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Pharmaceutical Science BSc(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

The pharmaceuticals sector is a growth area within the UK chemicals industry, with good job prospects for pharmaceutical scientists. Our graduates work in areas such as research, development, quality assurance, marketing and sales. Many have gained jobs in laboratories, in hospitals and in educational establishments. Graduates also often progress to a range of postgraduate studies, including teacher training and PhDs.

What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

Name: Kiran Gabbi
Year of graduation: 2018
Current status: Working in a chemical consultancy company

"Previously, I completed two years in another UK university offering pharmaceutical science. I made the decision to transfer to Kingston University for a better academic experience. Personally, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The support and guidance that I received from staff and the access to ultra-modern facilities at Kingston University enabled me to reach my full potential.

Almost all the lecturers have an open door policy which has had a great impact on my learning as it gave me the opportunity to be even more inquisitive as a scientist. Kingston allowed me to be a confident, proactive student with no limit to my progression. During my final year, I worked on a project titled: 'Inverse agonism in hypertrophied cardiac cells.'My supervisor gave me a huge amount of support and constantly believed in me so that I performed particularly well in this module which really made me feel like a skilled and competent laboratory scientist.

The course layout is extremely well structured and accessible for all. Having experience in two universities, I feel that Kingston knew how to get the best out of me and all the other students enrolled on the pharmaceutical science degree. The coursework that I did throughout the years helped me develop many skills. I learnt to be innovative during a business pitch assessment. I learnt how to manage and lead group projects, as well as how to be independent and lead projects independently as I did in my project.

I was also a taekwondo athlete for the University, competing at several student and national competitions. The sports programme at Kingston helped me financially which allowed me to juggle my commitments so that I could still compete at a high level. There is a great gym on campus which again allowed me to keep a healthy balance as a student and an athlete.

The staff will push you to the maximum so that you make the most of your abilities and talents, which is the best thing as a young, keen student. If you are willing, they will be there to get you through to reach your goal. I am pleased to say I graduated with a first-class honours in Pharmaceutical Science BSc in July 2018. Two months later, I have landed my first role in an energy and chemical consultancy company in Oxford."

 

Examples of graduate destinations

Types of jobs

  • Research scientist
  • PhD student
  • Drug safety associate
  • Strategic alliance manager
  • Research assistant
  • Quality control analyst
  • Clinical trial project manager
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Optical assistant/dispenser
  • Marketing research
  • Medical publisher

Employers

  • Parallel Drug Imports
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Braun Medical
  • St George's Hospital
  • EH Lilly
  • NHS
  • King Opticians
  • Alcontrol Lab
  • Nemaura Pharma Ltd
  • Quotient BioResearch
  • Syngenta
  • Medtrack

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.

Students practising interview skills at a 'speed interviewing' eventThe team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, in the picture here students are practising their interview skills with real employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:

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Contact us

Submit an enquiry

020 3308 9931*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.

Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

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