Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Top-Up) BSc(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

10

About the course

Course detail

Analytical Science 3

In this module, you’ll have the chance to learn advanced theory of chromatography, with a particular emphasis on techniques that are applicable to toxicological analysis. A range of different chromatographic methods will be presented, with examples of their uses. Principles of analytical toxicology will be introduced, including absorption, distribution and metabolism of drugs in the body and sample collection and preparation. The module is assessed by coursework and a final exam.

Chemical Therapeutics

Society needs new medical advances to combat the diseases that surround us. In this module, we’ll highlight the chemical and biological principles that you’ll require to design new potential drug molecules. You’ll have the opportunity to look at areas of therapy including antibacterial agents, drugs that act on the nervous system, anti-cancer drugs, anti-viral drugs, anti-ulcer drugs and drugs used to treat cardiovascular disease. Assessment is by coursework and an exam.

Molecular Targets and Drug Design

This module will cover the molecular and cellular targets of medicines and will focus on the biological macromolecules that they interact with. All classes of biological macromolecules will be covered including: proteins (enzymes and receptors); nuclei acids (DNA, RNA and their biosynthetic machinery) and carbohydrates. The main focus of the lectures and tutorials will be to provide a comprehensive analysis of the general principles of drug action for students with a chemical and biological background. It is of interest to those wanting to learn about drug design and the molecular mechanisms by which drugs act.

Pharmaceutics 3

This module gives you the opportunity to extend your understanding of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics, and your knowledge of all the different dosage forms not covered in years 1 and 2. Different delivery methods, routes of delivery and formulation type will be individually reviewed including oral and aerosol formulations. Formulation approaches to targeting the different routes of delivery (buccal, colon, rectal, nasal, ophthalmic, pulmonary and transdermal) will also be covered. Assessment is by coursework (including laboratory reports) and an exam.

The taught modules bring together some of the aspects of advance pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry to enable you to understand present day drug design, activity and delivery.Option modules allow you to gain deeper knowledge of organic chemistry or to undertake a major research project.

Entry requirements

The admissions process will be in conjunction with other courses of the Chemical Sciences suite.

Entry will normally proceed through formal progression agreements with overseas partner institutions.

For entry student should have been performing at a 1st class level (exact qualifying grades to be determined through liaison with departmental admissions tutors, International Office and partner institution) in their prior undergraduate studies where credit equivalent to Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) or Higher National Diploma (HND) (equivalent of 120 F-level and 120 I-level credits).

Other candidates may be considered requesting course transfer from other institutions on a similar basis with decisions made on an individual basis.

Candidates will be at least 18 years of age by 31st December of the year of entry.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, iGCSE English at grade B, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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