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BSc _Hons_ Pharmaceutical Management


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                                               University of Bradford
                          BSc (Honours) and (Ordinary) Pharmaceutical Management at MDIS

                               Programme Specification effective from December 2007

       Awarding and teaching institution:         University of Bradford and Management Development Institute
                                                  of Singapore (MDIS)
       Final award:                               BSc (Hons) [National Qualifications Framework level H] ;
       Programme title:                           Pharmaceutical Management
       Duration:                                  3 year full-time (2 year Direct entry); 3.5 year part-time (2.5 year
                                                  direct entry).
       UCAS code:                                 Not applicable
       Subject benchmark statement:               Pharmacy and Business & Management (General)
       Programme accredited by:                   Not applicable
       Date produced:                             Original: December 2001; Updated November 2007

The BSc in Pharmaceutical Management degree at the University of Bradford is a unique and i nnovative course that
combines the study of pharmaceutical sciences and business and management studies. The scientific element explores
a theoretical approach to drug design, biological action and pharmaceutical formulation, and takes at least half your t ime.
You will gain a broad understanding of pharmaceutical science related to drug design, drug action or drug delivery. This
leads to an appreciation of the procedures needed for clinical trials, licensing and regulation. Management takes about
one-third of your time, and covers the economic, resource and marketing aspects of, for example, launching new drugs
and products, together with an understanding of drug regulations and quality assurance. You will also develop important
communication, team-work, time management and leadership skills.

The course lasts three years. However, students may be able to spend a year between the second and final years in a
relevant placement in, for example, a pharmaceutical multinational in the Far East. The course is ma naged by Bradford
School of Pharmacy, which was judged to be excellent [23 out of 24 points] in terms of it’s teaching quality by the
QAAHE and awarded a grade 4 in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

The aims and outcome statements have been referenced to the QAAHE benchmarking statements for Pharmacy (P) and
Business & Management (B&M) (General), the University of Bradford’s Teaching and Learning strategy (T&L) and the
Excellence PLUS strategy (X+).

This degree is franchised to the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) where the course is delivered
as a core syllabus using the major Bradford pathway of biological science combined with marketing.

A.       Programme Aims
         The programme is intended to:

         A1       provide opportunities for you to develop a comprehensive knowledge (with areas of specialisation in
                  depth) and understanding of the action and uses of medicines or substances used in and design and
                  manufacture of medicines, with a significant knowledge and understanding (with areas of s pecialisation
                  in depth) of the key areas of business and management; (P, B&M, T&L)
         A2       progressively integrate the scientific pathways with the management pathway so that the action and
                  uses of drugs or design and manufacture of medicines can be applied to the business of the
                  international pharmaceutical industry particularly in relation to the finance, marketing and regulation of
                  pharmaceutical development of new drugs;
         A3       foster an enthusiastic interest in and enhance your learning through contact with teachers active in
                  research (T&L);
         A4       foster an appreciation of research method (P, B&M);
         A5       develop your ability to think critically and creatively (P, B&M, T&L);
         A6       provides a supportive educational environment, which meets the needs of students from a variety of
                  educational, ethnic and geographical backgrounds (T&L);
         A7       produce graduates who fulfil the needs of employers (T&L);
         A8       enable you to become an autonomous learner and prepare you for life-long learning (P, B&M, T&L);
         A9       equip you with the subject, academic and key skills necessary to facilitate transition to employment or
                  further study (T&L, X+).

B        Programme Learning Outcomes
         On successful completion of the BSc Honours programme you will posses the under-noted skills over the whole
         range of your honours curriculum: Successful completion of the BSc Ordinary programme will enable you to
         demonstrate these skills over a narrower the range of the curriculum:

         B1       Subject Knowledge & Skills
                  B1.1     Critically analyse and evaluate the principles and concepts associated with the actions and
                           uses of medicines or substances used in the design and manufacture of medicines and key
                           areas of business and management; apply these principles to the identification and resolution
                           of pharmaceutical, business and management problems (P, B&M, T&L).
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                  B1.2     Write scientific reports and demonstrate practical laboratory skills (P).
                  B1.3     Critically analyse and draw conclusions from data collected from the laboratory, case study or
                           scientific published work (P, B&M).
                  B1.4     Design and complete a substantial piece of independent study (T&L).
                  B1.5     Demonstrate a critical awareness of research and scientific method, through the ability to
                           critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative methodology, hypothesis formulation, selection
                           and application of appropriate methodologies and statistical tests and report the findings and
                           conclusions of laboratory work/a research project in the form of a report/dissertation (P, B&M,

         B2       Core Academic Skills
                  B2.1    Identify and solve problems (P, B&M, T&L).
                  B2.2    Demonstrate critical thinking through ability to identify and analyse problems (P, B&M, T&L)..
                  B2.3    Demonstrate creative thinking through ability to evaluate problems and formulate possible
                          solutions (P, B&M, T&L).
                  B2.4    Demonstrate an evidence-based approach to decision-making and problem-solving, through
                          ability to: identify, analyse, interpret and apply the best available evidence (P).
                  B2.5    Design and complete a substantial piece of work of independent study (T&L).

