Key Information

Full-time

3 Years

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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UCAS Code

B231

Course Code

PHAPHAUB

Key Information

Full-time

3 Years

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Revalidation

Fees

View

UCAS Code

B231

Course Code

PHAPHAUB

BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science

There may be opportunities to visit pharmaceutical companies and to learn from industrial scientists and leading experts through a programme of guest lectures.

Key Information

Full-time

3 Years

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

UCAS Code

B231

Course Code

PHAPHAUB

Key Information

Full-time

3 Years

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Revalidation

Fees

View

UCAS Code

B231

Course Code

PHAPHAUB

Dr Lorna Lancaster - Programme Leader

Dr Lorna Lancaster - Programme Leader

Lorna Lancaster is Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science and is a specialist in alternative antibiotics and vaccines. Her research interests centre around alternative antimicrobials. In particular, she is interested in bacteriocins - toxins produced by a strain of bacteria to kill other like strains of bacteria. Her work aims to determine the function, activity, stability, and inhibition of these toxins by using a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques.

School Staff List

Welcome to BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science

Pharmaceutical Science encompasses a range of scientific disciplines, introducing students to the exciting world of drug discovery, development, and management.

Our aim at Lincoln is to produce passionate pharmaceutical scientists who are adept in addressing the healthcare challenges of the future and are well prepared for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

The course offers an insight into the structure, function, and mechanisms of drugs; how different drugs can act on the human body; and how their potentially lifesaving effects can be harnessed safely.

At Lincoln our academic staff include experienced researchers and practitioners. The programme is closely aligned with the pharmaceutical industry and has been developed with employer input.

Welcome to BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science

Pharmaceutical Science encompasses a range of scientific disciplines, introducing students to the exciting world of drug discovery, development, and management.

Our aim at Lincoln is to produce passionate pharmaceutical scientists who are adept in addressing the healthcare challenges of the future and are well prepared for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

The course offers an insight into the structure, function, and mechanisms of drugs; how different drugs can act on the human body; and how their potentially lifesaving effects can be harnessed safely.

At Lincoln our academic staff include experienced researchers and practitioners. The programme is closely aligned with the pharmaceutical industry and has been developed with employer input.

How You Study

The first year introduces students to the core subjects that are fundamental to pharmaceutical science, such as chemistry, biochemistry and metabolism, human anatomy, and disease.

Students can then progress to examining the analytical methods relevant to drug development, medicine delivery, immunology, pharmacology, and toxicology in the second year, where they will also explore key research techniques.

The third year introduces more advanced subjects as well as the regulatory and ethical standards that apply to industry professionals.

There are also opportunities for students to take part in research alongside academics in order to develop their knowledge and experience, and enhance their skill set.

The course includes lectures, seminars, laboratory-based practical classes, and lectures from visiting scientists from the pharmaceutical industry.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

How You Study

The first year introduces students to the core subjects that are fundamental to pharmaceutical science, such as chemistry, biochemistry and metabolism, human anatomy, and disease.

Students can then progress to examining the analytical methods relevant to drug development, medicine delivery, immunology, pharmacology, and toxicology in the second year, where they will also explore key research techniques.

The third year introduces more advanced subjects as well as the regulatory and ethical standards that apply to industry professionals.

There are also opportunities for students to take part in research alongside academics in order to develop their knowledge and experience, and enhance their skill set.

The course includes lectures, seminars, laboratory-based practical classes, and lectures from visiting scientists from the pharmaceutical industry.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the necessary basic theoretical and conceptual principles required in analytical chemistry. It offers a platform upon which students can build as they develop their analytical skills and understanding in later stages of their programme. Furthermore, students are encouraged to develop the practical skills necessary for all future analytical practical applications.

Module Overview

Health and Disease provides an introduction to health and how health is disrupted by disease and disorder. Students will apply their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to help understand the underlying aetiology and clinical presentation of key communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Module Overview

Human Anatomy and Physiology provides an overview of the anatomical structure and physiology of the human body. It is intended to explore the role of the nervous and endocrine systems in the physiology of stress its role in homeostasis. The module also aims to enable students to identify and understand the function of human bones, muscles, and joints, and provides an overview of the anatomical structure and physiology of the heart, lung, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. It is intended to explore the components of the blood and immune system and their various functions, as well as enabling students to identify the anatomy and understand the physiology of the kidney, urogenital, and digestive systems.

