About this program
Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science BSc (Hons)
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.
- A typical offer is a minimum of 96 points from at least two A-levels including Chemistry and one other science subject at grade D or above, from: Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Statistics, Maths/Further Maths, or Psychology
- BTEC National Diploma - Applied Science Merit/Merit/Merit, or
- BTEC Extended Diploma - Applied Science Merit/Merit/Merit
Plus five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Maths and English Language
Alternative qualifications include:
- Pass in the QAA Science Access to HE overall 96 UCAS tariff with 15 level 3 credits in Chemistry at Merit and 15 Level 3 credits in a second Science at Merit.
- English Language and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification.
We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course
- International Baccalaureate: 24+ with 6 higher level points in Chemistry and another science (preferably Biology)
English language requirements:
If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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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.
- Formulation Chemistry (Physical Analytical and Organic)
- Pharmaceutical Processes and Technologies
- Basic Microbiology
- Professional and Quantitative Science Skills
- Cell Biology and Biochemistry
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)
- Quality Assurance and Quality by Design Principles
- Development and Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products
- Cosmetic Science
- Pharmaceutical Materials Science
- Elective Modules
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, with approximately 15 hours of face-to-face contact time each week.
2021/22 tuition fees
- UK students: £9,250 per year
- International students: £14,750 per year
- EU students: Check the website for more information
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About this institute
De Montfort University
De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...
Why study at De Montfort University
- Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
- In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
- TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
- Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
- 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.
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