         B3       Personal & Key Skills
                  In accordance with the Pharmacy and Business and Management benchmark statements, you will be
                  able to demonstrate:
                  B3.1     Independent (autonomous) learning (X+).
                  B3.2     Application of number (X+).
                  B3.3     Written and oral communication, information technology skills and team working (X+).

C Curriculum
After discussions with representatives of the pharmaceutical industry in Singapore, a course has been designed which
will meet the needs of employers. The table below lists all the modules taught as part of the deg ree in Pharmaceutical
Management. On the honours course, you will study a total of 120 Credits at each Stage as single (10 credit) or double
(20 credit) modules. The Ordinary degree route is available to students for whom a less intense course of study is
appropriate. Ordinary degrees comprise 100 credits at stage 1 and 80 credits at stages 2 and 3. Some graduates with
the Ordinary degree can, at a later date, take extra credits to convert their degree to Honours.

Stage 1 is a core programme so that you will have a good foundation in pharmaceutical science (7 modules at honours,
6 at ordinary) and general management principles (4 modules at honours, 3 at ordinary) plus 1 module in key skills. In
Stages 2 and 3, you will follow increasingly focused pathways in both pharmaceutical science and management,
studying modules which maintain the overall balance of approximately 2:1 pharmaceutical science: management
respectively. In Stage 3, the disciplines of pharmaceutical science and management are integrated i n such modules as
drug regulations and quality assurance, project management in pharmaceutical development and clinical data
management. Throughout the three stages, runs a thread of key skills, which is vital for successful employment. In Stage
1, the communication skills module will develop your IT skills, oral and written communication and ability to work as part
of a team. In Stage 2, the statistics module introduces the concepts of statistics and science writing skills necessary for
the research to be undertaken in the dissertation in stage 3. In Stage 3, the substantial dissertation develops skills of
critical appraisal and independent thinking (see curriculum table). The key skills modules in Stages 2 and 3 will be of
value in the pharmaceutical industry.

You can undertake the full-time course, which is delivered mainly during the day or the part-time course of study, which
is delivered in the evening. If you are a Singaporean student you will have been trained in communication and IT skills
during your A level or diploma studies and so the communication skills module has been exempted from the Bradford
syllabus (Stage 1). If you are an international student you will have to undertake the communication skills module as part
of the first stage syllabus (see curriculum table below). Thus, you will possess the transferable skills embedded in the
communication skills module such as IT skills and the ability to communicate in English.

If you successfully complete stage 1 of the Bradford BSc Biomedical Sciences, you may join stage 2 of the course as a
direct entry 2 year student when you will be able to apply for the importation of 120 credits at stage 1. You will study a
mixture of science and management modules (see table below). If you hold a three-year full time Diploma in
Biotechnology, Medical Technology or Biomedical Sciences or equivalent qualification, you may enter directly into the
accelerated stage 2. You will be able to apply for the importation of 120 credits at stage 1 and 40 credit APL tra nsfer at
stage 2. You will also study a mixture of science and management modules (see table below). In both the direct entry
and accelerated entry programmes, at stage 3 you will study core level 3 pharmaceutical science modules along with
management modules.

The curriculum may change, subject to the University's course approval, monitoring and review procedures, as
improvements are made each year. More detail, including learning outcomes, is available for each unit.

D        Teaching Learning and Assessment Strategies.
         The programme articulates with the Teaching and Learning and the Excellence Plus strategies of the University.
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         A wide variety of teaching methods appropriate to the learning outcomes of the individual modules are
         employed throughout the programme. They progressively focus on student-centred approaches to learning,
         thus you will be expected to take increasing responsibility for your learning as you progress through the course.
         In this way you will develop the attributes needed for life-long learning and continued professional development.

         Outcomes B1.1 to B1.5 will be developed in a number of modules, through a mix of lectures, seminars,
         laboratory practicals, workshops, case studies, CAL and directed study. Directed study will involve you in a
         variety of activities, which include directed reading of selected textbooks and specified source literature,
         directed Web-based materials, report writing and other assignments. In addition individual project/dissertation
         work will help you develop outcomes B1.4 and B1.5.

