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Course summary

Learn about the discovery and design of medicines at a world top 5 university for pharmacy and pharmacology*. Prepare for a career where you can develop new drugs and medicines to transform people's lives. Improve your employability with a year spent working in industry in an area related to pharmaceutical sciences. You'll study the core sciences that make up pharmaceutical sciences throughout the first two years: Chemistry

  • drug design and discovery using organic chemistry
  • analytical chemistry to study the structure and purity of drug molecules
  • the science of designing and formulating medicines
  • understand the properties of drugs and medicines through physical chemistry
  • understand disease and drug action through biology and pharmacology
  • the design of complex biological drugs
You'll study diseases and some of the most commonly prescribed medicines. You'll also learn about regulations, patenting and business skills in a national and global context. *QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 and 2021.


Our teaching methods include lab sessions, lectures, tutorials, workshops, and problem classes. In year one you will study fundamental areas of pharmaceutical sciences. This will introduce you to a wide range of topics and provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge. You'll learn about cardiovascular disease, drug structure, and the science of medicines. In year two, you still study more advanced modules at a higher level of expertise. You will learn about the synthesis of complex drugs, advanced drug discovery and drug design. In year three you will complete a research project in an area of pharmaceutical sciences of your choice. This will involve collecting, analysing, and interpreting your own data. In year four, you will work with an industry partner on a placement year. This will involve a year-long research project that will be supported by the university and your placement company. This will give you the skills and experience needed to start your career in the industry.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

European Baccalaureate - 80% overall including 8.5 and 8.0 from Chemistry and Mathematics in any order. Biology or Physics can be considered if the equivalent of GCSE Maths grade B is already achieved. GCSE requirements - English grade C (numeric grade 4), Mathematics grade B (numeric grade 5)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £28600* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £28600* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Pharmaceutical Sciences (with a Year in Industry) at University of Nottingham - UCAS