BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biotechnology at Queen’s

MAURICE HALL: BSe programmes
were developed just to give students an opportunity if
they want to go into a more science-based future direction. So if they want to go into
industry, for example, they wouldn’t need
some of the stuff they do in the [? MPharm ?] degree. So this enables them to skip
some of the technical stuff and do more science. KATHARINA EDKINS:
Because you can still change things for the
patient without actually dealing with sick people. MAURICE HALL: We want to
make sure that everyone is enjoying themselves. That we’re here to
learn, yes, but to do it in an environment which
fosters [? access, ?] which fosters cooperation. We start off with
the fundamentals. The students need to have that
sort of bedrock of knowledge that they can build upon. And then whenever they move in
to later aspects of the course, they get into more sort
of synthesis, development, that sort of higher skills
that really enable them then to move into employment. RYAN DONNELLY: The School
of Pharmacy at Queen’s has longstanding relationships
with various different leading pharmaceutical companies. MAURICE HALL: So we would meet
with industry stakeholders. We would ensure that they’re
happy with the content of the course. We’re able to support
people in their aspirations of going into industry. RYAN DONNELLY:
Providing opportunities for our students to
go and experience what it’s like working in
the pharmaceutical industry. GAVIN ANDREWS: The
students in Belfast will have an
opportunity to undertake an industrial placement
as part of their BSe. So between level 2 and
level 3, the students can embark on a sandwich yeah. JOHANNE BARRY: We
ensure that they’re going to the right employer,
and to a suitable employer, so that they’re able to achieve
the intended learning outcomes. They will have one particular
mentor in the workplace that looks after them for the year. And they’ll have assessments
to do during that year. The feedback we’ve got from
students who’ve been out so far is they thoroughly
enjoy the year. It’s a challenge at the start. But they can really
say where they’re going with their career. And they come back very
focused for a final year. And a number of students have
come back with job offers. MAURICE HALL: And
so our students tend to be very
successful whenever they go out to industry. They tend to do very well,
because they’re well prepared. Queen’s has prepared
them very well in terms of how to
deal with interviews. We have prepared
them well in terms of the content and the knowledge
they need to do the job.

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