This exciting extended degree focuses on the fascinating study of pharmaceutical science and reveals how different drugs affect the human body. Incorporating an in-depth foundation year, this four-year programme is perfect if you don't have the qualifications required for entry on to a traditional pharmaceutical science degree.
On this unique multi-discipline degree you’ll study the science behind the design and development of new medications. By focusing on the study of lead compounds and the different criteria that affect a drug’s action in the body, you’ll also learn how side effects can be minimised and avoided through targeted treatment.
Created especially for students without standard qualifications, this four-year extended degree incorporates a one-year foundation year (Year 0), designed to equip you with all the background information and academic knowledge you need to progress on to our Pharmaceutical Studies BSc (Hons) course.
For the remainder of the degree, you'll study a diverse range of topics, from drug design to organic chemistry. Taught by experienced lecturers and experts in the field, you'll also undertake practical, hands-on experiments in our cutting-edge Science Centre, helping you gain the knowledge and lab skills you need for a rewarding career in pharmaceutical science. This degree will also give you the qualifications you need to enter a range of other fields or extend your knowledge through to a PhD.
You’ll be assessed through progress tests, coursework, online tests, practical reports and presentations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Other applicants may have Level 3 qualifications such as A level, BTEC Extended Diploma or Access to Higher Education qualifications with high UCAS points and grades, but not in the relevant subject areas (biology and chemistry), which are required to study BSc programmes in the School of Human Sciences.
Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 4 from 2017) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
This module introduces students to key biochemical concepts to provide a foundation for subsequent study in the Applied Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular & Pharmaceutical Science subject areas at Level 4.
The aim of this module is to give students the necessary background to appreciate the structure and function of the key molecules that cells are made of such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. An introduction to the principles of cellular energetics and metabolism will be given, and the maintenance of biological pH buffering systems will be discussed. This will provide suitable grounding for the study of life science subjects at level 4
This module introduces students to key concepts of cell biology and human physiology to provide a foundation for subsequent study of biological subjects at Level 4. The key aims and objectives of this module are to enable students to achieve a fundamental knowledge base of biology which will underpin studies at higher levels. An introduction will be given to the structure of cells and the concept of the cell as the basic unit of life. A range of cell types will be discussed. Following an appreciation of the role of cells in the structure and function of tissues and organs, students will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of key organ systems in the body.
This module will be introducing important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow students to study scientific subjects at level 4. The module aims to develop students’ understanding of fundamental concepts key to subjects involving the molecular sciences. In addition, skills adjunct to the chemical sciences including numeracy, logical argument, research, referencing and the utilisation of abstract models will be developed.
This module will introduce (i) the basic mathematical concepts needed to succeed on any science degree course; (ii) basic laboratory techniques related to life science modules, designed to support and re-inforce theoretical syllabus content; (iii) study skills to prepare students for future studies. The practical section will reinforce safe practice in the laboratory environment and introduce laboratory record keeping. The mathematics section will be taught using equations relevant to biology and chemistry to encourage connections between disciplines to be made. Supporting material will be available on-line; tutorial sessions will focus on practising mathematical techniques. Formative online pre-laboratory session questions will prepare the students in advance for the practical in question. Formative exercises in the form of mini tests will be carried out during tutorial sessions to reinforce the previous lecture.
In terms of aims, this module will enable students to consolidate their understanding of mathematics, and to increase confidence by extending their use of mathematical vocabulary, definitions and formal reasoning. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and chemical procedures. Particular attention will be drawn to developing study skills, and to broadening students’ transferable skills in time management, writing and studying skills, enabling them to derive maximum benefit from their proposed courses of study. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and biochemical procedures relevant to any science degree.
Your initial foundation year – Year 0 (Level 3) – is designed to give you a solid understanding of the key disciplines required for pharmaceutical studies. During the year, you’ll study core modules in a range of subjects including biology and chemistry, building the skills and experience required to successfully progress on to the three-year Pharmaceutical Studies BSc (Hons).
Having successfully completed Year 0, you’ll progress to Year 1 (Level 4), where you’ll study a wide range of subjects, from physical, inorganic and organic chemistry to biological studies. In Year 2 (Level 5) you’ll deepen your knowledge with the study of organic and analytical chemistry as well as fundamental pharmacology and its influence on drug design and delivery. In Year 3 (Level 6), your final year, you’ll study pharmaceutical formulation and the different uses for natural and synthetic materials. You’ll also develop your skills through an exciting laboratory-based project.
In Year 0 (Level 3) you’ll study the following core modules:
Modules at Levels 4, 5 and 6 can be found on the Pharmaceutical Science BSc (Hons) course page.
A degree in pharmaceutical science will give you the skills and qualifications needed for a wide range of roles throughout the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Potential career paths include chemical engineering, analytical chemistry, clinical research management and data sciences management. You could also become involved in clinical trial supplies or clinical research project management. Many graduates also go on to postgraduate study.
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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