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Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science

Entry requirements


96 points from a minimum of 2 A2 subjects and must include passes at grade C or better in Chemistry and one other Science at D from : Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Statistics or Maths / Further Maths.

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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Must be achieved from a BTEC in Science.

96 points including at least two subjects at Advanced Higher Level with Chemistry at grade C or better and another Science subject at grade D or better.

UCAS Tariff

96

Must be from a minimum of 2 A2 subject or equivalent and must include passes at grade C or better or equivalent in Chemistry and one other Science at D from : Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Statistics or Maths / Further Maths

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Pharmaceutical chemistry

Developed by a pharmacy team, this degree course provides an understanding of the chemistry and engineering components of pharmaceutical and cosmetic product design and manufacture.

Our research-active academics have experience in the fields of pharmacy, engineering, chemistry, pharmacology and microbiology. Their strong collaborations with the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries mean that this curriculum is continuously reviewed to ensure we’re equipping our students with the advanced skills sought by graduate employers.

On this course, you’ll cover compounding, formulation chemistry, pharmaceutical processes and technologies, microbiology, professional and quantitative science skills, cell biology and chemistry, pharmaceutical formulation, chemical analysis, quality and stability, cosmetic science and products, and pharmaceutical product development and manufacture. In year three you’ll also have the opportunity to choose your own elective modules.

Key features

• Optional work placements give students opportunities to gain practical experience in global organisations, such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Boots.

• Our graduates have secured roles ranging from pharmaceutical scientists and product development scientists, to quality control managers in internationally recognised companies including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Boots.

• Gain international experience through our DMU Global programme*, which has previously organised a Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science visit to a Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturing company and Amsterdam learning about the development of hashish based manufactured drugs.

• Renowned for our academic expertise, development training and worldleading research, we offer more than 100 years of teaching experience in the Leicester School of Pharmacy.

• You will study a range of topics including compounding, formulation chemistry, cosmetic science and mircobiology, pharmaceutical processes and technologies, cell biology and chemistry, pharmaceutical formulation, quality and stability and pharmaceutical product development and manufacture.

• First year modules will help provide a scientific background, whilst the second year modules provide an emphasis on integrated work in analytical chemistry, product development and formulation, applied pharmacology, applied microbiology, process technology and quality issues. In your final year the modules will be applied to the industrial principles of product development, including cosmetic science; manufacture and quality assurance.

**DMU’s careers and employability service, known as DMU Works, was awarded the Best University Careers/Employability Service at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards in February 2021. We understand university is a huge investment, and our careers commitment to you is not simply to help you secure a job, but to equip you with the skills to thrive, adapt and innovate in our ever-changing world.**

Modules

YEAR ONE: Compounding; Formulation Chemistry (Physical Analytical and Organic); Pharmaceutical Processes and Technologies; Basic Microbiology; Professional and Quantitative Science Skills; Cell Biology and Biochemistry. YEAR TWO: Pharmaceutical Formulation; Chemical Analysis, Quality and Stability; Cosmetic Products; Applied Pharmacology; Pharmaceutical Microbiology; Product Development; Industrial Placement Year (Optional). YEAR THREE: Quality Assurance and Quality by Design Principles; Project; Development and Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products; Cosmetic Science; Pharmaceutical Materials Science.

Assessment methods

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and face-to-face contact time, and will make up approximately 15 hours of study each week. You will also be expected to achieve approximately 17 hours of self-directed study. Assessment methods include: unseen exams, computer-based assessments

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,750
per year
International
£14,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Health and Life Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
low
Pharmaceutical chemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemistry

Teaching and learning

63%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
66%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

74%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
61%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Science, engineering and production technicians

Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Chemistry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£27k

£27k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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