Module Overview

Introduction to the Life Sciences is designed to provide a foundation for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of fundamental cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics in the context of life sciences.

Module Overview

This modules covers what makes a successful drug, the basics of drug discovery and development and utilisation. The concepts of pharmaceutical science are taught along with the types of drugs, their formulation and delivery.

Module Overview

This module is designed to provide students with the underpinning knowledge related to the analytical process, which is later applied to further modules in the programme. Secondly, it introduces the theoretical principles, instrumentation, automation and application of the principal separation techniques. Thirdly, it presents an essential suite of analytical tools utilised for inorganic analyses and speciation.

Module Overview

This module covers the most advanced techniques in analytical chemistry and their use, focusing on category A techniques providing structural information and as such utilised for unequivocable identification. To emphasise this analytical aspect, the module also introduces students to Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) development and associated experimental planning as well as advanced validation strategies. The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the advanced knowledge required to support later modules, and to develop the practical skills and independent thinking necessary for all future practical applications.

Module Overview

This module will aim to integrate the process of drug discovery and target selection in relation to therapeutic area and how drugs are formulated and delivered to the target. Learning will be in the context of examples of drugs, from discovery to their registration or attrition.

Module Overview

This module aims to integrate the process of drug development in relation to the way in which a dosage forms are formulated and delivered to the target. Learning will be in the context of examples of dosage form, drug delivery route and underlying formulation, particle design, physical chemistry and colloid science.

Module Overview

This module is concerned with the study of the mechanisms by which drugs interact with biochemical, cellular, and physiological systems. The module aims to provide an introduction to key pharmacology principles, provide a detailed knowledge of the mechanisms of actions of selected drugs, develop a critical appreciation of the importance and relevance of pharmacology in the treatment of diseases, and develop an understand the principles of toxicology and drug overdose.

Module Overview

The module provides an overview of how different systems in the body are key for maintaining homeostasis within the body and how alterations to these systems that occur as we age can lead to a variety of different blood disorders, haemostatic disorders, cancer, and neurological disease. The module will also introduce students to the use of laboratory techniques in the investigation of these diseases from both a theoretical and practical point of view and demonstrate how these are being used to help diagnose and distinguish between these different disorders.

Module Overview

This module provides an overview of the cellular and molecular basis of the immune response in health and human diseases. The structure, function, and complex mechanisms of host defence by B- and T-Cells will be discussed. Students will evaluate the role of inflammatory mediators, soluble effectors, and cellular cytotoxicity in inflammation and immunity.

Module Overview

This module provides an overview of medical and veterinary microbiology including virology, mycology and parasitology, both through study of specific organisms, but also through the study of a variety of body systems. The module considers the transmission of infectious disease, including a discussion regarding situations of medical and veterinary environments, and control and treatment of infectious disease.

Module Overview

This module looks at advanced aspects of pharmacology, aiming to build an understanding of drug-target engagement in relation to therapy, as well as drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics.

Module Overview

This module provides an overview of the role of cellular pathology in the diagnosis and monitoring of malignant and non-malignant diseases. This module intends to evaluate the normal and abnormal histology and ultra-structural features of human cells and tissues. The module enables students to appraise malignant and non-malignant cytology, and critically evaluate the role of multiple research and diagnostic techniques; ie. electron microscope and immunocytochemistry in pathological differential diagnosis. The module aims to enable students to understand and critically evaluate different methodologies of cancer treatment, how cancer drug resistance evolves, and investigation of the role of personalised medicine for optimum patient treatment/outcomes.

Module Overview

This module will build on the knowledge and understanding of microbiology and animal disease gained previously during the second year. The module aims to develop students’ understanding of the One Health approach to human and veterinary diseases, including protecting animal and human populations from infectious agents recently introduced through cross species transmission.

