Pharmaceutical Science (Top-up) BSc (Hons)


Do you see yourself developing new drugs? Or selling medicines to GPs and hospitals?

Whichever area of the pharmaceutical industry you want to work in, you can get there when you top up your existing qualifications to a Bachelor's degree on this BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science course.

On this practical course, you'll have access to more than 30 laboratories. You'll choose the specialist areas that match your interests and career ambitions and have the option to join one of our internationally recognised research groups to develop your vocational skills.

After the course, you'll be ready to start a career in areas such as pharmaceutical research, drug development, scientific writing and pharmaceutical sales and marketing.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Top up your existing qualifications to a Bachelor's degree
  • Complete a laboratory-based major year project in our world-class research laboratories
  • Be able to join one of our internationally-recognised research groups
  • Cover core Pharmaceutical Science topics including bioactives, drug formulation and development and protein modelling science

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience and research opportunities during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules include:

  • Bioactives
  • Cellular & Molecular Drug Targets
  • Drug Formulation and Development
  • Formulation and Quality Assurance of Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmaceutical Science Project

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical laboratory work
  • guided reading

All of the modules on this course are fully supported by online lecture and study materials.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written assignments
  • oral and poster presentations
  • group-based assessments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Pharmaceutical Science (Top-Up) degree?

Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • teaching
  • pharmaceutical research
  • drug development within the pharmaceutical industry
  • scientific writing and the media
  • regulatory affairs
  • pharmaceutical sales and marketing

Other graduates have continued their studies at PhD or Master's level.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

240 HE credits from a BSc Pharmaceutical Science degree or similar.

English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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