The University of Greenwich has become the first university in the UK to be awarded accreditation by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS) for its BSc (Hons) degrees in pharmaceutical sciences. These comprise a three-year full-time course, a four-year sandwich course with 12-months industrial training, and a five-year apprenticeship degree.
The degrees focus on the vocational education of students for graduate-level careers in the pharmaceutical and allied industries. The programme was the first UK dedicated undergraduate pharmaceutical sciences course, starting in the early 1990s.
Dr Birthe Nielsen, programme leader with the University's Faculty of Engineering & Science, says: "We are delighted that our degree in pharmaceutical sciences has been awarded APS accredited status. This publicly demonstrates the commitment that Greenwich has to its students and the high standards it maintains. It also acts as an extra endorsement for its graduates' future employers and prospective undergraduates. We are very proud to be the first university to achieve accreditation from The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and it is rewarding to see our efforts and dedication recognised."
Over many years, the University of Greenwich has fostered close relationships with the local pharmaceutical industry, engaging practitioners in the ongoing development of the programmes. In return, the University has supplied many graduates into this industry in the south east of England and further afield. Graduates also go on to take higher research focused degrees in the pharmaceutical sciences.
The APS accreditation panel commended the University's programmes on the practical and professional skills modules. They also considered the teaching and research equipment to be exceptional and appreciated the enthusiasm and articulation of the students.