Aim: This course is designed for physical and chemical science graduates, who wish to embark on a career in pharmaceutical research or manufacturing, or government agencies. The program provides essential knowledge and practical experience of medicine manufacture, design and quality assurance.
Course Structure:. The course starts in October with the formal taught modules which include: • Drug discovery and drug design • Principles of drug delivery and drug product design • Advances in drug delivery – an introduction to novel technologies • Pharmaceutical analysis and regulatory guidelines • Pharmaceutical microbiology and asceptic manufacturing techniques • Pharmaceutical manufacturing processes
Students may be sent on a short industrial placement during their second semester. A four month research project is integrated into the second semester on completion of which the student will be required to submit a 10,000 word dissertation. The assessment of each taught module includes course work and a written examination paper at the end of semester 2.
Careers: Careers in the pharmaceutical industry (Research and Development, Production and Regulatory Affairs), academic and other research institutions, NHS or with government agencies such as drug licensing authorities will be appropriate for graduates of this course. This program offers a lead into a research career that would potentially lead to a PhD.