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Bioscience graduate boost from industry courses

Thursday 21 March 2019

GRADUATES from a trio of science courses linked to industry at the University of Salford are about to get some extra bang for their buck!

Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Science degrees have been awarded ‘Advanced Degree Accreditation’ by the Royal Society of Biology – the leading professional body in the UK.

The Society award recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.

It has been awarded to the courses:

-          BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Professional Studies

-          BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with studies in the USA incl Professional Studies

-          BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science with Professional Studies

The Professional Studies element basically refers to the third year of these four-year courses, which is spent in industry on a placement.

Graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

Chartered scientist status

In recognition of the period of practice, a graduate of an Advanced Accredited programme can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Member (MRSB) level after just two years of practice, rather than the usual three years.

This will allow these graduates to attain the qualifications of Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist one year sooner than graduates from other degree programmes.

David Pye, reader in biochemistry at the University of Salford said: “This is excellent news for our students and builds on our RSB accreditation for all 14 bioscience degree courses which we achieved in January 2018."

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Gareth Hollyman, Senior Press & PR Officer (Science)

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