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UDPHMSFY - BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science (including foundation year)

Course Specification

Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science, Preparatory Diploma, Preparatory Certificate
Total credits for course 480
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Human Sciences
Subject Area Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Part-time 6 YEARS 8 YEARS
Full-time 4 YEARS 8 YEARS
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About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The Pharmaceutical Science pathway is intended to integrate the fundamentals of chemistry and the biological sciences to produce graduates with the ability to design and use molecules to accomplish specific diagnostic and curative tasks, to develop materials for medical uses and to develop analytical strategies for measuring appropriate parameters for a wide range of applications in the characterisation of individual molecules and of complex systems. The material will be delivered by a range of mechanisms designed to allow the student to maximise the use of their preferred learning style (traditional lecture/tutorial sessions, guided independent learning, use of IT-based material such as VLOs, peer-assisted sessions).

The course is designed to be fully inclusive, ensuring that all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment are accessible for all students and promote an understanding of the multi-disciplinary areas of the Pharmaceutical Science. Students will develop knowledge and skills which will empower them to be autonomous professional practitioners and be inclusive in their own careers and practice. The course will foster high level reasoning skills and promote lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD). Our graduates will go out into the world as confident, values driven and successful individuals, making a positive contribution to society. Teaching and learning activities are integrated with assessment processes in line with the School of Human Sciences learning and teaching strategy and the Education for Social Justice Framework (ESJF). A blended learning approach is utilised, accommodating different learning styles and enabling students to reach their full potential.

Utilisation of the University’s VLE, WebLearn has become an invaluable tool with which to disseminate information and to support and assess student learning. Online progress tests will be used to provide students with feedback on their progress. Exams in several modules are delivered as online exams.

Students will have feedback delivered online and through provision of tutorial questions and answer sessions and other formative exercises such as tests or reports. Students will also receive feedback on formative coursework assessments.

Practical skills exercises at each level are used to monitor proficiency at experimental work. Assessment of Data handling skills are embedded in practical reports, problem solving exercises, information abstracting and reviewing exercises, poster presentations and seminar presentations.

The level 6 Project provides the ultimate measure of experimental and other practical skills. The excellent Science Centre also provides an unrivalled facility in which to carry out the level 6 Project module. BSc Project assessment will culminate in the presentation of a dissertation and a viva exam, designed to allow the student to demonstrate their depth of knowledge and understanding.

Students have access to the Learning Centre. It provides specific group study areas as well as access to a comprehensive and regularly reviewed range of textbooks, journals and online learning resources. In addition, there ‘all access’ areas on the ground floor of the Tower building and the green lounge in Benwell Road and the newly fitted interactive teaching spaces in the Roding building. These areas come with comfortable seating and IT facilities.

This four-year course includes a Foundation Year (level three) which introduces you to the fundamentals of science, enabling you to study Pharmaceutical Science at level four. It makes no assumptions about prior scientific study. You will gain a solid grounding in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and numeracy relevant to these subject areas. Practical sessions in the Science Centre will help you gain proficiency at experimental work and are delivered within PR3001 (Scientific Studies). The project module teaches you how to conduct research into a topic relating to Pharmaceutical Science, and to report your findings accordingly, thus providing you with fundamental subject-specific knowledge and relevant skills

Course aims

The programme aims to produce socially responsible graduates capable of working successfully in the pharmaceutical industry. To that end, the course aims to provide an intellectual base by improving the students’ understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry and biology and using this to explore the influence of molecular structure on the effectiveness of therapeutic agents. It also aims to provide the knowledge and understanding needed to develop synthetic strategies to produce desirable structures. In order that the students can function effectively in a laboratory environment, the course aims to develop to equip students with the intellectual and practical skills necessary for the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of scientific data.

More generally, the course aims to develop an awareness of the ethical implications of modern scientific work and promote skills of self-evaluation and analysis to enhance career development. This approach will enable students to feel a sense of belonging at London Met and encourage student engagement with their learning and the opportunities offered by the University. It will also give students opportunities to share experiences whilst encouraging reflection on individual values, developing understanding of their response to wider world issues.