Module Overview

As technology evolves at a rapid pace, this module aims to cover the essentials of cutting edge methods for analysis and delivery and taking into account the problems and issues surrounding manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Module Overview

In this module students have the opportunity to undertake an independent programme of research under supervision from a member of staff. It provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate original and critical thought, as well as to build practical and project-management skills. A wide range of subject expertise exists within the School, and students are expected to select a project that is relevant to their programme of study. Under the guidance of a supervisor, students can review the literature, identify a hypothesis or hypotheses and design a programme of research to test their hypotheses. They will be expected to manage the project, including obtaining relevant ethical approval and conducting a risk assessment. They will collect and analyse data, recording their activities in a lab notebook. Projects can be conducted in the laboratory or field, as appropriate for their field of study, use mathematical modelling or use pre-collected data to test hypotheses via meta-analysis. Students may work individually or in groups addressing similar questions, but must write up individually. The project will be written up in the format of a scientific paper following closely the style of a key journal relevant to their area of study, or as a thesis.

Module Overview

This module covers the regulations that surround the pharmaceutical industry, from drug registration to laboratory, clinical and manufacturing standards

Module Overview

This module covers the major classes of toxicology, the way in which it is studied and the biochemical mechanisms. The module will focus on the toxicology and methods of study relevant to drug development.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

Human Anatomy and Physiology provides an overview of the anatomical structure and physiology of the human body. It is intended to explore the role of the nervous and endocrine systems in the physiology of stress its role in homeostasis. The module will also enable students to identify and understand the function of human bones, muscles and joints and provides an overview of the anatomical structure and physiology of the heart, lung, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It is intended to explore the components of the blood and immune system and their various functions, as well as enabling students to identify the anatomy and understand the physiology of the kidney, urogenital and digestive systems.

Module Overview

Introduction to the Life Sciences is designed to provide a foundation for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of fundamental cell biology, biochemistry and genetics in the context of life sciences.

Module Overview

This modules covers what makes a successful drug, the basics of drug discovery and development and utilisation. The concepts of pharmaceutical science are taught along with the types of drugs, their formulation and delivery.

Module Overview

This module will teach students key skills required to work in the Pharmaceutical Science Industry such as, statistics, mathematics, data handling, ethics and critical analysis. Case studies from the pharmaceutical sector will be used to highlight the key advantages of having an understanding of all the elements of the programme especially these key skills.

Module Overview

This module is designed to provide students with the underpinning knowledge related to the analytical process, which is later applied to further modules in the programme. Secondly, it introduces the theoretical principles, instrumentation, automation and application of the principal separation techniques. Thirdly, it presents an essential suite of analytical tools utilised for inorganic analyses and speciation.

Module Overview

This module covers the most advanced techniques in analytical chemistry and their use, focusing on category A techniques providing structural information and as such utilised for unequivocable identification. To emphasise this analytical aspect, the module also introduces students to Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) development and associated experimental planning as well as advanced validation strategies. The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the advanced knowledge required to support level 3 modules, and to develop the practical skills and independent thinking necessary for all future practical applications.

Module Overview

This module will aim to integrate the process of drug discovery and target selection in relation to therapeutic area and how drugs are formulated and delivered to the target. Learning will be in the context of examples of drugs, from discovery to their registration or attrition.

Module Overview

This module aims to integrate the process of drug development in relation to the way in which a dosage forms are formulated and delivered to the target. Learning will be in the context of examples of dosage form, drug delivery route and underlying formulation, particle design, physical chemistry and colloid science.

Module Overview

This module is concerned with the study of the mechanisms by which drugs interact with biochemical, cellular and physiological systems. The module aims to: • give an introduction to key pharmacology principles • provide a detailed knowledge of the mechanisms of actions of selected drugs • develop a critical appreciation of the importance and relevance of pharmacology in the treatment of diseases • Understand the principles of toxicology and drug overdose

Module Overview

This module provides an overview of the cellular and molecular basis of the immune response in health and human diseases. The structure, function and complex mechanisms of host defence by B- and T-Cells will be discussed. Students will evaluate the role of inflammatory mediators, soluble effectors and cellular cytotoxicity in inflammation and immunity.

