About the course

This course gives you advanced knowledge of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, equipping you for a career as a regulatory professional. Combining theory with hands-on practice, you’ll study the science behind these products and the process of registering them for marketing authorisation worldwide. You’ll develop your understanding of bodily functions, examining the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals and medical devices (the risk-benefit balance). We’ll explore the role of regulatory professionals in healthcare, regulatory authorities and the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, giving you the chance to take a valuable work placement in your Fourth Year. Throughout, you’ll also develop strong, relevant communication group-working and IT skills.

Residency placements

The compulsory residency and research project in your Fourth Year involves a hands-on work placement, designed to equip you for the challenges of today’s regulatory environment. We’ve an exceptional reputation for our residency programmes, which create opportunities to hone your skills as a practitioner and gain the real-world experience employers demand.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 Master of Regulatory Science (Pharmaceuticals and Devices)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Master of Regulatory Science (Pharmaceuticals and Devices)

Why choose this course?

  • Pioneering course - First in the world to offer this undergraduate degree
  • You will be highly sought after you graduate in this niche profession
  • Excellent facilities including a simulated pharmacy and refurbished chemistry labs. See our virtual tour of our new science building
  • The University of Hertfordshire is perfectly placed to teach and prepare you for careers in the exciting sectors of pharma/devices industry, regulatory and health technology assessment agencies.
  • Placement in industry in final year
  • University is well placed geographically and has strong links with local healthcare providers and pharmaceutical industries

Home (UK) Candidates - Any student who is currently taking or intends to take GCE A Level Chemistry and one other science subject.

EU and International Candidates – Any student who is currently enrolled on a science track high school diploma or baccalaureate studying Chemistry and at least one other science subject at this level.

As a newly graduated Regulatory Professional/Expert, you will work in a regulatory authority (e.g. EMA, MHRA), pharmaceutical industry, medical devices industry or a contract research organisation (CRO) environment, normally, benefitting from supervision of an experienced regulatory science expert navigating you through the exciting field of regulatory affairs. This is a highly demanded niche area which attracts high salary (e.g. 100,000) once more experienced.

Course details

Careers

On successful completion of the course, you will start employment straight away either in the organisation you carried out your Residency Placement or another similar one. Professional courses at the University of Hertfordshire have a very strong record of producing students who are quickly successful in gaining relevant employment. Undertaking placements will mean you will have plenty of links into potential relevant organisations mentioned above. sources of local work when you finish. Both local, European as well as international organisations have expressed an interest and are committed to recruit from the graduates from this course.

What job can I get?

After graduation, you’ll be able to start work in the organisation where you took your residency, or somewhere new. Your placement will help you build valuable contacts and we have strong links with local, national and international organisations, committed to recruiting our graduates. The regulatory profession is a highly demanding field internationally, which means you could attract a high salary, especially after gaining two- to-three years' experience.

On successful completion of the course, you will start employment straight away either in the organisation you carried out your Residency Placement or another similar one. Professional courses at the University of Hertfordshire have a very strong record of producing students who are quickly successful in gaining relevant employment. 

Teaching methods

Undertaking placements will mean you will have plenty of links into potential relevant organisations as mentioned above, as well as sources of local work when you finish. Both local, European and international organisations have expressed an interest and are committed to recruit from the graduates from this course.

Work Placement

The fourth year work placement (Residency and Research Project) forms an essential part of the programme and is intended to train you to meet the challenges of today’s pharmaceutical/device regulatory environment and its market place. This model will give you command of your skills as a practitioner bringing tangible added value to your work environment. The University of Hertfordshire is specifically equipped to ensure the success of such a residency programme through an extensive healthcare, insurance, recruitment, government and industry network. Through strong international academic links, the University of Hertfordshire is also in a unique position of hosting a culturally and vocationally diverse composition of students. In this sense, the programme hopes to reflect the endeavour and spirit of globalisation, a concept valued and shared by academia and business enterprises alike.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Human Physiology with Pharmacology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry 30 Credits Compulsory
    Foundations of Pharmaceutical Chemistry 30 Credits Compulsory
    Biology and Biochemistry 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Dosage, Form, Design and Manufacture 30 Credits Compulsory
    Pharmacology 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introduction to Epidemiology and Pharmacoepidemiology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Pharmaceutical/devices Regulatory Requirements 45 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Health Technology Assessment (HTA) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Clinical Development 15 Credits Compulsory
    Strategic Planning and Product Life Cycle Management 15 Credits Compulsory
    Management and Corporate Finance 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
    112BBCDMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    17/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    17/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students