School of Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Science

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B230
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Pharmacy

Why choose this course?

 

 

The overarching course related aim:

Pharmaceutical Science is a relatively new discipline and is concerned with fostering a multi-disciplinary approach towards the study of exciting new developments in the chemical, biological and biomedical science areas focusing upon the biochemistry, pharmacology, design, methods of analysis and delivery of pharmaceutical substances. The course aims to produce high quality pharmaceutical science graduates with the generic, subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills suited to a career in the pharmaceutical industry or other related laboratory based scientific discipline.

The Course aims to:

To support students in the development of intellectual and key interpersonal skills as well as subject knowledge that will equip them for life-long learning.

To develop a knowledge of the physico-chemical and biological principles necessary to understand the sourcing, preparation, analysis and properties of medicinal agents. This will include the design, delivery, mode of action, therapeutic application and clinical usage of medicines.

To encourage the development of practical and problem solving skills, research methods and the techniques and processes necessary for the evaluation, critical appraisal and systematic review of pharmaceutical science.

Watch our video featuring Pharmaceutical Science staff and students.

Pharmaceutical Science VIdeo

What happens on the course?

 

 

Year 1 covers key topics such as infection and immunity, physicochemical science and pharmaceutical chemistry. It considers human health, physiology, and disease prevention and treatment. It looks at the molecular basis of disease and introduces you to a diversity of microorganisms, including bacteria, algae, protozoa, fungi and the viruses. In addition, you will begin the process of developing your transferable skills.

Year 2 explores basic principles of drug development and considers practical applications of biochemistry and pharmacology. It looks at the role of pathogens and metabolic processes in the development of disease and identifies targets for drugs in the search for therapeutic agents.  It also examines the relationship between protein structure and function and investigates spectroscopic methods of analysis as tools in drug design and development.

Students are encouraged to undertake an industrial placement in the third year. Students can also progress directly to the final year which covers the principles of drug design and development that can achieve a therapeutic effect with minimal adverse reaction. It explores the diversity and complexity of membrane structure and function, looks at laboratory management and gives you the chance to undertake a research project of your choice.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

 

 

Career opportunities exist with a wide range of organisations many of whom employ pharmaceutical scientists in both in the UK and further afield:

  • Drug companies need pharmaceutical scientists to evaluate new drugs and contribute to the development of new products.
  • Smaller chemical companies that make intermediates for the drug industry sometimes employ graduates with the necessary analytical skills and understanding of the drug development process.
  • Sales teams for the major Pharma companies employ graduates to advise customers on the more technical aspects of their products.
  • Opportunities exist in areas outside of the pharmaceutical industry, for example in science teaching and professions such as accountancy.
  • Many graduates go on to research-focused careers and study at universities and research institutes.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

 

 

Pharmaceutical science is well established at Wolverhampton and benefits from a long tradition of teaching and research in the chemical and biological sciences. This course gives students an excellent opportunity to study core science as well as the modern developments that are occurring at the boundaries between biology, chemistry and clinical practice.

The course has its own distinct identity, but also draws on expertise from other successful areas within the University, especially Pharmacy and Pharmacology. An increasing amount of course material is delivered electronically at a time that best suits the indivudual student, but more traditional teaching methods, in particular laboratory-based work, play a key part.

Students are encouraged to consider an industrial placement in their third year.  

 

 

 

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

1. Apply a range of graduate skills to investigation in pharmaceutical science

2. Design, implement and critically evaluate research in pharmaceutical science

3. Critically evaluate modern concepts of disease and the contribution of new technologies to the treatment of disease

4. Design and implement appropriate strategies for the manufacture and quality control of pharmaceutical dosage forms

 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

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# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2019 Entry

  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C+4 or an accepted equivalent.

Accepted equivalent qualifications: Functional Skills Level 2 and OCN Access to HE Core (12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in English or Maths)

PLUS EITHER

  • A-Level minimum BB or CDD to include Chemistry at grade C
  • Access to HE with 60 credits, 45 level 3 credits, of which 18 will be passed with minimum Merit and include Maths, Chemistry and Biology.
  • BTEC QCF Level 3 Extended Diploma Applied Science with minimum MMP.
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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