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  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code 8F15
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award HND
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • 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. This course aims to produce high quality pharmaceutical science diplomates 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 you in the development of intellectual and key interpersonal skills as well as subject knowledge that will equip you 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?



The emphasis throughout the course will be on the applied nature of the study of the pharmaceutical sciences in terms of how fundamental knowledge can be applied to tangible vocational situations and problems, together with the acquisition of practical and generic skills.

The intention of this approach will be to prepare students for their chosen career in any of the varied career options made available.
To achieve this the award is structured to enable challenges to apply information effectively, to work in teams, to gain actual industrial experience, to learn from the experiences of professionals, to acquire technical competence and to develop generic and time management skills.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths



The pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors are currently growth areas in the UK and successful study in pharmaceutical science will open up a range of careers in biochemical, medical, pharmaceutical, chemical and related areas. Specifically, graduates are likely to find employment in research and development in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors. Other career outlets are possible and include work in hospital laboratories, forensic science, drug analysis, pharmaceutical marketing and sales, medical writing and teaching.

HND qualifications are widely recognised in the scientific establishment as vocational courses which prepare students for vocational employment. As such, the skills provided in the course will provide opportunities in the technical disciplines at technician level.

This course is designed to articulate and progress seamlessly to the appropriate BSc (Hons) degree.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!



Study in our state of the art Rosalind Franklin Science Building 




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

  1. Apply a range of practical skills to the investigation of pharmaceutical compounds and understand their effects on the human body.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate practical outcomes in pharmaceutical science
  3. Discuss and interpret modern concepts of disease

Discuss and evaluate appropriate methodologies for the manufacture of pharmaceutical processes.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £8600 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 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

2020 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)


  • 32 UCAS Points
  • EE from A Levels or equivalent to include Chemistry.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 60 credits, 45 Level 3 credits of which 18 must be in Science and achieved with a minimum pass
  • BTEC QCF Level 3 Diploma Applied Science with minimum PP.
  • 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 for further information.

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

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 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 website to find out more.


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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