Pharmaceutical Science BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

Chelmsford

September 2017


Overview

Look forward to a bright future. Pharmaceutical scientists are in demand in the public and private sectors. Become one. On this course, you'll gain the theory, medical knowledge and laboratory skills you need to work successfully in pharmaceutical companies, but also in public health, the food industry and clinical research.

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Careers

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A wide range of job opportunities will become available to you when you graduate. This includes areas of pharmaceutical industry such as research, quality assurance, regulatory affairs and marketing and sales. You may also progress and develop yourself further in research or academia by completing further studies in the field of pharmaceutical sciences at Masters and post-doctoral (PhD) levels. Various other opportunities are also available to graduates including: Pharmacy technician (community/ hospital sectors) or university technical officer.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
    This module provides a basis of cell biology and genetics enabling an understanding of life processes at the molecular level and the relationships between structure and function of biological molecules. It will be delivered using face to face learning and you will be expected to attend face to face sessions as well as participate in on-line study using our VLE, internet resources and online discussions as required. The practical component of this module will ensure that you are familiar and competent with the principles of good laboratory practice and learn a range of fundamental life science laboratory techniques developing confidence in using equipment as well as collection, presentation and interpretation of data. Regular formative tests will be delivered in class to enable you to monitor your progress. Summative assessment will be by 100% coursework activities made up of reports and in class computer exercises.
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body
    This module introduces the basics of human anatomy and physiology and provides an underpinning basis for other modules within the Medical Sciences courses. It’ll provide you with an insight into the main body systems and allow exploration of how these systems interact with each other and respond to internal and external stimuli leading to homeostasis being maintained. By providing you with this knowledge you’ll be better prepared when exploring aspects related pathophysiology in relation to disease. The module is taught using lectures and allows for discussions to take place allowing you to explore concepts related to the normal and abnormal functioning of the human body. Links with ill health, well-being and disruption to homeostatic mechanisms in relation to the physiological processes involved will be explored allowing you to place anatomy and physiology of the human body in context. The module is assessed using an essay which explores the role of homeostasis in health and illness.
  • Scientific Communication and Laboratory Skills
    This module will teach the preparation that’s required before carrying out laboratory work and conduct in the laboratory. It concerns the skills and training that’s required to operate common laboratory apparatus. Three questions must be answered, ‘why is the experiment being done?’ (the aim), ‘how is the experiment going to be carried out?’ (method), and ‘what happens after the experiment?’ How are the results going to be analysed and conclusions made? This module is delivered using face-to-face sessions as well as online study using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), internet resources and online discussions as required. Regular formative tests are delivered in class to enable you to monitor your progress. Summative assessment will be by 100% coursework activities made up of reports and in class computer exercises.
  • Perspectives of Health and Illness
    This module introduces fundamental sociological and behavioural concepts and issues specific to health so that a wide range of factors contributing to and impacting on health can be considered. It provides the core knowledge and understanding to appreciate how and why patterns of health (and illness) vary across different communities. This module provides understanding of how modern society responds to illness and the role of medicine. It will be useful to help develop analytical thinking and reflection in a variety of contexts. An introduction to epidemiological approaches, health promotion and public health such as advocacy, empowerment and effective communication is included as a platform for later study. This module will to provide a broad appreciation of the complexity of values and principles that modern society places on health, wellbeing, illness and healthcare and approaches to health promotion Critical thinking skills, analytical skills and conceptual skills needed to link theory and health care practice will be a core aspect of this module. Case studies and discussion will be used to evaluate population health messages and to develop insight into contemporary and emerging debates about healthcare This module will be delivered using face to face learning and you will be expected to attend face to face sessions as well as participate in online study using our VLE, internet resources and online discussions as required. There will be opportunities to present develop presentation skills and to analyse epidemiological data. Assessment will be via a presentation on a public health issue with supporting references.
  • Biomedical Basics
    This module builds on Anatomy & Physiology delivered in semester 1. The content is multidisciplinary and introduces the biomedical disciplines that interact in the human body and form the basis of medical investigation and diagnostics. Initially the principle biomedical disciplines are defined (e.g. Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry Pathology, Cell biology pathophysiology, haematology) before focussing on the topics of haematology, microbiology and immunology to give an understanding of their relevance in causing and preventing disease and why they are importance subjects for diagnostic investigations and ultimately, treatment. The module focusses in three main biomedical disciplines - Haematology to provide background on the different elements that constitute blood and their functions. Microbiology to provide an understanding of bacteria, viruses and other important pathogens Immunology to provide a basic understanding of our human body defends against pathogens. A range of common dysfunctions will be used to translate how why disease occurs, the physiological consequences, investigations and diagnosis into reality. Furthermore, basic laboratory procedures relevant to the three areas, such as aseptic techniques, blood smears and gram stains, will put theory into practice and further improve understanding, lab skills and practical competence. You will be expected to attend face to face sessions as well as participate in on-line study using our VLE, internet resources. Summative assessment will be in two parts via extended practical report and examination.
  • Fundamentals of Drugs and Medicine
    The central aim of this module is to introduce the physic-chemical principles underlying range of disciplines that constitute Pharmaceutical Science – Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Drug Discovery and Development, and Pharmacovigilance. Particularly, you will be introduced to the concept of formulating medicines, the design of dosage forms, and the factors that influence the route of administration, dosage form design, and the basic physicochemical principles underlying the formulation and stability of liquid and colloidal dosage forms. This module will be delivered using face to face learning and you will be expected to attend face to face sessions as well as participate in online study using our VLE, internet resources and on line discussions as required. The practical component of this module will ensure that you are familiar and competent with the principles of good laboratory practice and learn a range of fundamental physical pharmacy laboratory techniques developing confidence in using equipment as well as collection, presentation and interpretation of data. Regular formative tests will be delivered in class to enable you to monitor your progress. Summative assessment is by compilation of practical lab work and reports presented as a portfolio of coursework.

