2022/23 entry

BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years, 4 years with placement

UCAS code:


Points required:




Tuition fees (per year)

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International (full-time):
Placement (home student):
Placement (international student):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Why study Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 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 (placement is not guaranteed)
  • 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

About your course

Completing the BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science degree programme at Liverpool John Moores University will help ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects and enhanced earning potential in a variety of sectors after you graduate.

On this degree programme you will learn about the physical and chemical properties of pharmaceutically and cosmetically relevant molecules, how they are formulated into delivery systems and their interaction with the human body. The aim of the course is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of core subject matter and first-hand experience of relevant laboratory techniques to enable you to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical or cosmetic industries or progress to further study. The programme has been designed to give you a solid foundation in the subjects that underpin Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science and then to explore how research and development procedures are applied in the industry.

The course will not only give you technological know-how, but also the transferable key skills to give you that competitive edge when it comes to climbing the career ladder. We encourage you take advantage of the opportunity to complete a one year placement 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.

"I had the opportunity to do a work placement at BASF in Germany. This experience has given me the confidence and knowledge to go on and do a PhD "

Andrew Cashmore, Graduate

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)


  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


Successful graduates can enjoy above average salaries in this fast growing sector

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. It is 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.

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 and Cosmetic 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. 

Graduates can also choose to continue their studies at LJMU by undertaking one of the many postgraduate masters courses available, such as MSc Drug Discovery, Development and DeliveryMSc Industrial Biotechnology or MSc Cosmetic Science​.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

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What you will study on this degree

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Physical Pharmaceutics
20 credits

This module will introduce the basic principles of physical chemistry as they relate to the formulation of drug products.

Organic Chemistry
20 credits

This module enables you to explore the structure, bonding, functionality and reactions of organic molecules with specific reference to pharmaceutically important drugs. You will also develop your ability to practice chemical laboratory skills.

Principles of Human Biology
20 credits

This module enables you to explore principles of human physiology and pathology with respect to homeostatic mechanisms. You will learn about bacteria, viruses and fungus and their role in human health and disease.

Formulation Science
20 credits

This module enables you to understand the physicochemical properties of active pharmaceutical ingredients and introduces you to the basic principles of pharmaceutical formulation.

Analytical Chemistry
20 credits

This module provides you with the basic, practical and relevant mathematical and analytical chemistry foundation for the quantitative aspects all Pharmaceutical modules. 

Biologically Active Molecules
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop your ability to gather, evaluate and communicate scientific information in order to facilitate the application of information presented to solve problems. 

Level 5

Core modules

Pharmaceutical Formulation
20 credits

This module introduces you to the formulation, manufacture and testing of solid oral pharmaceutical dosage forms (tablets and capsules) as well as the development of oral modified release dosage forms.

Synthetic and Natural Drugs
20 credits

This module aims to present and illustrate the principles and processes involved in the discovery, acquisition of, and analysis of a range of natural, synthetic and biotechnologically produced drugs. 

Principles of Pharmacology
20 credits

The module aims to develop your knowledge of anatomical, physiological and pharmacological organisation of biological systems. 

Sterile Pharmaceutical Products
20 credits

This module enables you to learn about the formulation, preparation, manufacture and quality control of sterile products. You will be able to describe and discuss the principles and practice of sterilisation and the concepts of quality assurance of sterile products.

Pharmaceutical Analysis
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge, practical experience and interpretation skills necessary for the quantitative and qualitative analysis of chemical species relevant to the pharmaceutical industry.

Principles of Cosmetic Products
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge of the scientific principles applied in the preparation and analysis of cosmetic products.

Level 6

Core modules

Research Methods and Project
40 credits

The aim of the module is to enable you to plan, execute and report results of a research project in the area of pharmaceutical sciences, using a range of appropriate resources and methodology.

Industrial Drug Development
20 credits

Within this module, you will gain information relating to pharmaceutical manufacturing processes and the associated regulatory controls to ensure consistency of patient safety.

Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis
20 credits

The module is designed to provide you with the concepts and practical experience necessary to pursue a career in an analytical role in the pharmaceutical industry, and to be aware of the limitations of analytical techniques upon which you may rely for information.

Advanced Delivery Systems
20 credits

This module will present and illustrate methods for the formulation and application of advanced drug delivery systems.

Clinical Drug Development
20 credits

The aim of this module is to gain an awareness and understanding of preclinical testing and management and regulation of clinical trials in the process of drug development. 

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

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 Canvas (our virtual learning environment), while 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.

Work-related learning

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 encourage you opt to undertake an industrial placement after your second year. 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 two years.

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 so you will be allocated a supervisor who will discuss aspects of your work in one-to-one tutorials.

The school is fully committed to promoting a learning environment that supports a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has a Disability Support Coordinator, an EDI Coordinator and a School EDI Working Group. Personal Tutors also play a vital role in promoting awareness of support services for students.


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 and peer assessment. If you do a sandwich year you will be required to put together a portfolio to record 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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Raida Al Kassas

Dr Raida Al Kassas

Programme Leader

Raida has a PhD in Nanotechnology, Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems, obtained from Queen’s University, Belfast. She previously worked as an Associate Professor in Pharmaceutics at King Saud University and Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics and Nanotechnology at the University of Auckland. Raida is a member of LJMU's Formulation and Drug Delivery research group. Her area of research is focused upon improving the safety and efficacy of medicines using nanotechnology. She has successfully established a research programme in the use of nanoparticles for incorporation of bioactive small and macromolecules, such as DNA, siRNA, antigens and proteins for immunization and the treatment of cancer. Raida has also conducted research into ocular drug delivery using advanced pharmaceutical formulations.

"I teach the students to recognise the relevance of the topic in the context to which they can relate. I particularly enjoy mentoring students, celebrating their success and seeing the results of my hard work with them"


What you can expect from your School

You will study at the Byrom Street site in the university’s City Campus in the heart of Liverpool. Our state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching spaces will ensure you enjoy a first-class study environment. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications: 104

GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • 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
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Numb

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: Grade C or above in Chemistry and preferably one further science subject
  • Is general studies acceptable? No
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM - Only BTEC in Applied Science is acceptable

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Overall Merit in relevant science discipline

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points - needs to include advanced level Chemistry and Biology.

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects. Biology and Chemistry must be taken at higher level.


  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable

Alternative qualifications considered

​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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