Pharmaceutical science combines a broad range of biology and chemistry disciplines that are critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies. The course covers the development from discovery through to the formulation of medicines.
In Year 1, you’ll gain fundamental knowledge in chemistry and biology. In Years 2 and 3, you’re introduced to pharmaceutical-focused modules. You’ll also be introduced to the technical, regulatory and management aspects of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. Year 3 includes a work placement of 6-8 months, as part of the Student Industrial Placement Programme (SIPP). Many graduates have been employed on graduation by the company with which they completed their SIPP placement. Year 4 includes modules such as Bioprocess Technology, Drug Synthesis, Advanced Statistics and Biopharma and Cell Technology.
The course work is almost equally divided between practical laboratory and lecture classes. On graduation, you’ll be equipped to enter the pharma or biopharma industries.
- Senior Process Technologist
- Regulatory Compliance Supervisor
- Process Development Lead
- Lead Environmental Monitor Officer
- Manufacturing Manager
- Technical Sales Manager
Principles of Biochemistry
Lab Skills III (Pharma Science)
API Process and Spectroscopy
Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
Lab Skills IV (Pharma Science)
Organic Chemistry 3
Good Manufacturing Practice and Quality Systems
Lab Skills V (Pharma Science)
Group Elective 1Student Industrial Placement
Continued Academic Development
Group Elective 2Analytical Techniques 2
DNA Analysis I
Laboratory Skills 6
Sci Comm and Student Proj 1
Integrated Laboratory Techniques
I really enjoyed my time working with the friendly and supportive staff, many of whom had previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Working in the pharmaceutical pilot plant on campus to complete my final-year project was a memorable experience and stood to me in industry. My work placement highlighted what I was to expect after graduating from the course and the relevance of the modules I studied.