Year two, core modules

  • Physiological Biochemistry
    Focussing on homeostatic regulation and communication, this module provides essential information to understand the different modes of cellular communication and the means by which responses are mediated to elicit a change in physiological response or function. The focus is firmly on the endocrine system and to introduce the important role and control of hormones so as to illustrate how a knowledge of physiological and cellular biochemistry has resulted in medical treatments for several common diseases due to hormone imbalance or inherited disorders. This module provides a firm platform for understanding of the impact of endocrinology in medicine and of the biochemical processes underlying normal and pathological endocrine physiology. This module will be delivered using face to face learning and you will be expected to attend face to face sessions as well as practical classes and participate in online study using our VLE and internet resources. Formative assessment will be via practical coursework (group exercises consisting of individual elements). Summative assessment will be by observed simulation clinical examination (OSCE) demonstrating achievement of all learning outcomes.
  • Pharmaceutical Formulations
    Pharmaceutics concerns the process whereby a new drug can be presented to patients in a suitable form (tablets, capsules, liquids etc.) to maximize absorption and achieve the required therapeutic concentrations in the body. In this module, the formulation and manufacturing of solid dosage forms (tablets and capsules) and semi-solid dosage forms (creams and ointments) and other dosage forms will presented. This will include the properties and function of excipients, the role of crystal structure on formulation, the important characteristics of powders relevant to formulation and the theory of tablet compression. In addition, the process of extemporaneous preparation, labelling and packaging of ointments, creams, suppositories, mixtures, suspensions, emulsions, powders and capsules will be described. This module will be delivered using face to face learning and you will be expected to attend face to face sessions as well as participate in online study using our VLE, internet resources and on line discussions as required. The practical component of this module will ensure that students are familiar and competent with the principles of pharmaceutical technology laboratory practice and learn a range of formulation techniques developing confidence in using equipment as well as collection, presentation and interpretation of data. Assessment will involve regular formative tests allowing you to monitor your progress. Summative assessment will be by submission of a portfolio of laboratory reports and course work papers.
  • Principles of Pharmacology
    This module describes the principals involved in understanding how drugs produce their effects on the body by acting at specific targets (pharmacodynamics), and the disposition of drugs in body compartments with time (pharmacokinetics). Neurochemical transmission in the central and peripheral nervous systems is described. How the action of neurotransmitters was understood through the development of the concept of drug-receptor interactions is explained. The application of these concepts is illustrated by examples of the pharmacology of drugs used to treat cardiovascular and behavioural disorders. These ideas are underpinned by practical laboratory sessions illustrating these principles. This module is delivered using face-to-face sessions as well as participation in online study using our VLE, internet resources and online discussions as required. Regular formative laboratory tests are delivered in class to enable you to monitor your progress. Summative assessment is by a 6,000 word essay.
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Analytical Techniques
    This module describes the role of medicinal chemistry in the discovery, design and development of therapeutic agents. This involve presenting current approaches to drug discovery including structure-based design, analogue-based design, combinatorial and multiple parallel synthesis. The module will also emphasise the production and characterisation of clinically important drugs from natural sources and the relationship between the chemical structure of a drug and medicinal properties, and the application of docking and scoring functions. Identification of potential drug targets and their exploitation for therapeutic purposes. The principles and applications of spectroscopic techniques in the analysis of pharmaceuticals. Information from electromagnetic radiation on molecular structure, with emphasis on UV/vis spectroscopy, infra-red spectroscopy and 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy. The main methods of inorganic analysis: titrametric analysis including acid/base, redox and complexometric titrations, gravimetric analysis, use of ion selective electrodes, atomic spectroscopy including atomic absorption and inductively coupled plasma techniques. The principles of chromatographic separation: thin layer chromatography, basic gas and liquid chromatography, chiral separations, chromatographic method development, interfacing to mass spectrometry to give tandem techniques GC/MS and LC/MS. Assessment. This module will be delivered as a combination of taught lectures, practicals and tutorials. The practical and tutorial sessions will complement the lecture material and will develop laboratory skills and the ability to conduct relevant calculations. Online study using our VLE, internet resources and the use of formative on line discussions will be used to encourage student learning and engagement. Summative assessment will be by submission of a 3000 word essay.
  • Biopharmaceutics
    This module is designed to develop and help you to explore the influence of formulation on the bioavailability of drugs with a focus on oral and transdermal delivery. You'll experience practical exercises on dosage form production and quality control testing, you will develop your knowledge about the concepts of sustained, extended and controlled release drug delivery though case studies. The biopharmaceutical aspects of this course will be delivered by lectures. The practical component of this course will place emphasis on you manufacturing and testing dosage forms. Tutorials and workshops will be held to explore strategies and techniques for enhanced drug bioavailability. Case studies will introduce you to the assessment of basic physicochemical and biological data and its impact on dosage form design. VLE and internet resources will be used effectively during the module, specifically for tutorials and case studies. Summative assessment will be by a 3000 word written case study.

