- oral and poster presentations
- group-based assessments
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science (Top-Up) degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 240 HE credits from a BSc Pharmaceutical Science degree or similar.
English language requirements
- English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Tuition fees (2020 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £16,400 (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
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.
You’ll get free safety equipment at the start of the course. However, you may have to pay a small amount to replace lost or damaged equipment.
If you take optional work-based learning units, you’ll need to pay for travel to and from placements, which normally costs around £50.
How to apply
To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – BB22
- our institution code – P80
If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.