Pharmaceutical Science at University of East London - UCAS

Course summary

Pharmaceutical science is the study of the formulation, development and manufacture of new drugs. Pharmaceutical scientists have the power to transform patients' lives by developing new treatments for diseases. This new and already popular course will take you inside this complex and ever-expanding field of discovery. Pharmaceutical science encompasses chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and physiology. It looks at how different drugs act on the human body and how their healing effects can be safely used. We'll introduce you to a diverse selection of subjects to help you gain an insight into the development, design, delivery and use of new drugs. This thorough background will ensure that a wide range of career choices will be open to you when you graduate. You'll be entitled to become a student member of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS), the professional body for pharmaceutical sciences in the UK. This course offers the opportunity of year-long work placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you'll spend your third year working in the pharmaceutical industry, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. The first year of this course is shared with other biosciences degrees at UEL, giving you maximum flexibility if you decide to transfer to a different course for years two and three. Our foundation year is perfect if you want to study for a degree in pharmaceutical science but you don't have the standard qualifications, if you're not sure if this is the right degree for you or you're coming from an extended break in education.


Year 1: Professional Practice in Science (Mental Wealth) (Core), Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (Core), Cell Biology (Core), Fundamentals in Human Anatomy and Physiology (Core), Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Core), Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry (Core), Level 4 Short Work Placement (Optional) Year 2: Infection & Immunity (Core), Fundamental & Experimental Pharmacology (Core), Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery (Core), Research & Career Development - Mental Wealth (Core), Drug, Discovery, Development and Regulation (Core), Organic Mechanisms of Synthesis (Core), Level 5 Short Work Placement (Optional), Year Long Placement (Sandwich Year) (Optional) Year 3: Natural Products and Discovery (Core), Medicinal Chemistry (Core), Application of Analytical Techniques in Pharmaceutical Quality Control (Core), Research Project and Career Enhancement Portfolio (Mental Wealth) (Core), Biopharmaceuticals (Core), Toxicology (Core), Level 6 Short Work Placement (Optional) For more information about individual modules, please visit our course pages via the link below.

Assessment method

We'll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we'll give you as much feedback as possible. In your third year, you'll either take five core modules or undertake a work placement. We'll assess you accordingly. Year 1 - 50% Portfolio/Coursework, 50% Laboratory/Practical/ICT Year 2 - 33% Written Exam/Timed Assessment, 33% Laboratory/Practical/ICT, 17% Portfolio/Coursework, 8.5% Group Project/Presentation, 8.5% Case Study/PBL Year 3 - 42% Written Exam/Timed Assessment, 33% Portfolio/Coursework, 25% Laboratory/Practical/ICT You'll always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 14 working days, although you will receive immediate feedback following many of our face to face assessments.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

For detailed information on entry requirements for our courses, please see the individual course pages. We consider a range of UK and worldwide qualifications at the appropriate level and also take relevant work experience into account when considering an application. Many courses have a Foundation Year option for those students whose qualifications do not meet the BA or BSc entry requirements. Applicants should have, or be working towards, grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent Level 2 qualification such as Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics or Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number and Communication) Entry requirements are intended only as a guide for applicants. They are not a guarantee of an offer, nor of the conditions that may apply. When making a decision on your academic suitability, we will make an assessment of you as an individual and will use information other than qualifications; which may include predicted grades, performance at Level 2, relevant work experience, previous study at degree level, personal statement, references and any portfolio, written test or interview, to make our decision. If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Applicant Relations Team from Monday to Friday (9am–5pm) on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £14820 Year 1
International £14820 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Pharmaceutical Science at University of East London - UCAS