This BSc (Hons) degree integrates the development of drug, cosmetic and hygiene products with emerging areas such as systems biology, pharmacogenetics and translational medicine – areas which directly address the needs of the UK pharmaceutical industry.
Drawing on the School of Life Sciences’ established strengths in biomedical research, the course starts by giving you a common core of chemical, biomedical and pharmaceutical knowledge. The emphasis then shifts to deeper study of areas such as medicinal chemistry; drug discovery; drug development; and pharmacology. You also explore business aspects of the pharmaceutical and associated industries, looking at how science has evolved to meet current industry demands.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
- Benefit from a degree that trains you in both the traditional areas of pharmaceutical research and new, emerging areas important for the future of the pharmaceutical industry
- Follow a career in a field that is one of the most research-led in the UK and includes pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, agrochemicals and veterinary medicine
- Gain a sought-after qualification in an area – such as systems pharmacology and medicinal chemistry – where a projected major skills gap has been identified
- Study a curriculum aligned to the areas of need identified by the British Pharmacological Society, including public health science and healthcare policy
- Gain valuable work experience through the School of Life Sciences’ strong links to the clinical and industrial sectors
- Take the course over four years and include a fee-free year in industry, gaining work experience, building your CV and making contacts for the future
- If you need to step up into higher education, start with a Foundation Year which guarantees a place on the degree course
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.
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