Module Overview

This module provides an overview of medical and veterinary microbiology including virology, mycology and parasitology, both through study of specific organisms, but also through the study of a variety of body systems. The module considers the transmission of infectious disease, including a discussion regarding situations of medical and veterinary environments, and control and treatment of infectious disease.

Module Overview

Pharmaceutical Science is a multidisciplinary programme with many different sciences and skills pulled into one discipline and this module is designed to bring all learning together from single discipline modules and highlight the relevance to the pharmaceutical industry. This module will advance understanding and application of key skills required to work in the Pharmaceutical Science Industry such as, statistics, mathematics, data handling, ethics and critical analysis. Case studies from the pharmaceutical sector will be used to highlight the key advantages of having an understanding of all the elements of the programme especially these key skills.

Module Overview

This module studies the cutting edge of advanced drug delivery and nanomedicine, an area that sits at the interface of multiple scientific disciplines. The knowledge and skills gained will be highly applicable to future employment within the pharmaceutical industry and academia. Key is the understanding of how the body interacts with drug delivery vehicles and how this anatomical knowledge can be applied to the design of new more efficient drug carriers. By understanding the immunological basis of how toxicity evolves, this further optimises understanding of safety in the structural design of these systems.

Module Overview

This module looks at advanced aspects of pharmacology, aiming to build an understanding of drug-target engagement in relation to therapy, as well as drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics.

Module Overview

This module covers the regulations that surround the pharmaceutical industry, from drug registration to laboratory, clinical and manufacturing standards

Module Overview

This module explores novel therapies including biologics, nucleic acids, gene therapy and personalised medicines and dissects their potential use in the future. It will also explore the part genetics can play in the clinical use of these novel medicines and the impact it can have.

Module Overview

Within this module students will explore the challenges that occur around the world within the pharmaceutical field and how the industry is looking to overcome these challenges. Some of the areas that will be covered include: counterfeit medicine, medicine fraud, alternative medicines, natural products, green pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and transport of medicines.

Module Overview

The materials that go into pharmaceutical can vary greatly from nanoscale crystals to supramolecular polymers. All serve vital and distinct purposes but they have to be developed to create functional pharmaceutical products. This module allows students to develop an understanding of how these materials are formed, characterised and modified for a pharmaceutical application.

Module Overview

In this module students have the opportunity to undertake an independent programme of research under supervision from a member of staff. It provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate original and critical thought, as well as to build practical and project-management skills. A wide range of subject expertise exists within the School, and students are expected to select a project that is relevant to their programme of study. Under the guidance of a supervisor, students can review the literature, identify a hypothesis or hypotheses and design a programme of research to test their hypotheses. They will be expected to manage the project, including obtaining relevant ethical approval and conducting a risk assessment. They will collect and analyse data, recording their activities in a lab notebook. Projects can be conducted in the laboratory or field, as appropriate for their field of study, use mathematical modelling or use pre-collected data to test hypotheses via meta-analysis. Students may work individually or in groups addressing similar questions, but must write up individually. The project will be written up in the format of a scientific paper following closely the style of a key journal relevant to their area of study, or as a thesis.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How you are assessed

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC, to include a minimum grade C in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Practical elements must be passed.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall to include Higher Level grade 4 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science: Distinction, Merit, Merit.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points, including 32 points from 15 credits in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Science Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:
https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/sfysfyub/lifesciences/

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Entry Requirements 2021-22

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC, to include a minimum grade C in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Practical elements must be passed.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall to include Higher Level grade 4 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science: Distinction, Merit, Merit.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points, including 32 points from 15 credits in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Science Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/sfysfyub/

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.

Industry Visits and Placements

There may be opportunities to visit pharmaceutical companies and to learn from industrial scientists and leading experts through a programme of guest lectures. These costs are covered by the University.

Some courses offer students the opportunity to undertake placements. When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry (where available). Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Career Opportunities

This course aims to prepare graduates for a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Roles exist in industrial, commercial, and academic research, and in development roles within the medical and food industries. Graduates may also opt to undertake careers in scientific sales and marketing, science journalism, or education. Some graduates choose to undertake further study at postgraduate level.

"The time I spent in the laboratory enhanced my research and manual skills in the areas of synthetic and analytical chemistry."

Magda Krupczak, BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science student

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