         You will demonstrate your achievement of outcomes B1.1 to B1.5 via written closed-book examinations using
         constructed- (essays, short answers) and selected response (MCQ) questions and a variety of written

         The development of outcomes B2.1 and B2.3 will be through involvement in small-group, workshops, project-
         based and case-based work and assessed by written examination, written reports and assignments, project
         report, dissertation, case analysis and critique, and presentations.

         Key skills are embedded throughout the curriculum with most modules developing at least one of the skills
         specified in outcome B3.1 to B3.3.

      Unit code                       Unit title                   Level   Credit                     Type

                                                                                    Pharm.   Overseas        Year 2   Year 2
                                                                                     Man.     Pharm          Accel    Direct
                                                                                               Man.           entry   Entry
    PH1014M(B)     Human Cells & Systems                              1        10    Core      Core             -        -
    PH8102M(B)     Pharmaceutical Microbiology                        1        10    Core      Core             -        -
    MAN0101M(B)    Business Economics                                 1        10    Core      Core             -        -
    MAN0103M(B)    Foundations of Accounting 1                        1        10    Core      Core             -        -
    PH1010M(B)     Pharmaceutical Science 1                           1        10    Core      Core             -        -
    PH1009M(B)     The Human Body in Health                           1        10    Core      Core             -        -
    PH1013M(B)     Pharmaceutical Science 2                           1        10    Core      Core             -        -
    PH1012M(B)     The Human Body: Physiology & Pathology             1        10    Core      Core             -        -
    PH1008M(B)     Assessing the Quality of Medicines                 1        10    Core      Core                      -
    MAN0105M(B)    Foundations of Marketing                           1        10    Core      Core            -         -
    MAN0110M(B)    Foundations of Productions/Operations              1        10    Core      Core            -         -
    PH1011M(B)     Communication Skills                               1        10   Exempt     Core            -         -

    PH2010M(B)     Pharmaceutics 1                                    2        10    Core      Core          Core      Core
    PH2009M(B)     Enzymes & Metabolism                               2        10    Core      Core          Core      Core
    MAN0901M(B)    Resource Planning                                  2        10    Core      Core           -         -
    MAN0713M(B)    Marketing Management & Strategy                    2        10    Core      Core           -        Core
    PH2225M(B)     Principles of Drug Action (MDIS)                   2        10    Core      Core          Core      Core
    PH2015D(B)     Physiological Regulation & Control (MDIS)          2        20    Core      Core          Core      Core
    PH2221M(B)     Statistics & Experimental Design                   2        10    Core      Core          Core      Core
    PH2219D(B)     Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Systems      2        20    Core      Core           -        Core
    MAN0105M(B)    Foundations of Marketing                           1        10     -         -            Core      Core
    MAN0110M(B)    Foundations of Production /Operations              1        10     -         -            Core      Core
    MAN0902M(B)    Management of Service Operations                   2        10    Core      Core            -        -
    MAN0708M(B)    Marketing Research; Strategic Implications         2        10    Core      Core            -       Core

    PH2016M(B)     Gastrointestinal System                            2        10    Core      Core          Core      Core
    PH3013M (B)    Immunity & Infections (MDIS)                       3        10    Core      Core          Core      Core
    PH8010M(B)     Drug Regulations & Quality Assurance               3        10    Core      Core          Core      Core
    MAN0208M(B)    Understanding Strategic Management                 3        10    Core      Core          Core      Core
    MAN0904M(B)    POM for World Class Operations                     3        10    Core      Core            -        -
    MAN0607M(B)    Electronic Commerce                                3        10    Core      Core          Core      Core
    PH8312D(B)     Common Diseases & Their Treatment                  3        20    Core      Core          Core      Core
    PH8011M(B)     Project Management for Pharmaceutical              3        10    Core      Core          Core      Core
    CS3006M(B)     Clinical Data Management (MDIS)                    3        10    Core      Core          Core      Core
    PH8015L(B)     Dissertation                                       3        20    Core      Core          Core      Core
    MAN0902M(B)    Management of Service Operations                   2        10     -         -            Core      Core

E        Admissions
         Offers are made following detailed consideration of each individual application. Most important in the decision to
         offer a place is our assessment of a candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and of thei r ability to
         succeed on this particular course. Entrance requirements will vary but are set after consideration of each
         candidate’s academic background, achievements and all other relevant experience.
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        First Year Admissions
        Both full-time and part-time students will be admitted to the first year. Entrance requirements will normally be
        via: 1) the Foundation Certificate of Biomedical Science (FCBS), 2) A-level (grades CCD or equivalent), 3)
        Diploma of Chemical Process Technology (Food or Industrial), 4) Dip Nursing, 5) BEng. or BA (Marketing/
        Management). Diploma or Degree holders may be eligible for credit exemption for part of the programme.

