Pharmaceutical Science - BSc (Hons)

Our vocationally oriented Pharmaceutical Science degree course combines biology and chemistry to examine drug design, targets and delivery. You’ll learn how drugs affect the human body through theoretical teaching, lab work and optional work placements, and will be taught by a number of research-active staff who have close links with the industry.

Course details

If you’ve ever wondered how new medicines are invented, this could be the course for you. You’ll follow the entire process of rational drug design, from identifying biological targets that link to diseases to optimising lead compounds that recognise these targets.
  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

London Metropolitan University

Course overview

You’ll also learn about the parameters that affect the delivery of drugs to specific sites in the body, in order to gain a better understanding of how drugs can be administered to deliver maximum results with minimum side effects.

In your first year, you’ll gain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of chemistry and related biological subjects. As the course progresses, you’ll cover these topics at a greater depth, as well as having the opportunity to specialise in subjects that interest you.

The practical elements of this course will be undertaken in our £30 million Science Centre, which is equipped with over 280 workstations and state-of-the-art specialist laboratories. You’ll also get the chance to undertake a work placement in your third year, where you’ll gain valuable, real-world experience.


Entry requirements

a minimum of 112 points from A levels including a C in Chemistry, or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credit

English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

What the students say

To me, London Met’s best quality is the individual approach to each student. If you struggle with anything, you can talk to any lecturer or academic mentor from your course. Also, the laboratory facilities allow us to do everything ourselves, which allows people like me, visual learners, to understand the mechanism easier.


The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

  • Cell Biology (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits)
  • Fundamental Chemical Concepts (core, 15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits)
  • General Chemistry (core, 15 credits)
  • Introduction to Laboratory Skills (core, 15 credits)
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry (core, 15 credits)
  • Key Principles in Chemistry (core, 15 credits)
  • Laboratory Techniques with Data Handling (core, 15 credits)
  • Organic Ring Systems (core, 15 credits)
  • Organic Unsaturated Molecules (core, 15 credits)
  • Principles of Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Delivery (core, 15 credits)
  • Principles of Pharmacodynamics (core, 15 credits)
  • Quantitative Analysis (core, 15 credits)
  • Spectroscopic Methods (core, 15 credits)
  • Coordination and solution chemistry of d and f block complexes (option, 15 credits)
  • Human Immunity (option, 15 credits)
  • Metabolism (option, 15 credits)
  • Microbiology (option, 15 credits)
  • Molecular Biology (option, 15 credits)
  • Solid State and Organometallic Chemistry (option, 15 credits)
  • Formulation and Quality Assurance of Solutions, Suspensions and Emulsions (core, 15 credits)
  • Formulations and Quality Assurance of Solids and Semi-solids (core, 15 credits)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (core, 15 credits)
  • Research Project (core, 30 credits)
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (alternative core, 15 credits)
  • Natural Products (alternative core, 15 credits)
  • Advanced Bioanalytical Science (option, 15 credits)
  • Advanced Inorganic Techniques (option, 15 credits)
  • Neuropharmacology (option, 15 credits)
  • Sandwich Placement (option, 30 credits)
  • Systems Pharmacology (option, 15 credits)
  • Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (option, 15 credits)
  • Work Placement (for Life Sciences) (option, 15 credits)