Year three, core modules

  • Research Methods
    You’re expected to complete a research project in your final year, and produce a research proposal. This module provides you with the necessary tools to undertake research using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods of inquiry. This module will also serve to aid your critical analysis of the results of research articles read. It’ll build on those transferrable skills introduced from the beginning of the course, and will look at the development of a research project from conception to completion, concentrating on the forming and shaping of a study using a variety of approaches. This module will involve the development of an understanding of the use of statistics in research, and will introduce you to some of the statistical data analysis techniques used in medical and scientific literature. It’ll also create an appreciation for the rationale involved in making the correct choices when undertaking research, and evaluating the relative ‘strength’ of evidence-based practice in healthcare. Summative assessment is by production of a research proposal.
  • Clinical Pharmacology
    The therapeutic application of drugs for specific conditions is considered in this module. Attention is focussed on drugs acting on the central and peripheral nervous systems used to treat cardiovascular disease and behavioural conditions The basis of the incidence of undesirable side-effects brought about by combinations of drugs is explained. Finally, current progress in the tailoring of drugs to individual patients according to their genetic make-up is considered. Regular formative tests will be delivered in class to enable you to monitor your progress. Assessment will be by 100% coursework activities made up of reports and in class computer exercises.
  • Drug, Development and Regulatory Affairs
    In this module, you'll explore the processes involved in the development of a new drug, from discovery to marketing including a chronological account of the drug development process. The principles of quality assurance as applied to the processes involved in the development, manufacture and distribution of medicines. This will include market assessment and evaluation of clinical need different stages of clinical trials, drug licensing procedures patents, approval and post-marketing surveillance. In addition, current topics about advanced drug delivery systems will be introduced. You will be involved in workshops and team work to critically discuss topical issues in the pharmaceutical industry and to develop your own prospective applications for new products. Drug Development and Regulatory Affairs module will be delivered using face to face learning and you will be expected to attend face to face sessions as well as participate in online study using our VLE, internet resources and on line discussions as required. You will have opportunities to develop your presentation and writing skills and to reflect on your previous learning experience by writing your drug development reports and advanced drug delivery system assignment. Summative assessment will be through a multi- step process culminating with the final production of a portfolio. The portfolio will provide evidence of the development of a company created by the student in three stages - regulations applied to buildings and premises, manufacturing process & production conditions and clinical trials & licensing of documents You may wish to create your own company logo and design and exhibit your work.
  • Major Project
    The individual final project module allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research focused on a topic relevant to their studies. The project topic will have been assessed for suitability with discussions with an appropriate project supervisor to ensure sufficient academic challenge and research feasibility. The project may be in the form of primary research (e.g. laboratory, human or questionnaire-based data, clinical service evaluation, clinical placement, or other relevant acceptable sources), OR in the form of an extended literature review. The chosen topic will require you to identify/formulate problems and issues, conduct literature reviews, evaluate information, investigate using suitable methodologies, process and analyse data, critically analyse, appraise and present findings using suitable methods or media. Regular meetings/contact with the project supervisor will take place, so that the project is closely monitored and steered in the right direction. Formative assessment is an individual presentation of the research topic, methodology undertaken (and any data acquired) in week 6/7. This will assist in a ‘feed-forward’ manner in the development of the final Summative assessment would normally include a substantial written project report.

Assessment

We'll make sure you're progressing correctly in a number of ways, including multiple choice tests, practical exams, reflective essays, oral and poster presentations, scientific report writing and independent project work.

In the first year of this degree, one-to-one tutor sessions will help you get a solid understanding of all the relevant subject matter. In years 2 and 3, assessments will focus on helping you change from someone who consumes knowledge, to someone who generates it and is able to think independently.

This is a three year programme

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)

£9,000

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,500

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£9,250

International students, 2017/18 (per year)

£12,200

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For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

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How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

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International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

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Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

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