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Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science

BSc (Hons)

Typical offer for 2024
UCAS code

Suitable for applications.

Entry requirements

Typical offer - 112 UCAS tariff points.

A levels

BBC to include Biology or Chemistry with a minimum grade B and one other Science subject (Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Psychology). General Studies or Critical Thinking is not accepted as the third A Level subject.

Please note that where a science A Level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

T levels

Not accepted for this course.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Applied Science - DMM in a relevant science to include at least 4 units of Chemistry or Biology at Merit.

Applicants on Access Programmes

112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma – Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Biology or Chemistry at Distinction.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points to include either HL Chemistry or Biology at Grade 6 and 1 other HL Science subject, plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Mathematics and English Language and Literature A or English B.

Plus minimum of

GCSE English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements

Minimum IELTS 6.0 with no subtest less than 5.5 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, and you have a UKVI approved IELTS, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Foundation Year entry

If you are a UK student and do not meet the entry requirements for this course, our Foundation Year has a route to Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science BSc (Hons).

Foundation Year entry requirements

72 UCAS points or equivalent plus an English Language, Maths and Science qualification equivalent to GCSE Grade 4.

Study and progression requirements

Pass each module and achieve a programme average of at least 55%.

In addition to the relevant core modules, you must study Foundation in Human Biology and Foundation in Chemistry.

If you are an international student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, you may be interested in our International College.

Transferring from another university

Applications for advanced entry will not be considered for this programme.

Learning and assessment

The course will be delivered as follows:

  • 60% lectures and team-based learning
  • 40% practical elements in lab and manufacturing settings

Guest lectures will be delivered by experts from the industry every semester. The guest lecturers will update you on recent technologies and trends in product design.

A one-day visit to the industry will be organised in Semester Four, to provide exposure to the different unit operations, process flow, and interdepartmental working mechanisms.

Our facilities

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Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally.

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment.

Our support services include:

  • Personal tutors
  • Disability services
  • Counselling services
  • MyBradford student support centres
  • The Students’ Union
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers
  • An on-campus nursery
  • Halls wardens

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus.

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills.


This programme is closely aligned to the research strengths of our Research Knowledge Transfer (RKT) Centres and research groups:

We are a proud collaboration partner of BeeVital Propolis. Our relationship of 15 years supports research and development.

Our Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science innovates in the area of patent development and unique product formulations. Professor Anant Paradkar, Director of the Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science at the University is also BeeVital Director of Research and Business Development.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.