        Second Year Direct Entry and Accelerated Entry
        Both full-time and part-time students may be admitted directly into the second year of a 1) Direct Entry and 2)
        an Accelerated BSc Pharmaceutical Management programme. Entrance requirements will normally be via 1)
        successful completion of Stage 1 of the Bradford BSC Biomedical Sciences degree programme and 2)
        successful three years full time study for: 1) Diploma in Biotechnology from Singapore Polytechnic (SP), 2)
        Diploma in Medical Technology from SP, 3) Diploma in Life Sciences (Biotechnology/Biomedical Technology)
        from Temasek Polytechnic (TP), 4) Diploma in Biotechnology from Nanyang Polytechnic (NP).

        There will be two annual points of entry in November and April both in the first year and in the second year,
        direct and accelerated entry. It is anticipated that students would be registered through each of these entry
        points, twice yearly. Candidates with other qualifications are welcomed. Each application is considered on its

F       Academic progression: a summary
        The full progression regulations are maintained on the University’s web site.

        Honours Award
        Normally in the three year programme, you must study units amounting to 120 credits in Stage 1 (year 1).
        Subsequently, both in the three year and the direct 2 year entry programme, you must study units amounting
        to 240 credits in Stages 2 (year 2) and 3 (year 3), 120 at each Stage, including units amounting to at least 200
        credits at Level 2 or above, of which at least 100 must be at Level 3. The levels are indicated on the table.
        However, as a 2 year accelerated entry student, you are granted a further 40 credit accredited prior learning
        (APL) in Stage 2. Thus you must study 200 credits in Stages 2 (year 2) and 3 (year 3), including units
        amounting to at least 160 credits at level 2 or above, of which 100 must be at level 3.

        To pass and proceed from each stage to the next, and also to be eligible for an honours award, you must
        achieve at least 40% in 100 credits and at least 35% in the other 20 credits. For the purposes of degree
        classification, the carry forward mark of any supplementary assessment will be capped at 35%.

        The class and division of the undergraduate Honours degree awarded is based on the overall weighted marks
        you receive for stages 2 and 3. Stage 2 (year 2) contributes 30% and Stage 3 (year 3) contributes 70%. The
        degree is awarded on the basis of the following minimum final overall weighted mean marks:
                        70.0% or above:           First Class Honours
                        60.0% or above:           Second Class Honours- First Division
                        50.0% or above:           Second Class honours -Second Division
                        Otherwise:                Third Class Honours
        If you complete Stage 1 successfully, you are eligible for the Certificate of Higher Education; if you complete
        Stage 2 successfully, you are eligible for the Diploma of Higher Education. The learning outcomes for these
        awards are consistent with those of the English National Qualifications Framework at level H and its descriptors.

        Ordinary Award
        To pass and proceed from Stage 1 to Stage 2 you must achieve at least 40% in 80 credits and 35% in the other
        20 credits. To pass and proceed from Stage 2 to Stage 3 you must achieve at least 40% in 60 credits and 35%
        in the other 20 credits. Students who complete the Ordinary award may be eligible to top-up for Honours as
        determined by the Board of Examiners. In this case, for the purposes of degree classification, the carry forwa rd
        mark of any supplementary assessment will be capped at 35%.

G       Student Support and Guidance
        The University of Bradford and the BSP have an excellent reputation in this area. BSP gained an excellent
        rating in teaching, including student support and guidance, when externally assessed in 2000. At MDIS, you will
        have access to staff in the Central Planning Unit (CPU), the Student Services Unit (SSU), the Head of
        Department (HoD), Programme Manager and the Course team (CT). The CPU & the SSU provide support to
        students with logistic, administrative and resource planning for new and current classes. The HoD and PM meet
        the students once per term to discuss any aspect of the course. Members of the course team are also available
        for you to talk with about any academic or personal concerns. MDIS provides module handbooks and other
        teaching material in addition to important facilities such as access to Library and Computing facilities. Visiting
        staff from the University of Bradford will meet you 4 times per year to review your progress and will both induct
        and peer observe teaching staff to assess the quality of the delivery of the course. You will have access to the
        new library facility housed in the new building. At MDIS you will have appropriate access to computer facilities.

Bradford School of Pharmacy, University of Bradford, BD7 1DP; email: , Management
Development Institute of Singapore, Center for Biomedical Sciences and Management, 20 Orchard Road, Singapore
238830 <email:

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