Pharmaceutical Science (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

Our Pharmaceutical Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) is a four-year degree that provides the ideal start if you wish to pursue a career in pharmaceutical science, but don’t have the necessary entry requirements to study a three-year course in pharmaceutical science. This degree will help you make a difference to people lives though the development of new drugs for treating disease and with its built-in foundation year you’ll learn the key principles of pharmacology that will help you to progress through the rest of your course.

Course details

The foundation year of our Pharmaceutical Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree will focus on a combination of biology and chemistry needed to examine the design of drugs. You’ll learn about the organic chemistry of molecules, basic cell structures and the underlying concepts that drive chemical reactions. The knowledge you’ll gain in the foundation year will fully equip you for the rest of this four-year course.
  • 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 learn from and be supported by our committed tutors who are experts in the field of pharmaceutical science and who will help you develop your academic competencies and confidence.

As a student on this course you’ll have access to our £30 million Science Centre. Our Superlab is one of the largest and most advanced teaching facilities in Europe, housing over 280 workstations with specialist professional equipment.

Should you wish to change your chosen specialism after your foundation year there will be some flexibility to do so.


Entry requirements

at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)

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.

  • Biochemistry (core, 15 credits)
  • Biology (core, 30 credits)
  • Chemistry (core, 30 credits)
  • Foundation Year Project (CPS) (core, 15 credits)
  • Scientific Studies (core, 30 credits)
  • 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)