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Pharmaceutical Science (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #801 (QS) Hatfield, United Kingdom
This Pharmaceutical Science (Hons) course, offered by University of Hertfordshire, has been developed in collaboration with local and national biotech and pharmaceutical companies to ensure that its content stays relevant and it gives you up-to-date skills. 
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Modules give you a fundamental understanding of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and pharmacology, before building your specialist knowledge in drug design, formulation development, and clinical testing. At the same time, you’ll develop the essential capabilities employers want to see in their graduate employees.

First year 

You will study modules introducing you to the fundamentals of pharmaceutical chemistry and analytical chemistry, biology and biochemistry, as well as human physiology and pharmacology. You will learn to use a range of experimental techniques and analytical tools in practice as well as in theory. You will develop strong data evaluation and presentation skills.

Second year

You will study analytical chemistry at an advanced level, dosage form design and manufacture, methods in drug design, formulation development and a more specialist pharmacology module. This will give you the scientific knowledge, laboratory and analytical skills to undertake a work placement year in any stage of the pharmaceutical drug development pipeline with one of our overseas partners.

Work placement/study abroad

We strongly recommend that our students undertake a supervised work placement; recent placements have been based in government and charity-funded research institutions, healthcare companies, agrochemical, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, environmental agencies and the NHS.

Alternatively, you can choose to spend the year studying at one of our partner universities.

Final year

In your final year, you will spend one entire semester carrying out an independent extended research project, enabling you to develop and hone the laboratory, research and documentation skills sought by employers.  You will also study modules in pharmaceutical industry practice; simulating real-life industry scenarios, and the translation of laboratory science into clinical trials and marketed products, as well as being able to specialize in a core discipline including medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical formulation development or pharmacology.


This Pharmaceutical Science (Hons) course from University of Hertfordshire has been designed with the input from potential employers such as the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory bodies to provide students with highly marketable knowledge and skills for a variety of different career options.

The course teaches scientific principles through practical, laboratory-based elements to open up lab-based employment opportunities in the pharmaceutical sector. Students will also learn about key concepts underpinning pharmaceutical research from the point of first discovery of a potential drug through to the manufacture of a new medicine, and the regulations associated with this process.  

This knowledge enables and supports office-based career opportunities such as marketing, quality assurance/regulation, or potentially in pharmaceutical sales. More general professional development skills are embedded within our modules to help students to develop their communication and IT skills expected by many employers.

While the course is principally designed to produce graduates for the pharmaceutical industry and related agencies, many of the skills are transferable to related sectors such as the food and drink, cosmetics, agrochemical and biotechnology industries as well as industrial, academic and charity funded research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Physiology with Pharmacology
  • Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry
  • Foundations of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Biology and Biochemistry
  • Dosage, Form, Design and Manufacture
  • Pharmacology
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques and Quality Assurance
  • Methods in Drug Design
  • Applied and Integrated Pharmacological Science
  • Project
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Practice
  • Topics in Medicine Design
  • Advances in Pharmaceutical Formulation and Drug Delivery 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • 112 - 168 UCAS points 
  • A Levels- Including 2 Science A levels including C grade or above in Chemistry  (acceptable Science A levels are Human Biology, Biology, Psychology, Geography, Maths & Physics).
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with a minimum DMM profile to include a minimum of 6 chemistry-titled units at merit or above.
  • Access to Science Diploma with a merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3, 12 of which must be in Chemistry titled modules with a minimum of merit grade.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Hatfield

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The National Scholarship Programme (NSP) is a Government initiative to help with the costs associated with going to University.

All eligible University of Hertfordshire students joining in September 2014 will receive this scholarship. We expect approximately 660 scholarships to be awarded.

The scholarship is for students on qualifying undergraduate degree courses.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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