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University of Huddersfield

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

UCAS Code: B203
MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy
Student score
80% MED
% employed or in further study
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

BBB at A Level including a minimum grade B in Chemistry. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. Chemistry at grade B.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Chemistry.

BTEC Diploma
MDD

in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care/Medicinal Science is acceptable but must be accompanied by an A Level in Chemistry at a minimum grade C (the endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course).

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care/Medicinal Science is acceptable but must be accompanied by an A Level in Chemistry at a minimum grade C (the endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course).

International Baccalaureate
31

with a score of 5 or higher in Chemistry.

UCAS tariff points
120

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This course is designed for those aiming for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. It offers you the opportunity to develop your logical reasoning and establish an imaginative approach to solving problems. Pharmaceutical chemistry covers the fundamental aspects of organic chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology. It provides the knowledge base and skills required to understand the complexities of drug action and drug design, including new drugs such as anti-cancer and anti-viral agents. This undergraduate Master's degree provides you with the opportunity to gain academic knowledge combined with real-world experience gained from a placement in the third year of your course. This could also help you to gain relevant real-world experience and enhance your future employment prospects. Our teaching staff are educated to doctoral level in their respective subject areas. You'll also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using scientific instrumentation in our modern chemical sciences labs.

Modules

Year 1 Core modules: analytical science 1; organic chemistry 1; physical chemistry a; pharmaceutics 1; biochemistry 1; physiology 1: structure and function. Year 2 Core modules: organic chemistry 2; analytical science 2; microbiology for the pharmaceutical industry (previously called pharmaceutical microbiology); pharmaceutics 2; medical pharmacology; biochemistry 2. Year 3 Core modules: laboratory techniques; investigative project and drug degradation; business aspects of science; scientific communication. Final year Core modules: research project; pharmaceutics 3; chemical therapeutics; analytical science 3; molecular targets and drug design.

University of Huddersfield

The campus at sunset

The University of Huddersfield was named Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2013, an award supported by outstanding support for students at all levels. The university is in the top ten in the UK for graduate employability and teaching excellence and the number one mainstream university in England for assessment and feedback. Combine this with our record for supporting work placements and student enterprise and you will find there is a lot more to Huddersfield than meets the eye.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
32%
68%

Year 1

32%
68%

Year 2

10%
24%
66%

Year 3

33%
34%
33%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
48%
28%
24%

Year 1

62%
18%
20%

Year 2

24%
76%

Year 3

25%
60%
15%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 80% MED
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

84%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

64%

Feedback on work has been prompt

80%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

78%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
70% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
34% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
336 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
73% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% MED
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are health professionals

89%

Graduates who are health associate professionals

2%

Graduates who are nursing and midwifery professionals

2%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
As only a relatively small number of students study pharmacology or toxicology, these statistics refer most closely to the graduate prospects of pharmacy graduates, so bear that in mind when you review them. Only a handful of students take first degrees in pure toxicology every year – the subject is more popular at Masters level. Pharmacology is in demand with the pharmaceutical and medical industries alike and there are some worries about whether the UK is producing enough graduates, though of late, unemployment rates have actually been a little high. Jobs in pharmacology are often very specialist and so it’s no surprise that pharmacologists are amongst the most likely of all students to go on to a doctorate – if you want a job in research, start thinking about a PhD. As for pharmacy, although there have been some concerns expressed about whether opportunities have kept pace with a subject that has rapidly increased in popularity, unemployment rates are ultra-low and over 95% of working pharmacy graduates had jobs as pharmacists (mostly as retail pharmacists) six months after they left their courses; telling you that these are degrees in demand.
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