MSci Pharmaceutical Science

The MSci Pharmaceutical Science allows you to combine bachelors and masters study all through one integrated package that is designed to provide you with extensive career opportunities as scientists within the pharmaceutical industry. There is a strong emphasis on employability and industry engagement right throughout. The first three years have a very 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.

What you will study

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...

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Dr Rehana Karim, course leader


This course is taught at: Glyntaff Campus, Pontypridd


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  • Full Time 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
    • Full Time 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2018

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