|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||Foundation year £7,700 then £9,250 per annum*|
|Full time international tuition fee:||£12,660 per annum|
|Full-time industrial placement year fee:||£1007 per annum*|
*Subject to yearly increases
About your course
The BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University is the ideal course if you are interested in this subject but lack the necessary qualifications to study it at degree level.
- A degree leading to a higher than average salary
- Graduates highly sought after in the UK’s fastest growing manufacturing industries
- Option to undertake a 12-month industrial placement
- Support from a personal tutor for the duration of your course
- Wide range of career opportunities in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnological, food, healthcare, cosmetics and related industries
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
Anybody applying is making a brilliant choice of course with plenty of variety in the course content and good potential for work in the pharmaceutical industry.
Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.
Work-related learning is a vital element of your studies, as it will give you that extra competitive edge when you come to negotiate your way around the graduate job market. For this reason, we highly recommend that you opt to undertake an industrial placement after Level 5. Although this is not compulsory, it will boost your job prospects and give you a chance to put into practice skills and knowledge you have acquired in the first three years at LJMU.
In addition to the specialist skills you will gain while studying for this degree, you will also benefit from LJMU’s World of Work programme so that by the time you graduate you will already have an impressive set of skills that potential employers look for.
These include numeracy, problem solving, data handling, analysis, observation, team working, communication and report writing, which can open up opportunities in a vast range of career areas, both inside and outside the laboratory.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.
There will be times during your course when you need guidance and advice related to your academic studies or more personal matters. For this reason you will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of your course and take part in small tutorial groups where you can discuss course material in a more informal setting.
Individual support is also particularly valuable when you work independently on your third year research project and work-based learning modules, so you will be allocated a supervisor who will discuss aspects of your work in one-to-one tutorials.
On this course you will learn about the science of medicines, from the identification and isolation of biologically active compounds through to the isolation, analysis and formulation into drugs for clinical use.
About the Foundation Year
The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the Pharmaceutical Science honours degree programme.
Once you pass the Foundation Year, you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).
About the BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science degree
We would recommend that you take advantage of the opportunity to complete a one year placement in the pharmaceutical industry after Level 5 as it will give direct experience of working in the industry, helping you identify career options and adding real value to your CV after graduation.
The course will not only give you technological know-how, but also the transferable and change management skills to give you that competitive edge when it comes to climbing the career ladder.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Skills and Perspectives in Science 1
- Introductory Chemistry and Cell Biology
- Fundamentals of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
- Skills and Perspectives in Science 2
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
- Physical Pharmaceutics
- Organic Chemistry
- Principles of Human Biology
- Formulation Science
- Analytical Chemistry
- Biologically Active Molecules
- Pharmaceutical Formulation
- Synthetic and Natural Drugs
- Principles of Pharmacology
- Sterile Pharmaceutical Products
- Pharmaceutical Analysis
- Integrated Approaches to Therapeutics
- Year-long placement
- Research Methods and Project
- Industrial Drug Development
- Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis
- Advanced Delivery Systems
- Clinical Drug Development
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.Programme specification document (PDF)
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources.
Teaching is mainly via lectures, but you will also attend workshops, seminars, laboratory sessions and tutorials. You will be able to find the content of lectures on Blackboard (our virtual learning environment), and workshops provide a forum for discussing the material covered with fellow students. Practical laboratory work is highly valued as this is where you get a chance to practise your data skills as well as planning, research methodology and analysis.
Expert tuition and support.
Your lecturers come from a long tradition of high-quality teaching, innovation and student support within the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. Teaching is directly informed by research, so you can be confident that what you learn on the course is relevant to today's professional chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including assignments (on and offline), case studies, project work, presentations, exams, peer assessment, and assessment of work-based learning. Over the course of your degree, you will also put together a portfolio of evidence of learning and reflection which will be particularly important for recording your work-based learning.
You will have the chance to discuss your core skills performance at personal development planning sessions with a personal tutor, and sometimes with a Faculty of Science skills support officer. They will judge your graduate skills development with the same rigour as your academic work.
Your World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications
GCSE and equivalents
- Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English Prior to starting the programme
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 1
- Subject specific requirements: Preferably 1 A2 Level in a relevant science subject
- Is general studies acceptable? No
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: CCD
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: DD if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMM if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken in a relevant subject area, with an overall merit profile. (require minimum merits)
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points - specific grades are required from Science
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 88 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
Additional entry requirement information
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
NoIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Finance and fees
Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.
The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.
If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.
Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.
As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.
For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.
The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.
Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance
Paying back your student loans
Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.
The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.
As a group, the chemical, pharmaceutical and allied industries form the UK's largest manufacturing industry, growing more than five times faster than any industry in the last ten years.
The chemical, pharmaceutical and allied industries are manufacturing's number one exporter, with an annual trade surplus of just under £5 billion. It spends over £2 billion a year on new capital investment.
On average, a full-time employee in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries earns 19% more than in other manufacturing industries. This degree programme is the ideal platform from which to launch your career as it is designed to meet the high demand for highly skilled and technology literate people to help these industries continue to be innovative and compete on a global scale.
As a Pharmaceutical Science graduate, you can expect a career in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnological, food, healthcare, cosmetics, and related industries, in fields such as information science, formulation, quality assurance, quality control, regulatory affairs, clinical trials, product registration, research and development, production control, production management and marketing.
However, some graduates choose not to pursue careers in these industries and can be found working in banks, hospitals, offices, schools, or even in an outdoor environment.
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.
Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.
For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.
International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes
LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.
When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).
LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes