Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science degree trains you in the fundamentals of designing and manufacturing pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. It allows graduates to start a career in the pharmaceutical industry.
It has many unique characteristics, one of which is that it is the only course in the UK to specialise in both the science of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.
This is one of the first pharmaceutical science degrees to be developed by a pharmacy team, giving it a balance between the chemistry and engineering components of pharmaceutical design and manufacture.
UCAS course code: B204
Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich (optional)
Institution code: D26
Interview required: No
Pass in Access to Science. English and Maths GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits in each subject.
If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
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You will normally attend around 17 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures, tutorials etc) each week, and are expected to undertake at least 17 further hours of independent study to complete project work/research as required.
In the first year, you will study modules providing a scientific background. Formulation, through a comprehensive course in compounding, and process technology are also introduced.
The second year provides an emphasis on integrated work in analytical chemistry, product development and formulation, applied pharmacology, applied microbiology, process technology and quality issues.
The third year applies skills in an optional industrial placement to the development and manufacture of products in the formulation laboratory, manufacturing department or related business area of a pharmaceutical or cosmetics company.
The final year involves deeper study of pharmaceutical and cosmetic product design, quality, manufacturing processes, materials science and advanced systems for drug delivery.
This course has recently undergone a successful review and continues to meet the challenges of the industry and the requirements of both students and employers in the 21st Century.
Over the years we have built a good relationship with employers through their employment of placement students and graduates.
We encourage you to take an optional industrial placement year following your second year. Placement opportunities are competitive but our placement unit is dedicated to placing you with a suitable company.
The experience that placements provide is highly sought after by employers, and in some instances students return to where they worked on placement upon successful completion of the course.
Recent graduates are now working as pharmaceutical scientists, quality control managers, senior analysts, regulatory assistants and development chemists.
You can progress onto one of our postgraduate courses such as:
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The Leicester School of Pharmacy enjoys excellent laboratory provision, with many of our labs having recently been refurbished. We have recently invested in state-of-the-art analytical equipment including a scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscope, and a tandem mass spectrometer.
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