This course builds on the Schools established strengths in biomedicine research and complements a number of other courses within the school. The course includes a common core of chemical and biomedical topics and provides a curriculum aligned to the areas identified by the British Pharmacological Society including Public Health Science and Healthcare Policy aspects.
The School has strong links to external stakeholders in both clinical and industrial sectors and can provide you with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
The Pharmaceutical industry, and associated industries such as Cosmetics, Agrochemicals and Veterinary Medicine, is one of the most research led sectors in the UK. Over the next 10 years it is expected that there will be a significant shortfall in suitably qualified entrants to this industry as it attempts to maintain its current level of growth. In a number of areas such as Systems Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry a projected major skills gap has been identified. In this course we shall provide appropriate training in both the traditional topics associated with pharmaceutical research in addition to those that are required to for the future of the Pharmaceutical Industry.
In addition to developing your specialist knowledge and understanding, there is a pervasive emphasis on developing your approach and attitude to work by emphasising and encouraging the professional standards expected by employers. You will be exposed to guest lectures delivered by professionals from relevant industries, giving students an insight into what work in such employment involves.
The University also has a programme of seminars and workshops designed to help you recognise and boost the attributes expected and appreciated by employers. This is supplemented by course specific workplace visits as opportunities arise.
The University also has an optional programme of internal and external internships that provide excellent opportunities to gain additional work experience. The non-course specific nature of such internships provides an opportunity for selected students to broaden their perspective of employment.
Students who register for the degree with professional practice year will additionally attend a series of workshops and activities related to securing a suitable placement and compulsory briefings at the end of year 2 to ensure that all legal requirements for health and safety, safeguarding etc. training have been met, This will be explained more fully in your professional practice handbook once you have registered with the Careers and Employability Services Student Development and Awards Team in your first year. If you will be working with children and/or vulnerable people you will be required to have a DBS check and undertake Safeguarding and Prevent training.