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Course summary

Why study this course? Our vocationally oriented degree course combines biology and chemistry to examine drug design, targets and delivery. You’ll learn how drugs affect the human body through theoretical teaching, lab work and optional work placements, and will be taught by a number of research-active staff who have close links with the industry. More about this course If you’ve ever wondered how new medicines are invented, this could be the course for you. You’ll follow the entire process of rational drug design, from identifying biological targets that link to diseases to optimising lead compounds that recognise these targets. You’ll also learn about the parameters that affect the delivery of drugs to specific sites in the body, in order to gain a better understanding of how drugs can be administered to deliver maximum results with minimum side effects. In your first year, you’ll gain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of chemistry and related biological subjects. As the course progresses, you’ll cover these topics at a greater depth, as well as having the opportunity to specialise in subjects that interest you. The practical elements of this course will be undertaken in our £30 million Science Centre, which is equipped with over 280 workstations and state-of-the-art specialist laboratories. You’ll also get the chance to undertake a work placement in your third year, where you’ll gain valuable, real-world experience. What our students say "The Pharmaceutical Science course was the perfect choice for me. I am passionate about chemistry and can’t wait to start formulating, but need to understand the biological implications. This course gives me the opportunity to do all of these things. I have found the course challenging and thoroughly interesting. After only a year I feel I have learned so much – I’m looking forward to Year 2!" Mignon Cristofoli, Year 1 student "I find the Pharmaceutical Science degree very informative and enjoyable, especially in the second year as we actually get to learn about the pharmaceutical industry. Working in the biggest laboratory in the UK is a great experience and many skills can be obtained. The lectures are always interesting and the lecturers are always helpful." Nelushna Manmatharajah, Year 2 student "I started my time at London Met in 2012 with a foundation year. I was not really sure which path I would take, but four years on I'm happy to call myself a pharmaceutical scientist! I am extremely grateful for the chance to have met and worked with some incredibly talented and passionate teachers!" Elina Zalite, Year 3 student


The modules listed below are subject to change. Please see the university webpage for the most up-to-date full module details: First year modules: Introduction to Laboratory Skills (core, 15 credits); General Chemistry (core, 15 credits); Cell Biology (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits); Fundamental Chemical Concepts (core, 15 credits); Introduction to Organic Chemistry (core, 15 credits); Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits); Laboratory Techniques with Data Handling (core, 15 credits); Key Principles in Chemistry (core, 15 credits) Second year modules: Organic Unsaturated Molecules (core, 15 credits); Principles of Pharmacodynamics (core, 15 credits); Quantitative Analysis (core, 15 credits); Coordination and Solution Chemistry of d and f block Complexes (option, 15 credits) Metabolism (option, 15 credits); Molecular biology (option, 15 credits); Spectroscopic Methods (core, 15 credits); Organic Ring Systems (core, 15 credits); Principles of Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Delivery (core, 15 credits); Solid State and Organometallic Chemistry (option, 15 credits); Human Immunity (option, 15 credits); Microbiology (option, 15 credits) Third year modules: Formulation and Quality Assurance of Solutions, Suspensions and Emulsions (core, 15 credits); Research Project (core, 30 credits); Advanced Organic Chemistry (alternative core, 15 credits); Natural Products (alternative core, 15 credits); Systems Pharmacology (option, 15 credits); Advanced Inorganic Techniques (option, 15 credits); Work Placement (for Live Sciences) (option, 15 credits); Sandwich Placement (option, 15 credits); Medicinal Chemistry (core, 15 credits); Formulations and Quality Assurance of Solids and Semi-solids (core, 15 credits); Neuropharmacology (option, 15 credits); Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (option, 15 credits); Advanced Bioanalytical Science (option 15 credits)

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through written coursework, progress tests, practical reports, presentations, exams and an extensive research report based on an investigative project undertaken in the final year.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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International applicants

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For up to date English language requirements please see:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent). We accept a broad range of equivalent level qualifications, please check the UCAS tariff calculator or contact us if you are unsure if you meet the minimum entry requirements for this course. We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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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
EU £16000 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1
Channel Islands £16000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £16000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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