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University of Huddersfield

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

UCAS Code: B203
Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy
Student score
85% MED
% employed or in further study
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£18.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

including a 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.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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.

UCAS tariff points

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in Chemistry at A Level.

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


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


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

Our Pharmaceutical Chemistry MSci degree gives you the chance to explore all the fundamentals of organic chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology while developing a specialism in pharmaceutics. Where this course differs from the Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc(Hons) degree is that the third year of the MSci is a compulsory UK placement year in industry, a government agency or academic research group. We’ll support you to find a place that’s right for you and wherever you choose to go, you’ll complete academic assignments alongside your work experience. From day one you’ll be building up your knowledge and getting to practise the skills that are sought after by a wide range of industries. Throughout the course you’ll get to grips with the subject areas through lectures, tutorials, focused seminars and hands-on practicals in modern chemical sciences labs. Guided by teaching staff who are all educated to doctoral level in their respective areas of expertise, you’ll be able to develop your logical reasoning skills and establish an imaginative approach to solving problems. All of these aspects of the course are designed to help build your confidence in applying your knowledge and help you enter the world of work when you graduate.


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; 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; Chemical Therapeutics; Analytical Science 3; Molecular Targets and Drug Design. Option modules: choose one of the following modules: Pharmaceutics 3; Organic Chemistry 3; Analytical Science 4.

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

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 87%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
17% 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 £18.5k MED
Graduates who are health professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


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 a degree that tends to lead to jobs in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and outcomes are improving again after a difficult time in the last few years. 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, unemployment rates are below 1% and 95% of pharmacy graduates had jobs as pharmacists (mostly in retail pharmacists) six months after they left their courses - employment rates have gone up significantly in the last couple of years.
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