Course learning outcomes

On the BSc Chemistry, the QAA outcomes for Chemistry and Pharmacy have been referred to generate the generic area(s) for each specific outcome.
The learning outcomes for the BSc Pharmaceutical Science course are as follows.
By the end of the course the student is expected to have developed:
1. A knowledge and understanding of the physical and chemical properties of elements and compounds and the ability to analyse critically how they react and interact on a molecular basis, and a knowledge and understanding of biochemical reactions;
2. A knowledge and understanding of the chemistry underpinning the design and mode of action of therapeutical agents and of the delivery systems for such agents and design appropriate delivery systems for selected agents;
3. A knowledge and understanding of analytical techniques and the ability to apply these techniques in the determination of the structure of a compound and/or the composition of a specified sample, including regards to validity, accuracy, calibration, precision and reproducibility;
4. The practical skills necessary to safely carry out experiments such as might be required of a competent professional pharmaceutical scientist viz the ability to devise and carry out reactions to synthesise specified compounds and to identify and perform the analytical measurements needed to characterise multi-component systems;
5. A knowledge and understanding of the diverse modern industrial applications of pharmaceutical science and of the role of the pharmaceutical scientist in industry;
6. An understanding of the application of mathematical systems to model the behaviour of chemical systems and the ability to employ these to solve specific problems;
7. The ability analyse different situations and devise approaches to solving problems showing a high level of understanding and reasoning and providing their own interpretation of information;
8. The skills necessary to provide a realistic assessment of their own level of achievement and devise strategies for ensure their personal development is fitted to their career goals;
9. The ability to communicate a subject clearly and accurately orally, and in a variety of forms of written English;
10. The ability to employ a full range of investigative skills which can be applied to any set task; use analytical and reviewing skills in order to produce accurate summaries based on a body of literature;
11. An appreciation of the fundamental concepts in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, numeracy and laboratory skills;
12. Demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity and will act as inclusive, collaborative and socially responsible practitioners/professionals in their discipline.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

No explicit statement exists for Pharmaceutical Science. Chemistry/Pharmacy content (where appropriate) would relate to QAA threshold statements.

Assessment strategy

Assessment and feedback are key means through which to engage students in processes that support their development, success and employability, while connecting with their own identities, experiences and cultural capital. The assessment strategy is aligned with those of the School of Human Sciences and the ESJF.
Students are assessed through a variety of methods including problem solving exercises, in-class test, data analysis, practical reports, case studies, oral presentations, extended essays, examinations, research project interim report, oral examination, and dissertation.

Practical skills are summatively assessed through coursework assignments, including those in the project module. Data handling skills are summatively assessed by practical reports, problem solving exercises, oral presentations, and examinations.

Formative assessments include group activities in tutorial classes, mini-tests, and project workshops.

All assessments are second marked by an appropriate member of staff and discussions are held if any discrepancies are highlighted. Once agreed, samples are verified by an external examiner who will scrutinise the sample of work for quality.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

The course includes the option to take either a 15 credit Work Placement module at level 6 or a 30 credit Sandwich Placement module between level 5 and level 6. Students are not allowed to register for both these modules.

Course specific regulations

Level 3 Year 1 - September entry: All modules are core: PR3002, PR3003
Level 3 Year 2 - September entry: All modules are core: PR3001, PR3051, PR3P50
Level 3 Year 1 - February entry: All modules are core: PR3002, PR3003
Level 3 Year 2 - February entry: All modules are core: PR3001, PR3051, PR3P50
Level 4 Year 3 - All modules are core: BE4053, BE4055, CY4071, CY4081
Level 4 Year 4 - All modules are core: CY4051, CY4061, CY4070, CY4080
Level 5 Year 5 - All modules are core: CY5070, CY5073, CY5080, CY5083
Level 5 Year 6 - Core modules: CY5051, CY5062. Optional modules: CY5071 (Default), CY5081, BE5058, BE5059 (Default), BE5060, BE5061
Level 6 Year 7 - Core modules: CY6073, CY6083. Optional modules: CY6051 (Default), CY6065 (Default), CY6071, CY6081, BE6W67, CY6061
Level 6 Year 8 - Core modules: CY6063, CY6P01. Alt-core modules: CY6053, CY6055 (Default)

The course conforms to both the University’s Undergraduate Scheme and the University Academic Regulations.

Modules required for interim awards

The cores for the award of BSc (Hons) are listed in the course structure. For intermediate awards, any combination of modules from the course specification would be appropriate.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

During the induction phase of the programme students will be introduced to structured reflection on their development of Undergraduate Skills which constitute much as the substance of personal development planning. Students will undertake to produce their personal development plan (PDP) during their undergraduate career or in the workplace. PDP can include other activities outside of the academic aspect of university life.

PDP is designed to allow students to articulate the skills developed during their undergraduate career and encourages them to critically reflect on their learning experience, to set new personal and academic goals and evaluate progress made in achieving those goals. PDP activities will be specifically incorporated into core modules on the course to ensure all students undertake reflective practises throughout their course of study.

Progress with Undergraduate Skills will be articulated to students as the programme progresses through feedback from tutors and peers enabling them to reflect on their progress based on the evidence available. This process assists students in developing as independent learners, identifying their strengths and weaknesses. This will be of benefit throughout their future career. One module at each level will be used to specifically develop employability and reflective activities. At level 4 this is CY4080 – Laboratory Techniques and Data Handling and at level 5, CY5062 – Spectroscopic methods. At level 6, CY6P01 – Research project module is used – which requires research of the topic, planning and executing practical activities, analysis of results and re-evaluation of the direction of the work provides an appropriate forum to emphasise the importance of reflection and of the skills (both transferable and subject-specific) gained during the course. The project competencies section provides students with the opportunities to reflect on their learning, this is also included in the Graduation Statement as part of their PDP submission. The end task is to complete a mock job application including a CV, cover letter and personal statement.

