Pharmaceutical Sciences (2013/14) University of Ulster

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2013/14 Pharmaceutical Sciences

Award PgDip/MSc
Attendance Full time, Part time
Campus Coleraine
Faculty Life and Health Sciences
Level Postgraduate

The Programme

The PgDip/MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences offers academically challenging, coherent, progressive and vocationally relevant education. It will also provide rigorous training that is underpinned by appropriate research in pharmaceutical sciences and professional skills.

The course aims to develop high calibre and readily employable pharmaceutical scientists fit for employment in pharmaceutical and related industries.

Structure and Content

Modules

Semester 1 (Level M)
Research Methodologies (including project planning) PHS700 (Compulsory) (30 Credit points)
Quality Assurance and Instrumental Methods in Pharmaceutical Sciences PHS701 (Compulsory) (30 Credit points)

Semester 2 (Level M)Drug Discovery, Development & Delivery PHS702 (Compulsory) (30 Credit points)
Specialisation Module (one from the following modules)**
Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems PHS703 (Optional) (30 Credit points)
Analysis of Medicines and Medicinal Natural Products PHS704 (Optional) (30 Credit Points)
Pharmacological Evaluation of Drugs PHS705 (Optional) (30 Credit Points)

Semester 3 (Level M)
Research Project* PHS706 (Core) (60 Credit points)

*Successful completion of the Research Project module is essential only for the award of an MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and not necessary for the award of a PgDip in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
**Depends on demand, and at least 5 students MUST choose any option.

Duration and Mode of Attendance

Full-time:
PgDip: one academic year (two semesters, 120 credit points)
MSc: a further semester (three semesters, 180 credit points)

Part-time:
PgDip: two academic years
MSc: two academic years

Attendance
All students are expected to be fully committed to, and engaged in the active learning process, and attend all classes associated with the programme and be punctual and regular in attendance.

Entry Conditions

Graduate degree in subjects such as Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or Biomedical Sciences or, an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification where a significant amount of chemistry and biology were taught.

A qualification deemed to be equivalent to the above may also be considered on an individual basis and may require candidates to attend for interview.

Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent), or for applicants whose first language is not English, a certificate of English proficiency (a minimum overall score of 6 in IELTS/550 in TOEFL or equivalent) is required. In addition, in the IELTS, there should be no individual band score of below 5.5.

It is desirable for students to have been exposed to the pharmaceutical industry in a development or production capacity and to have a sound understanding of analytical techniques relevant to pharmacy, such as chromatographic procedures, and the methods used to formulate simple medicines.

Entry to this course is subject to the outcome of medical screening.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

The teaching and learning methods will incorporate a combination of formal lectures, practical laboratory work, structured tutorials, student-centred learning approach, research project and distance learning. An appropriate blend of existing, well-accepted and well-tested effective teaching delivery methods will be employed to optimise students' learning experience and to achieve the objectives and learning outcomes of this course.

Assessment
The methods to assess the learning outcomes of the course will be varied, and appropriate to the learning outcomes of each module. In practice, all currently available and validated methods of assessment for taught courses (in the School of Biomedical Sciences), e.g. formal written exams, laboratory reports, open book exams, presentations, oral examinations, and scientific paper and thesis writing (for Project module), will be utilised as appropriate.

Exemptions and Transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of the programme provided that:

(a) They shall register as students of the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level in respect of a Masters award and at least 50% of the credit value of the award in respect of a Postgraduate Diploma award.
(b) No exemption shall be permitted from the Research Project module.

Careers And Postgraduate Opportunities

This post-graduate course is tailor-made to meet the demands of employers in the pharmaceutical industry sectors. This course is suitable for those who wish to follow careers in pharmaceutical and related industries and also as academics in various universities to enhance and promote education in the area of pharmaceutical sciences. As the proposed course will have significant amounts of research elements, it is assumed that a number of post-graduates from this course may choose further post-graduate research studies, such as PhD level studies.

Students will be encouraged and guided to engage with the Careers Service at the University to avail of relevant employability training and support, alongside other students in the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Contact Details

The Faculty Office
Life and Health Sciences
Tel: 028 70123099
Email: science@ulster.ac.uk

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