Developed by a pharmaceutical and cosmetic team, this degree course provides an understanding of the chemistry and formulation (creating and making) the designing the products of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, through to manufacture.
Our research-active academics have experience in the fields of pharmaceutics, engineering, cosmetics, chemistry, pharmacology and microbiology. Their strong collaborations with the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries mean that this curriculum is continuously reviewed to ensure we’re equipping our students with the advanced skills sought by graduate employers.
On this course, you’ll cover compounding, formulation chemistry, pharmaceutical processes and technologies, microbiology, professional and quantitative science skills, cell biology and chemistry, pharmaceutical formulation, pharmacology, chemical analysis, quality and stability, cosmetic science and products, and pharmaceutical product development and manufacture.
- Renowned for our academic expertise, development training and world-leading research, we offer more than 100 years of teaching experience in the Leicester School of Pharmacy.
- This is a specialist course in the UK and DMU is one of only a handful of universities nationally which combines pharmaceutics with a cosmetics element.
- Benefit from placement opportunities within global organisations like Unilever, where you’ll apply your theoretical knowledge to real-world situations.
- Our investment in dedicated pharmaceutical laboratories and industry-standard equipment offers you invaluable opportunities to develop your practical and professional skills.
- Students have gained international experience through our DMU Global programme, which has previously organised a visit to a Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturing company and to Amsterdam where students learnt about the development of hashish based manufactured drugs.
- Our graduates have secured roles ranging from pharmaceutical scientists and product development scientists, to quality control managers in internationally recognised companies including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Boots.
Structure and assessment
In the first year, you will study modules providing a scientific background. Formulation, through a comprehensive course in compounding, and process technology are also introduced.
- Formulation Chemistry (Physical Analytical and Organic)
- Pharmaceutical Processes and Technologies
- Basic Microbiology
- Professional and Quantitative Science Skills
- Cell Biology and Biochemistry
The second year provides an emphasis on integrated work in analytical chemistry, product development and formulation, applied pharmacology, applied microbiology, process technology and quality issues.
- Pharmaceutical Formulation
- Chemical Analysis, Quality and Stability
- Cosmetic Products
- Pharmaceutical Microbiology
- Product Development
- Applied Pharmacology
- Industrial Placement Year (Optional)
- Quality Assurance and Quality by Design Principles
- Development and Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products
- Cosmetic Science
- Pharmaceutical Materials Science
- Elective Modules
Teaching and assessments
The diversity of academic and research expertise will provide you with high quality and innovative teaching. Expertise and current projects include:
- Novel techniques in dry blood spot analysis
- The development of a skin cancer detection tool
- Development of an artificial pancreas
Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, with approximately 15 hours of face-to-face contact time each week.
You will also be expected to achieve approximately 17 hours of self-directed study.
Assessment methods include:
- Unseen exams
- Computer-based assessments
- Practical reports
Teaching contact hours
Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have 15 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:
Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 1 hour of tutorials (7 in final year), or later, project supervision each week
Medium group teaching: approx. 5 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Large group teaching: approx. 9 hours of lectures each week
Personal study: approx. 17 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.
Health and Life Sciences
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
We encourage you to take an optional industrial placement year following your second year. Placement opportunities are competitive but our placement unit is dedicated to placing you with a suitable company.
Placements offer enhanced employment opportunities with leading companies, including Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca as well as medium and smaller pharmaceutical and cosmetic businesses.
The experience that placements provide is highly sought after by employers, and in some instances students return to where they worked on placement upon successful completion of the course.
Our graduates are employed in a wide range of careers, such as Pharmaceutical Scientists, Product Development Scientists, Laboratory Technicians, Quality Control Managers, and are employed by international companies like 3M, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Pfizer, Catalent and Boots.
You may also choose to progress onto one of our postgraduate courses such as:
- Pharmaceutical Biotechnology MSc
- Pharmaceutical Quality by Design MSc
- Advanced Biomedical Science MSc
98.4% of all Health and Life Sciences postgraduates are in employment or further study within six months of completing their course, and earning an average salary of more than £42,398
International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.
Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.
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