Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Pharmaceutical Science

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

With placement

Course

Three year

Six year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2022

Introduction

In a nutshell

Medical breakthroughs such as the Human Genome Project have made it possible to identify the genes associated with many cancers and inherited disorders. With our BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science degree course, you can join the next generation of scientists applying new knowledge to create new treatments and interventions. 

Accredited, industry-focused learning

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, the course is perfect if you would like to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. With is combination research-focused learning and laboratory-based delivery, the course is recommended if you want a career in research, teaching and related professional fields such as animal health, food science, cosmetic science, in medical laboratories, technical sales, patent law and scientific journalism.

Discover cutting-edge science 

Pharmaceutical science is at the cutting-edge of research and is an exceptionally versatile scientific discipline with opportunities in the field continuing to grow and develop. 

You can learn more about studying pharmaceutical science, explore course modules and speak to the course team, by joining our next Open Day on campus. 

You will:
  • Have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through a placement year
  • Develop skills to meet the challenges created by the completion of the Human Genome Project
  • Apply scientific knowledge to design drugs that improve the quality of people's lives
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Society of Biology accreditation logo

This is for you if...

1.

You have a strong interest in how medicines work, are designed and manufactured

2.

You are highly skilled and motivated in biological and chemical sciences

3.

You want a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries

Course details

All about the course

 

Science students

BSc Pharmaceutical Science is delivered full-time over three years via a programme of practice-focused modules. An elective industry placement year is available between years two and three.  If you choose part-time study, you will follow two to four modules from each year of study, leading to a maximum six-year duration. The industry placement is not available for part-time students.

Aligned with industry best-practice, the course is carefully-designed to balance academic study with the application of professional laboratory skills and competencies, mirroring the skillset needed to succeed in the scientific community. 

  • During year one, you will be introduced to the basic concepts of pharmaceutical science through a range of theoretical and practical modules
  • As you progress to year two, you will broaden your focus, increasing knowledge depth and specialisation in genomics, drug discovery and pharmacology
  • In your final year, you will take further core and optional modules, and complete your degree with a supervised research project in a subject of your choice
Industry Placements

On this course, you will have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you'll be responsible for securing your placement, a tutor will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. If you successfully complete a placement year as part of your studies, your degree will attain  'Advanced Degree Accreditation' by the Royal Society of Biology.  

Recent Pharmaceutical Science students have been offered placements at Pfizer in Kent, the Transplant Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, and the Cancer Research UK Manchester institute. 

Year one

Genetics

Genetics has become a central topic not only in biological science, but also for topics such as data science, art and culture. Genetics is revolutionising all spheres of life at an unprecedented speed. It is central to all areas of biology, from cellular development and reproduction to conservation and biodiversity. In this core module, we will provide you with the framework of this diverse area, covering areas from DNA fingerprinting and DNA/RNA editing, to ethics and conservation biology. We will expose you to the latest research in the area of molecular genetics and provide the foundation for your future. 

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

The aim of this module is to introduce organic chemistry through structure and mechanism. You will study organic reactions of key functional groups such as alkenes, carbonyl and aromatic compounds.

Introductory Biochemistry

The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.

Cell Biology

This module provides a broad cell biology knowledge base, building a solid foundation of key scientific content relevant to subsequent modules within several bioscience degrees.

Biological Chemistry

This module will help you understand key concepts in biological chemistry, including spectroscopy and spectrometry techniques for identifying small organic molecules; chemical reactivity and molecular interactions; chromatography; and kinetics and thermodynamics.

Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills

This is a practical laboratory based module aiming to develop practical skills in the areas of biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences and general chemistry. The students will be involved in hands-on laboratory work covering a range of essential techniques used in academia and industry. Students will be given feedback on their work during the classes. 

Year two

Clinical and Molecular Genetics

Clinical and Molecular Genetics will enable students to gain practical skills in molecular biology and bioinformatics, through linked laboratory and computer sessions. The lecture programme is delivered by three academics, each an expert in their specific area of clinical and molecular genetics. Topics covered include, current molecular biology and bioinformatics techniques, the control of bacterial and eukaryotic gene expression and the effect of mutations on gene expression and how this can lead to human genetic diseases.

Chemical and Biochemical Research Skills

This module will help you develop your scientific writing and communication skills, and understand key statistical methods that may be applied to the chemical and biochemical sciences.

Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry

This module will provide students with the opportunity to critically evaluate and understand advanced concepts in drug discovery, practical methodologies in drug synthesis, and to use a range of primary and secondary information sources.

Pharmacology

This module aims to introduce you to the general properties of pharmacologically active ingredients and their effect upon the major organ systems. You will develop an understanding of techniques applicable to research and industry in the field of pharmacology.

Human Systems Physiology

Physiology is the science of life. During the Human Systems Physiology module, you will explore the function of each major organ system. You will discover the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlay this function, and how organ systems are integrated and regulated to maintain homeostasis, while allowing the human body to adapt to changing metabolic and environmental demands. Laboratory classes use cutting-edge equipment that allow you to see “physiology in action” and develop competence in the techniques used by physiologists to advance the field.  

Choose one of the following modules

Genomics and Proteomics

This module provides an appreciation of topics in biochemistry with an emphasis on genomics, proteomics, structural biology and their application in research and industry.

New

Educational Principles and Practice in STEM

The module will provide you with an introduction to teaching and learning at key stage 4 (level 2 GCSE qualifications) through the application of core educational concepts. You will design and deliver an educational activity for a laboratory, workshop or through an online interactive system. The module will provide a taster for students considering teaching as a career.

