School of Environment & Life Sciences
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Completion of the Human Genome Project means that it is now possible to identify the genes associated with many cancers and inherited disorders - this presents many challenges. We are training a new generation of pharmaceutical scientists to meet these new challenges and to apply scientific knowledge in order to design drugs that improve the quality of people’s lives.
This course is designed for students looking for a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. It is also suitable if you are aiming for a career in research, teaching and many other professions in which biology and biochemistry are important components such as animal health, food science, cosmetic science, in medical laboratories, technical sales, patent law and scientific journalism.
Pharmaceutical science is at the cutting-edge of research and is an exceptionally versatile scientific discipline with opportunities in the field continuing to grow and develop. This provides graduates of this course with some excellent prospective career paths and our programme will ensure that you are fully equipped to take advantage of them.
This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.
- Have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through a placement year
- Develop skills to meet the challenges created by the completion of the Human Genome Project
- Apply scientific knowledge to design drugs that improve the quality of people's lives
This is for you if...
You have a strong interest in how medicines work, are designed and manufactured
You are highly skilled and motivated in biological and chemical sciences
You want a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries
All about the course
Year one introduces the basic concepts of pharmaceutical science and includes both theoretical and practical modules.Year two builds upon course content from year one, increasing in depth and specialisation. In your final year you will take core modules and optional modules and complete your degree with a supervised research project in a subject of your choice.
The Biological Chemistry module introduces the basics of molecular structure and spectroscopy, structure and function of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.apparatus in the performance of basic techniques, and to develop practical laboratory skills relevant to biology and chemistry.
This module will help you develop an understanding of genes and genetics, and their influence on evolution and development. It looks at the basic principles of molecular genetics and the function and evolution of genes in organisms.
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
The aim of this module is to introduce organic chemistry through structure and mechanism. You will study organic reactions of key functional groups such as alkenes, carbonyl and aromatic compounds.
The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.
Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills
This module focuses on the basic principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms, their structure, function and importance.
This module will look at the multidisciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.
Clinical and Molecular Genetics
The aim of this module is to introduce basic concepts in molecular biology, to explain the control of gene expression in pro- and eukaryotes and how dysfunction in these processes can lead to human genetic disorders. You will also develop an understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge in the application of clinical laboratory techniques used for diagnosis.
Chemical and Biochemical Research Skills
The aim of this module is to help you understand how to conduct scientific research from basic principles including: critical searching, citation and evaluation of research-based literature, data interpretation, analysis and presentation, report writing and communication.
Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry
The aim of this module is to introduce the general principles of drug discovery and modes of action of drugs
This module aims to introduce you to the general principles of pharmacological active ingredients and the effect on the major organs. You will develop an understanding of techniques applicable to their own research in the field of pharmacology.
The aim of this modules is to provide a reflective, systems-led approach to understanding the functions of human physiological structures. You will develop awareness and understanding of the multidisciplinary aspects of taking human physiological measurements with a clinical emphasis. This module will illustrate the adaptations of human organ structures to perform their functions within changing environments and physical activity.
Genomics and Proteomics
This module provides an appreciation of topics in molecular biology with an emphasis on genomics, proteomics and their underlying structural aspects.
Research Project and Professional Skills
An opportunity to work with a research group and contribute to original research in a relevant area of medicinal chemistry. The module also focuses upon key professional skills aimed at improving employability.
Biochemistry of Drugs and Disease
Through this module you will develop an understanding of the physical and chemical principles underlying biological activity of selected chemotherapeutic agents and other drugs. You will investigate currently active research areas and present a coherent analysis of up-to-date knowledge.
Science and Industry
This module focuses upon key areas of the scientific industry such as marketing, health and safety and legal issues. External contributions from industry experts will enhance your learning on this module. It is aimed at improving student employability.
This module will establish your understanding of pharmaceutical analysis and other aspects of drug development including pre-clinical and clinical trials.
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Advances in Pathophysiology
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of selected human physiological systems including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and the methodology used to monitor and assess cardiovascular and respiratory function.
This module encourages an awareness of the importance of biotechnology in industry, and develops your knowledge of a variety of biochemical processes in a range of important industrial applications.
What will I be doing?
There are a variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are combined to fit with the intended learning outcomes and level of study, including extended projects, site visits, workshops and seminars, group activities, contributions from industrial partners and experts, poster presentations, lectures and small group tutorials.
Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination with coursework accounting for around 65% throughout the course. Assessment types include research projects, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis, presentations, literature reviews and exams (both closed and open book).
Our school is renowned for the quality of its teaching and research, and is supported by over 80 academic staff at the forefront of their specialisms. Our expanding suite of programmes cover geography and environmental management (GEM), wildlife, biology, chemistry, disease ecology and biomedical sciences and we work closely with our partners to ensure course content develops the skills that employers are looking for.
We have recently been presented with a ‘Bronze Award’ from the Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter for its commitment to gender equality.
If you are looking for a vibrant, welcoming and highly professional environment in which you can realise your potential, the University of Salford offers you a world of opportunities.
We have recently invested in the development of a new, state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.
The university hosts industry standard instrumentation including cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Having access to industry standard technology means that upon graduation, our students are fully prepared and equipped to enter the workplace.
What about after uni?
This course will provide you with specialist and transferable skills which are highly regarded by employers from different sectors including Contract Research Organisations (CROs), small and large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The transferable skills learnt will allow you to seek work in several areas such as research, development, quality assurance, within the government, and assisting on legal cases.
This degree is ideal if you are interested in a career in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries, as well as clinical or other biomedical areas such as analytical biochemistry. Some of our recent graduates have found employment in hospitals, CROs (working on clinical trials in the metabolism section) and large pharmaceutical companies.
Between years two and three of this course we encourage students to complete a placement year, which is arranged with our support. Recent Pharmaceutical Science students have been offered placements at Pfizer in Kent, the Transplant Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital and the Cancer Research UK Manchester institute. In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year.
What you need to know
We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in how medicines work, are designed and manufactured. You should also be highly-skilled and motivated in biological and chemical sciences.
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
GCE A level
112 points including Biology and a chemical discipline. A Pass in the practical element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma
DDM in a suitable science subject
BTEC Higher National Diploma
Possible entry to year 3
Possible entry to year 3
112 including a science
Irish Leaving Certificate
112 points from Higher Level including a science
29 points with at least one science subject from Group 4
Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£14,820per year|
|Part-time||2019||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying|
All field trips are funded by the school but you may need to consider additional costs such as food and spending money.
International field trips that are part of core modules are also funded by the school but you will need to pay towards international field trips that are part of optional modules (although these are subsidised by the school) and you will be made aware of these costs before selecting the module.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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Course ID F151