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BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science

Start date:
Study mode:
Course duration:
4 years Placement year, 3 years FullTime
UCAS Code:
Grades/points required:
BCC-BBB (104-120)

Tuition fees

Home full-time per year
International full-time per year
Placement year
Placement year international
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.

BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science – meet our alumni - YouTube

"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.

A DBS check is not required for your application, however a DBS may be required for modules where there is a work based learning placement option. Work based learning placements that do not require a DBS check are available.


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 Delivery, MSc Industrial Biotechnology or MSc Cosmetic Science.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

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

Level 4

Core modules

Physical Properties
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 and Disease
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.

Optional Modules

Sandwich Year - Pharmaceutical Science
120 credits

The aim is to provide students with an extended period of work experience at an approved partner that will complement their programme of study at LJMU. This will give students the opportunity to develop professional skills relevant to their programme of study as well as the attitude and behaviours necessary for employment in a diverse and changing environment. This extended placement forms a key part of a sandwich degree. All placements need to be assessed and approved prior to commencement in line with the LJMU Placement Learning Code of Practice. The Code of Practice requires students to conduct themselves in a professional and responsible manner during the placement - failure to do so may lead to the placement being terminated prematurely. Placements are normally for one calendar year on a full-time basis. Split placements of a shorter duration may be permissible. There is an expectation that a minimum of 1200 hours will be spent in the workplace.

Study Year Abroad - Pharmaceutical Science
120 credits

The aim is to provide students with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner that will complement their programme at LJMU. This is an additional year of full-time study at an approved higher education institution. The modules to be studied must be agreed in advance, and must be appropriate for the student's programme of study. Assuming successful completion of this year, mark-bearing credit will be awarded by the Faculty Recognition Group. The grade conversion scale to be used will be made available in advance of the year abroad.

Study Semester Abroad - Pharmaceutical Science
60 credits

The aim is to provide students with a semester of study at an approved overseas partner that will replace one semester of their LJMU programme at level 5.This is a semester of full-time study at an approved higher education institution which will replace one semester of level 5 study at LJMU. The modules to be studied must be agreed in advance, and must be an appropriate substitute for the modules being replaced. Assuming successful completion of this semester, mark-bearing credit will be awarded by the Faculty Recognition Group. The grade conversion scale to be used will be made available in advance of the semester abroad.

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 Product 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.

Safety Assessment of Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics
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

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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Grades/points required from qualifications: BCC-BBB (104-120)

Qualification requirements

GCSEs and equivalents

Grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics/ Numeracy.

GCSE Equivalences accepted:
• 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
• Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
• Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A levels


Grade C or above in Chemistry and preferably one further science subject


Extended Diploma: DMM Only BTEC in Applied Science is acceptable

Access awards

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Pass overall with a minimum of 104 points in Science related discipline

International Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications. Needs to include advanced level biology and chemistry

OCR Cambridge Technical

Extended Diploma: DMM Only BTEC in Applied Science is acceptable

Irish awards

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Chemistry and Biology must be taken at Higher Level

T levels

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications.

You need to obtain the required UCAS points from a related subject area.

International requirements


    6.0 overall with no component below 5.5, taken within two years of the course start date.


International entry requirements

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

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

UCAS is the official application route for our full-time undergraduate courses. Further information on the UCAS application process can be found here https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-students/how-to-apply.

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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