De Montfort University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science

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Course summary

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 *

  • Renowned for our academic expertise, development training and world-leading research, we offer more than 100 years of teaching experience in the Leicester School of Pharmacy.
  • This is a specialist course in the UK and DMU is one of only a handful of universities nationally which combines pharmaceutics with a cosmetics element.
  • Benefit from placement opportunities within global organisations like Unilever, where you’ll apply your theoretical knowledge to real-world situations.
  • Our investment in dedicated pharmaceutical laboratories and industry-standard equipment offers you invaluable opportunities to develop your practical and professional skills.
  • Students have gained international experience through our DMU Global programme, which has previously organised a visit to a Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturing company and to Amsterdam where students learnt about the development of hashish based manufactured drugs.
  • 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.

Course details

Modules

First Year In the first year, you will study modules providing a scientific background. Formulation, through a comprehensive course in compounding, and process technology are also introduced. Compounding Formulation Chemistry (Physical Analytical and Organic) Pharmaceutical Processes and Technologies Basic Microbiology Professional and Quantitative Science Skills Cell Biology and Biochemistry Second Year The second year provides an emphasis on integrated work in analytical chemistry, product development and formulation, applied pharmacology, applied microbiology, process technology and quality issues. Pharmaceutical Formulation Chemical Analysis, Quality and Stability Cosmetic Products Pharmaceutical Microbiology Product Development Applied Pharmacology Industrial Placement Year (Optional) Third Year Quality Assurance and Quality by Design Principles Project Development and Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products Cosmetic Science Pharmaceutical Materials Science Elective Modules

Assessment method

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


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
B204
Institution code:
D26
Campus name:
Leicester Campus
Campus code:
Y

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
60%
Student satisfaction
80%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
90%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15750 Year 1

Additional fee information

For students registering in the 2023/24 academic year, the fees for this programme are yet to be confirmed. Please note that fees are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fees for Home students would be based upon a review of our provision and in line with the fee cap set by the government. For Overseas students such reviews will be based on a market assessment and communicated to students at least 6-months before any programme commencing. Please visit the tuition fees pages of our website for further information: dmu.ac.uk/funding.
Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science at De Montfort University - UCAS