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Pharmaceutical Science Training

Science and technology plays a vital role in modern patient care and 54 healthcare science specialisms contribute to eighty percent of patient diagnoses across the NHS. Healthcare scientists work regularly with patients and make up five percent of the total NHS staff.

Clinical Pharmaceutical Science

Clinical pharmaceutical science involves four disciplines; quality assurance and quality control, aseptic preparation of medicines, production and the manufacture and supply of radioactive substances used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Students study at The University of Manchester for a programme:

MSc Clinical Pharmaceutical Science via the Scientist Training Programme (STP)
MSc Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance (Postgraduate Diploma/ MSc).

Healthcare Science 

Scientist Training Programme
The Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three year training programme that includes work-based and academic learning. Whilst on the programme you will also complete a part-time master's degree at the university offering your chosen specialism.

Healthcare Science Apprenticeship
In Pharmacy Technical Services within Clinical Pharmaceutical Science, the Healthcare Science Assistant apprenticeship is Level 2, duration typically 18 months, for anyone wanting to work as a Healthcare Science Assistant across a range of departments within hospitals, general practice and other settings in the healthcare sector. In order to meet the apprenticeship standards, apprentices must complete the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Science qualification. Further progression routes to Level 6 are expected soon. Apprentices must also have their skills and behaviours assessed in the workplace, through an on-going competence evaluation.


With new technologies we can now examine the whole of a person's DNA- their genome - quicker and cheaper than ever before. Increasingly, this genomic information is supporting the development of personalised medicine: being able to choose the best treatment depending on the genetic make-up of the person. Please visit the 100,000 Genomes Project for more information.

A wide range of free training is easily accessible and you may be interested in:

Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Medicine
Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics
Whole Genome Sequencing: Decoding the Language of Life and Health 
Short course: Introduction to Genomics
Personalised Medicine: Pharmacogenomics

Medical Genetics e-resources from Royal Society of Medicine

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