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.
Pharmaceutical Science encompasses a range of scientific disciplines to introduce students to the exciting world of drug discovery, development and management. This 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 life-saving effects can be safely harnessed.
At Lincoln, our academic staff include experienced researchers and practitioners. The programme is closely aligned with the pharmaceutical industry and has been developed with input from employers.
How You Study
The course includes lectures, seminars, laboratory-based practical classes and lectures from visiting scientists from the pharmaceutical industry. Blackboard, a virtual learning environment is also used to deliver content including various E-learning tools.
The first year introduces core subjects such as chemistry, biochemistry and metabolism, human anatomy and disease. During the second year, students progress to examine the analytical methods relevant to drug development, medicine delivery, immunology, pharmacology and toxicology, in addition to learning key research techniques. The third year introduces advanced subjects, as well as the regulatory and ethical standards that apply to industry professionals.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
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.
There are opportunities to visit pharmaceutical companies and to learn from industrial scientists and leading experts in the industry through a programme of visiting guest lectures. Visits that are part of the course incur no extra costs to students.
Student as Producer
Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.
The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teachings and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BCC, to include a minimum grade C in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Practical elements must be passed.
- International Baccalaureate: 28 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 104 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.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
About the School
Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.