To gain accreditation, courses must meet strict curricular requirements set out by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences. According to the APS, accreditation gives assurance to students and employers that the course meets the high standards required by the Academy and that these standards will be maintained throughout the five-year period of accreditation.
The University was praised during the accreditation panel for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring that students continued to be well supported as well as providing services to the local community. It was also commended for its commitment for its support provided to students of a diverse background.
Dr Barbara Pendry, principal lecturer at UEL, said, "It is fantastic that the course has been accredited. The APS assures our students that they will be getting the best education and as a careers-led university, we make sure our students are prepared for whichever career path they choose to take."
Through the course, students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical chemistry, including the design and synthesis of new drug molecules. They will explore pharmacognosy (drug substances from natural origins), pharmaceutics (turning a new chemical entity or old drugs into a medication that can be used safely) and pharmacology (the effect of drugs on humans).