Year three

Applied Pharmacology

This module will enhance your understanding of pharmaceutical analysis and other aspects of drug development including pre-clinical and clinical trials.

Biochemistry of Drugs and Disease

This module will provide a contemporary overview of some important disease processes and associated drug intervention mechanisms.

Final Year Project and Professional Skills

This dissertation module allows you to develop independent research skills, including both data collection/generation (for example, via lab-based research or fieldwork) and analysis, while conducting research on a topic in an area relevant to your programme of study. You will also develop your professional skills, with a focus on employability. 

Choose one from

Biotechnology

This module will help you develop an understanding of molecular techniques underpinning the science associated with the societal grand challenges of feeding the world and antibiotic resistance, and introduce the principles and techniques of genetic modification. On completion you will be able to apply a range of research and presentation techniques to a choice of research projects.

Advances In Pathophysiology

This highly interactive optional final year module allows students to explore methods used in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of cardiovascular and respiratory (thoracic) diseases. Assessment of the module uses real case studies to enable students to develop both their analytical and critical narrative skills. Students will learn mechanisms of disease, how these relate to clinical outcomes, how patient care plans are developed, and the future approaches of thoracic medicine. Special features of the module include full CPET testing in the Health School human performance lab and the opportunity to visit to the North West Lung Centre to engage with clinical pulmonary testing.  

And choose one option from

Frontiers in Medicine Design

This module will introduce you to the latest technologies and techniques used in modern medicine design. A major component of the module will focus on computational techniques used in the drug development process and computer lab classes will provide you with the opportunity to use industry standard software. In addition, you will also learn about the latest developments in 'wet' laboratory techniques that are assisting in the development of treatments for conditions such as HIV and SARS-COV-2. 

Science and Industry

This module will help you develop an understanding of the fundamentals of sustainability and greenness, and recovery from a post-pandemic landscape featuring skills sets of biochemistry, chemistry, biomedical, pharmaceutical and personal health care, from the laboratory to gaining understanding of the workings of industry. The material issued as lecture notes and support guides will be all released pre-module and each lecture session will flip learning to workshop through the academic staff and invited industry speakers for real world experience.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

There are a variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are combined to fit with the intended learning outcomes and level of study, including:

  • Extended projects
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Group activities
  • Contributions from industrial partners and experts
  • Poster presentations
  • Lectures
  • Small group tutorials

ASSESSMENTS

Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination with coursework accounting for around 65% throughout the course. Assessment types include:

  • Research projects
  • Laboratory reports
  • Essays
  • Data analysis
  • Presentations
  • Literature reviews
  • Exams (both closed and open book)

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders. 

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.

facilities

 

You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 

As a pharmaceutical science student, you will have access to our state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose-built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

This course will provide you with specialist and transferable skills which are highly regarded by employers from different sectors, including Contract Research Organisations (CROs), small and large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The transferable skills you will develop can be applied in research, development, quality assurance, within the government, and assisting on legal cases.

This degree is ideal if you want a career in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries, as well as clinical or other biomedical areas, such as analytical biochemistry.  Recent course graduates have secured roles working with the NHS in hospitals and laboratories, at research institutes working on clinical trials, and on graduate schemes with large pharmaceutical companies.

FURTHER STUDY

You might find you want to learn more about science through further study. We offer a range of science-focused postgraduate courses where you can build specialist knowledge and take your subject interest even further. Salford graduates and alumni also receive a significant fees discount. 

MSc Drug Design and Discovery

MSc Biotechnology

MSc Biomedical Science

 

A taste of what you could become

an analytical chemist

a clinical research associate

a forensic scientist

a pharmacologist

a toxicologist

And more...

Career Links

Between years two and three, we encourage students to complete a placement year, which is arranged with our support. Recent Pharmaceutical Science students have been offered placements at Pfizer in Kent, the Transplant Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital and the Cancer Research UK Manchester institute. If you successfully complete a placement year as part of your studies, your degree will attain  'Advanced Degree Accreditation' by the Royal Society of Biology.  

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in how modern medicines work, from their initial design to final manufacture. You will be motivated to study biological and chemical sciences with an interest in developing advanced laboratory skills.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course, or the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree. 

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above. Equivalents are accepted.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

104 - 112 UCAS points

A level

104 - 112 UCAS points including Biology and Chemistry grade C.  A pass in the practical element of science A levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM in a suitable science subject, which must include chemistry. 

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Possible entry to year 3

Foundation Degree

Possible entry to year 3

Scottish Highers

104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Chemistry and Biology

Irish Leaving Certificate

104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Chemistry and Biology

International Baccalaureate

30 points including grade 4 in Higher Level Biology and Chemistry. 

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject

Access to HE

104 - 112 UCAS points from QAA-approved Science access course, must include Chemistry.

International Students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements. If you do not meet the entry requirements, you could take the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,600per year
Part-time 2021/22 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time home 2022/23 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15900per year
Part-time 2022/23 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Additional costs

All field trips are funded by the school but you may need to consider additional costs such as food and spending money. 

International field trips that are part of core modules are also funded by the school but you will need to pay towards international field trips that are part of optional modules (although these are subsidised by the school) and you will be made aware of these costs before selecting the module. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

International Student Scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships worth between £3,000-£5,000.

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

Apply now

All set? Let's apply

Enrolment dates

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID F151

Institution S03