Explore and understand the science behind drug discovery, development and distribution, and develop essential laboratory skills, with our BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science degree.
Our Pharmaceutical Science degree course will develop your understanding of the science that underpins medicine, preparing you to translate scientific discoveries and technological advances into improved healthcare.
As part of your degree, you’ll learn all about how the human body functions, the impact diseases can have on the body and how normal function can be restored through the use of drug therapy.
Not only that, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on skills that will give you the edge in the pharmaceutical industry, including essential laboratory skills, research techniques and both inter and intraprofessional skills.
What’s the difference between pharmaceutical science and pharmacy?
Pharmaceutical science focuses on the research and development of new medical treatments. Pharmacy focuses on dispensing those treatments directly to patients.
At ARU, we know that your future career is important and you want to build your CV. As such, we work with employers to ensure that you graduate with all the knowledge, skills and abilities to give you the edge you need to succeed in a competitive employment market.
In the National Student Survey 2022 our students noted that they value the learning opportunities available at ARU.
As a Pharmaceutical Science student at ARU, you’ll get the chance to apply your newly acquired knowledge and skills in our category 2 laboratory in Chelmsford.
Once you graduate from our Pharmaceutical Science degree, you’ll be ready to pursue a career in the medical field. From pharmaceutical companies to public health or the food and cosmetic industries, it’s up to you where your degree takes you.
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As part of your Pharmaceutical Science studies with ARU, you’ll be able to enhance your learning experience with:
Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Professor of Pharmaceutics and Nanomedicine
Once you graduate, you’ll be in a strong position to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry where you could find yourself focusing on research, quality assurance or regulatory affairs. You could even utilise your new-found knowledge to give you the edge in marketing or sales.
Do you need a Pharmaceutical Science course to become a pharmacist?
No, to become a pharmacist you need a Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree. However, to become a pharmacy technician there are several possible routes, including a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science combined with a Pharmacy course.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MSc Pharmaceutical Science. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
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