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School of Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Science

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

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.

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.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B230
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020, 18 January 2021, 20 September 2021
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Pharmacy

Why choose this course?

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.

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 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

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

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD to include Chemistry at grade C
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma in Applied Science - grades MMM 
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit to include Maths, Chemistry and Biology

 

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Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

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 at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

English language requirements also apply

Royal Society of Biology

"Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol)."

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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