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University of South Wales

Pharmaceutical Science

UCAS Code: F152

Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Chemistry and normally one other science required. General Studies is not accepted. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

Access to HE Diploma

D:18,M:24,P:3

Access must be in a relevant subject and include Chemistry modules.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

A*-C

We accept the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma in lieu of a third subject. The grade range for the Skills Challenge Certificate is the range within which the University will normally make offers. The grade will reflect what you would have been asked for from a third A Level. Please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

BTEC must be in a relevant subject and include Chemistry modules.

UCAS Tariff

112

Chemistry and normally one other science required. General Studies is not accepted. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable.

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Pharmaceutical chemistry

The MSci Pharmaceutical Science degree allows you to combine bachelors and masters-level modules into one integrated package, designed to provide you with extensive career opportunities as a scientist within the pharmaceutical industry. There is a strong emphasis on employability and industry engagement. The first three years have a strong basis in the chemical and biological sciences which underpin the industry, with specialisms in Quality Control (QC), a major area of employment, and formulation science. Year four will allow further scope to study these specialisms, broadening and strengthening your employment prospects and providing a more unique graduate.

You will study for a PRINCE2 Foundation qualification in project management, which is valued by employers of pharmaceutical scientists. You will also conduct a major laboratory research project in a current area of pharmaceutical science, working in relation to industry where possible. Many of the higher level modules are delivered by experts in this field including QPs (Qualified Persons) who have extensive training in all aspects of pharmaceutical manufacturing and batch certification. You will also learn from a number of guest lecturers who work as pharmaceutical scientists with companies such as Glaxo Smith Kline and Penn Pharma and others within the South Wales Pharma Cluster.

Modules

In your first year, you can expect to undertake a number of modules that will cover all facets of fundamental chemistry to provide you with a strong grounding that will prove invaluable during the rest of your degree and working life. To begin to understand the biological action of drugs and their impact, you will also be introduced to fundamental human biology and biochemistry. All of these will be underpinned by a practical component, such that even from this early stage you will be gaining hands-on experience using equipment in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

The second and third years will continually challenge you to expand your theoretical knowledge and practical skills. In year 4, modules are taught through the block-mode approach, meaning study is more intensive, and is focussed upon one module at one time. This allows you to conduct longer, more involved research projects to gain greater exposure to complex and specialised techniques. The research project is usually undertaken in January.

Year One: MSci Pharmaceutical Science Degree
Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry
Key Skills for Chemical and Forensic Scientists
Mathematics Workshop for Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Microorganisms and the Dynamic Cell
Biological Chemistry
Year Two: MSci Pharmaceutical Science Degree
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Spectroscopy
Analytical Chemistry
Heterocyclic Chemistry and Intro to Drug Design
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Metabolism and Biochemistry
Year Three: MSci Pharmaceutical Science Degree
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Professional Practice, Employability and Project for Pharmaceutical Science
Advanced Drug Design and an Introduction to Formulation Science
Quality Control and Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology
Year Four: MSci Pharmaceutical Science Degree
Advanced Quality Control and Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Advanced Formulation Science
Advanced Separation Science
Project Design, Management and Enterprise
Pharmaceutical Science Research Project

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£12,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Pontypridd

Department:

Applied Sciences

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Teaching and learning

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Staff make the subject interesting
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Staff are good at explaining things
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Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

95%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

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