The MSci Pharmaceutical Science degree allows you to combine bachelors and masters-level modules into one integrated package, designed to provide you with extensive career opportunities as a scientist within the pharmaceutical industry. There is a strong emphasis on employability and industry engagement.
The first three years have a strong basis in the chemical and biological sciences which underpin the industry, with specialisms in Quality Control (QC), a major area of employment, and formulation science. Year four will allow further scope to study these specialisms, broadening and strengthening your employment prospects and providing a more unique graduate.
You will study for a PRINCE2 Foundation qualification in project management, which is valued by employers of pharmaceutical scientists. You will also conduct a major laboratory research project in a current area of pharmaceutical science, working in relation to industry where possible. Many of the higher level modules are delivered by experts in this field including QPs (Qualified Persons) who have extensive training in all aspects of pharmaceutical manufacturing and batch certification. You will also learn from a number of guest lecturers who work as pharmaceutical scientists with companies such as Glaxo Smith Kline and Penn Pharma and others within the South Wales Pharma Cluster.
In your first year, you can expect to undertake a number of modules that will cover all facets of fundamental chemistry to provide you with a strong grounding that will prove invaluable during the rest of your degree and working life. To begin to understand the biological action of drugs and their impact, you will also be introduced to fundamental human biology and biochemistry. All of these will be underpinned by a practical component, such that even from this early stage you will be gaining hands-on experience using equipment in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
The second and third years will continually challenge you to expand your theoretical knowledge and practical skills. In year 4, modules are taught through the block-mode approach, meaning study is more intensive, and is focussed upon one module at one time. This allows you to conduct longer, more involved research projects to gain greater exposure to complex and specialised techniques. The research project is usually undertaken in January.
Year One: MSci Pharmaceutical Science Degree
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry
- Your Skills, Your Future
- Microorganisms and the Dynamic Cell
- Biological Chemistry
Year Two: MSci Pharmaceutical Science Degree
- Synthetic Organic Chemistry
- Analytical Chemistry
- Heterocyclic Chemistry and Intro to Drug Design
- Bioinorganic Chemistry
- Metabolism and Biochemistry
Year Three: MSci Pharmaceutical Science Degree
- Advanced Organic Chemistry
- Advanced Analytical Chemistry
- Professional Practice, Employability and Project for Pharmaceutical Science
- Advanced Drug Design and an Introduction to Formulation Science
- Quality Control and Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry
- Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology
Year Four: MSci Pharmaceutical Science Degree
- Advanced Quality Control and Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry
- Advanced Formulation Science
- Advanced Separation Science
- Project Design, Management and Enterprise
- Pharmaceutical Science Research Project
You will be taught through a varied combination of modes including lectures, practicals, workshops, tutorials and e-learning. For those modules specific to the pharmaceutical industry you will be taught by experts and QPs currently working in or having had experience of the industry itself. We put an emphasis on gaining hands on, industry valued skills and you will find yourself taking practicals in groups as small as three students working alongside the lecturer.