The option exists for students to undertake an additional 30 credit module CY6W04 Sandwich Placement module to enhance employability. This would normally be undertaken between level 5 and 6, this would extend the period of study to four years. For part-time students in appropriate employment they can complete the module over an extended period during their degree rather than take a year out. Students also have the option to take the 15 credit BE6W67 – Work placement module which requires a shorter placement.

Students at all levels will take part in tutorials designed to facilitate discussion on what has been learnt in order that reflective learning will contribute to identifying objectives, success criteria, and action plans that can be included in PDPs.

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

In line with the University Careers Education Framework (CEF), careers, employability and enterprise information and guidance is provided to students in a timely manner, to facilitate students taking maximum advantage of extra-curricular opportunities and help to develop, student self-awareness, self-belief and confidence to achieve realistic career goals.

Graduates in Pharmaceutical Science are equipped to take up employment in pharmaceutical research, development, analysis, formulation, or product registration. They could also pursue careers in medical research in hospital and public health laboratories and in the food, water and agricultural industries. The analytical, numerical and communication skills developed on the course are also in demand in non-science-based careers such as accountancy, journalism and marketing. The course is also a good preparation for a career in teaching.

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

On graduation, you'll be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).

Career opportunities

Graduating from this degree will enable you to enter many scientific professions. You could find work in clinical research, medical chemistry, biomedical science, analytical chemistry, immunology and pharmacology.

Some of our graduates from this course have found employment as companies like BMS Healthcare, the National Health Service (NHS) and Quintiles.

Many have also gone on to roles that aren't related to science such as financial services and marketing.

You could also pursue postgraduate study to open your career options up even further.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Other applicants may have Level 3 qualifications such as A level, BTEC Extended Diploma or Access to Higher education qualifications with high UCAS points and grades, but not in the relevant subject areas (biology and chemistry) which are required to study for BSc programmes in the School of Human Sciences.

Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D/grade 3 in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2019/20 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 17 Jul 2019 Last validation date 17 Jul 2019  
JACS codes
Route code PHMSFY

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 03 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
PR3001 Scientific Studies Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM
PR3002 Biology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
PR3003 Chemistry Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
PR3051 Biochemistry Core 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
          NORTH SUM WED PM
PR3P50 Foundation Year Project (CPS) Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM

Stage 1 Level 03 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
PR3001 Scientific Studies Core 30        
PR3002 Biology Core 30        
PR3003 Chemistry Core 30        
PR3051 Biochemistry Core 15 NORTH SUM WED PM
PR3P50 Foundation Year Project (CPS) Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM

Stage 2 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BE4053 Cell Biology (for Life Sciences) Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
BE4055 Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (for Life Sci... Core 15 NORTH SPR MON PM
CY4051 General Chemistry Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
CY4061 Introduction to Organic Chemistry Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
CY4070 Introduction to Laboratory Skills Core 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
CY4071 Fundamental Chemical Concepts Core 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
CY4080 Laboratory Techniques with Data Handling Core 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
CY4081 Key Principles in Chemistry Core 15 NORTH SPR MON AM

Stage 3 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CY5051 Quantitative Analysis Core 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
CY5062 Spectroscopic Methods Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
CY5070 Organic Unsaturated Molecules Core 15 NORTH AUT TUE PM
CY5073 Principles of Pharmacodynamics Core 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
CY5080 Organic Ring Systems Core 15 NORTH SPR TUE PM
CY5083 Principles of Pharmaceutical Science and Drug D... Core 15 NORTH SPR TUE AM
BE5058 Metabolism Option 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
BE5059 Microbiology Option 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
BE5060 Molecular Biology Option 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
BE5061 Human Immunity Option 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
CY5071 Coordination and solution chemistry of d and f ... Option 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
CY5081 Solid State and Organometallic Chemistry Option 15 NORTH SPR WED AM

Stage 4 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CY6063 Medicinal Chemistry Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
CY6073 Formulation and Quality Assurance of Solutions,... Core 15        
CY6083 Formulations and Quality Assurance of Solids an... Core 15        
CY6P01 Research Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
CY6053 Advanced Organic Chemistry Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
CY6055 Natural Products Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
BE6W67 Work Placement (for Life Sciences) Option 15        
CY6051 Systems Pharmacology Option 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
CY6061 Advanced Bioanalytical Science Option 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
CY6065 Neuropharmacology Option 15 NORTH SPR MON AM
CY6071 Advanced Inorganic Techniques Option 15        
CY6081 Topics in Inorganic Chemistry Option 15        
CY6W04 Sandwich Placement Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR NA