The BUE Pharmacy programme is unique in enabling students to gain additional knowledge and skills in one of four different specialisms: Industrial Technology, New Drug Delivery & Cosmetics, Biological Drug Development or Chemical Drug Development. A British educational approach is taken in the delivery of learning including research methodologies in which students are required to design and execute a research graduation project in their chosen specialism.
Pharmacy Programme Structure
- The 5-year programme is offered in 10 consecutive semesters during 5 years. Module provision involves lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical periods as well as field training. Each semester involves 55-60 credits (equivalent to 16.5-18 credit hours), thus making up a total of 580 credits for the entire programme This is equivalent to 174 credit hours).
- General Non-Core Modules (10.3%): These subjects are given, mostly, to the first-year students and include: Mathematics, English Language, Communication Skills, Psychology and Scientific Thinking. These are especially tailored to meet the needs of pharmacy students and will be coordinated by most relevant pharmaceutical departments, as deems appropriate.
- Core Modules: constitute about 80.2% of the whole provision. They are sequenced and synchronized to permit optimal learning and transition among semesters. Prerequisites are also applied to maximize the benefits gained from these courses.
- Optional or Elective Modules: are provided in the last 4 semesters of the study and comprise 4.3% of the total provisions. A variety of such courses is offered by different departments and covers a broad-range of knowledge. Electives are offered in groups of interest; the choice among which will be linked with the nature of the research project students perform in the final year of the study. This strategy will also enable students to choose the subjects that best match their current and future needs and interests. A list of elective programmes is given at the end of course-description. This grouping can likewise serve as the basis of offering future topics for Masters’ programme or Diplomas.
- Senior Research projects (5.2%): Besides, in its last year of study, the programme encompasses a research project which constitutes a research dissertation work on recent development in pharmaceutical sciences. This course aims to boost the students’ ability to conduct research and surf the literature arena, and also to apply the knowledge they gained in informatics and electives.
- A 300 hrs of summer training programme is enforced throughout the study, particularly after the third and fourth years, so as to ensure timely optimal gain of professional experience. This training will also take place in community and hospital pharmacy stores and in pharmaceutical firms and will be considered a partial requirement of graduation.
- During the ninth semester of the study, placement (externship) in hospitals is an essential requirement of this programme will take place.