Why study this course?
Our Pharmaceutical Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) is a four-year degree that provides the ideal start if you wish to pursue a career in pharmaceutical science, but don’t have the necessary entry requirements to study a three-year course in pharmaceutical science. This degree will help you make a difference to people lives though the development of new drugs for treating disease and with its built-in foundation year you’ll learn the key principles of pharmacology that will help you to progress through the rest of your course.
Our undergraduate Pharmaceutical Science degree course is also accredited by The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Our pharmaceutical science courses saw great success in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2021, receiving satisfaction scores of 90% for learning opportunities, 90% for academic support and 97% for organisation and management.
More about this course
The foundation year of our Pharmaceutical Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree will focus on a combination of biology and chemistry needed to examine the design of drugs. You’ll learn about the organic chemistry of molecules, basic cell structures and the underlying concepts that drive chemical reactions. The knowledge you’ll gain in the foundation year will fully equip you for the rest of this four-year course.
You’ll learn from and be supported by our committed tutors who are experts in the field of pharmaceutical science and who will help you develop your academic competencies and confidence.
As a student on this course you’ll have access to our £30 million Science Centre. Our Superlab is one of the largest and most advanced teaching facilities in Europe, housing over 280 workstations with specialist professional equipment.
Should you wish to change your chosen specialism after your foundation year there will be some flexibility to do so.
You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.
Throughout the course you’ll be assessed through a range of progress tests, online tests, practical reposts, coursework and presentations.
On graduation, you’ll be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).
Where this course can take you
Graduating from this degree will enable you to enter many scientific professions. You could find work in clinical research, medical chemistry, biomedical science, analytical chemistry, immunology and pharmacology.
Some of our graduates from this course have found employment as companies like BMS Healthcare, the National Health Service (NHS) and Quintiles.
Many have also gone on to roles that aren’t related to science such as financial services and marketing.
You could also pursue postgraduate study to open your career options up even further.
What is a degree with foundation year?
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It’s the perfect route into university if you can’t meet the necessary entry requirements or don’t have the traditional qualifications required to start a standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.