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Preparing professionals for the global pharmaceutical workplace

Summary

Study Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The BSc (Hons) Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences degree is designed to equip professionals employed in the industry with the required knowledge and practical skills to excel and progress in the pharmaceutical industry. The degree will cover the fundamental sciences that underpin the synthesis, purification, analysis and efficacy determination of new drug candidates and their formulation into medicines. Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and professional experience to become experts in drug discovery and the design of medicines.

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About this course

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About

Students who have successfully passed the FdSc HLA Applied Industrial Sciences Level 5 programme, can progress onto the Level 6 BSc (Hons) Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences.

This course will be delivered over 2 years, with two semesters of study and 30 credits per semester each year.

In the first year, first semester, students will study Methodologies in Pharmacy Research, Pharmacology and Analytical Methodology. In the second semester, students will study Pharmaceutical Technology, and an optional 10-credit module, either Novel Cancer Treatments or Advanced Pharmaceutical Nanotechnologies.

In the second year, students will complete an industry-based Research Project in Pharmaceutical Science in first semester. In second semester students will study Drug Discovery and Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Science and they will complete a further optional 10-credit module, either Quality Processes and Control or Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

Attendance

Students will attend on a day-release basis, with lecture material being delivered primarily online, supported by some face-to-face tutorial sessions and practical classes. Online learning and support is provided through the use of Blackboard.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year three

Analytical Methodology

Year: 3

This module will introduce advances in modern bioanalytical technologies applied to the analysis of molecules relevant to pharmaceutical biosciences particularly focusing on chromatography and mass spectrometry.

Methodologies in Pharmacy Research

Year: 3

This module provides experience in research philosophy, planning, methodology, and reporting by relevant literature surveys, generation, evaluation and integration of original data.

Pharmacology

Year: 3

This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of pharmacology; how drugs act, where they act, how they reach the site of action, how drug actions are terminated, and how such knowledge can be applied to achieve drug selectivity.

Pharmaceutical Technology

Year: 3

This module provides an understanding of the principles and procedures of the industrial manufacturing of pharmaceutical products. Furthermore, it provides in-depth knowledge of drug delivery systems currently used and relevant knowledge and skills to apply basic physicochemical principles and preformulation information to the design and production of stable pharmaceutical dosage forms.

Novel Cancer Treatment

Year: 3

This module is optional

The study of this module will develop the students' skills and ability to consider all of the issues relating to the development of a novel drug or formulation from early laboratory testing, through animal studies, human trials and the implementation of a licensed drug as a routine treatment.

Advanced Pharmaceutical Nanotechnologies

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an introduction to the understanding of the formulation, characterisation, evaluation and application of novel pharmaceutical delivery systems based on nanotechnology.

Year four

Drug Discovery & Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Year: 4

This module provides a thorough understanding of the scientific principles of how medicines are developed, manufactured, and brought to the market place through the process of discovery, development and approval of drugs.

Research Project in Pharmaceutical Science

Year: 4

This module provides experience in research philosophy, planning and methodology by relevant literature survey, and generation and evaluation of original data.

Immunology and Molecular Biology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module develops an understanding and expertise in the fundamentals of immunology and infectious diseases and molecular biology techniques and concepts in genomics, pharmacogenomics, proteomics and gene screening, diagnosis and therapy.

Quality Processes and Control

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides an understanding of the quality assurance principles and procedures required for the manufacture of pharmaceutical products and the bodies responsible for ensuring their implementation.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

School leavers cannot apply for this course.

English Language Requirements

The minimum English Language requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Students who have successfully passed the FdSc HLA Applied Industrial Sciences Level 5 programme, can progress onto the Level 6 BSc (Hons) Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The aim of the BSc (Hons) Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences degree is to provide a course that equips students with the required knowledge and practical skills to work in the pharmaceutical industry. This programme is designed to make students employable within the Pharmaceutical and related industries and to enhance career prospects if already employed within these industries. Students will aquire a broad range of knowledge and skills across the pharmaceutical sciences and this will increase career prospects in areas from drug discovery, drug formulations, manufacturing, marketing, patenting and licencing and analytical testing.

Opportunities also exist outside the pharmaceutical and biotech industry including health and consumer product industries, cosmetics, the food industry, education, marketing and the media.

Graduates should be well prepared for postgraduate study and would be eligible to progress to further studies, e.g. Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Apply

Apply online at https://srssb.ulster.ac.uk/PROD/bwskalog.P_DispChoices

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Contact

Dr Kathryn Burnett

School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Room Y144
Coleraine campus

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3283
E: k.burnett@ulster.ac.uk