In a nutshell
This course will provide you with a strong foundation in biological and chemical sciences, allowing you to progress onto either of the BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science degree course.
It is ideal if you want to develop your career along a conservation pathway but have a non-scientific background, or you don’t meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an honours degree. This course may also be attractive if you are returning to education or if you wish to change career direction.
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. At the University of Salford, 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.
- Gain a broad, basic knowledge of chemical principles to prepare you for more advanced study
- 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
This is for you if...
Want an excellent route into science for those from a non-scientific background
You are returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction
You didn't meet the entry requirements for BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science
All about the course
During the foundation year you will study modules which will increase your knowledge and understanding of basic biology and other aspects of environmental studies. There is an emphasis on both understanding and problem solving in addition to practical and communication skills. These skills will aid and enhance your performance on the honours degree.
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.
Between years two and three of this course we encourage students to complete a placement year, which is arranged with our support. Recent students on this course 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.
If you are studying part-time you select two to four modules from each year of study, completing the rest of the modules for the year in the following year. This leads to a maximum six-year duration for a part-time degree. If studying part-time you do not have the placement option.
You'll start to understand the significance of the structure of atoms, their classification in the periodic table, chemical reactions and bonding to form organic and inorganic molecules and the importance of pH.
Take a hands-on approach to develop biological and chemical laboratory skills, practise environmental and fieldwork techniques, and apply scientific knowledge in the interpretation of results of experiments and surveys.
Develop skills for application of statistical and mathematical methods and practise using Information Technology for effective presentation and communication of data and ideas.
Develop life-long learning skills including techniques for self-assessment and reflection, written and verbal communication skills for meetings, debates and presentations.
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Explore the characteristics of plant and animal cells which are the building blocks of all life forms; their interactions with micro and macro environments, and learn about the diversity of animal and plant life in a range of ecosystems.
Explore the interactions of earth processes, geological structures and environmental functions, the use of resources e.g. fossil fuels including fracking and consider the differential impacts of a range of geological hazards – earthquakes, volcanic activity and rising sea levels.
Understand key ecological concepts, explore biogeography, appraise conservation techniques and consider priorities and issues in management of habitats and wildlife.
Science for Health
Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health – e.g. pollution, nutrition, drug development and consider examples of environmental interventions and clinical trials.
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.
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.
The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.
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
Genomics and Proteomics
This module provides an appreciation of topics in molecular biology with an emphasis on genomics, proteomics and their underlying structural aspects.
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.
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 BSc Hons
This module will study the biochemical origins of the biochemical processes that occur in certain metabolic diseases, and the treatment of some diseases and analytical methodologies through practical experimentation of detecting the diseased state.
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 your employability after graduation.
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.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
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
- Group activities
- Contributions from industrial partners and experts
- Poster presentations
- 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
- Data analysis
- Literature reviews
- Exams (both closed and open book)
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.
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
This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.
We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in how medicines work, are designed and manufactured. You should also interested in biological and chemical sciences.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
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
64 UCAS points
64 UCAS points
BTEC National Diploma
Access to HE
64 UCAS points
64 UCAS points from Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate
64 UCAS points from Higher Level
Completion of two full years study and an awarded qualification
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||2019/20||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
|Part-time||2019/20||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
|Part-time||2020/21||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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