HND Pharmaceutical Science

Course at a glance
  • Award: HND
  • Study mode : Full-time
  • Course length : Full-time (3 years)

Pharmaceutical Science is a relatively new discipline and is concerned with fostering a multi-disciplinary approach towards the study of exciting new developments in the chemical, biological and biomedical science areas focusing upon the biochemistry, pharmacology, design, methods of analysis and delivery of pharmaceutical substances. This course aims to produce high quality pharmaceutical science diplomates with the generic, subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills suited to a career in the pharmaceutical industry or other related laboratory based scientific discipline.

The Course aims to:

  • To support you in the development of intellectual and key interpersonal skills as well as subject knowledge that will equip you for life-long learning.

  • To develop a knowledge of the physico-chemical and biological principles necessary to understand the sourcing, preparation, analysis and properties of medicinal agents. This will include the design, delivery, mode of action, therapeutic application and clinical usage of medicines.

  • To encourage the development of practical and problem solving skills, research methods and the techniques and processes necessary for the evaluation, critical appraisal and systematic review of pharmaceutical science.

Career Pathway:

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors are currently growth areas in the country and successful study in pharmaceutical science will open up a range of careers in biochemical, medical, pharmaceutical, chemical and related areas. Specifically, graduates are likely to find employment in research and development in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors. Other career outlets are possible and include work in hospital laboratories, forensic science, drug analysis, pharmaceutical marketing and sales, medical writing and teaching.

HND qualifications are widely recognised in the scientific establishment as vocational courses which prepare students for vocational employment. As such, the skills provided in the course will provide opportunities in the technical disciplines at technician level.


The school will follow the entry requirement set by the Ministry of

Health (MOH). The school welcomes graduates from second cycle

institutions – SSSC, GCE -“O” and “A” Levels.

(i)  For SSSCE Candidates

                 An aggregate score of twenty-seven (27 ) or better, comprising (A-D) in three (3)  Core Subjects, i.e. ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS, and INTEGRATED SCIENCE and  (A=E ) in any three ( 3 ) Elective subjects from a program.

            (ii)  For WASSCE Candidates

                  An aggregate score of forty-two (42) or better, comprising (A1-C6) in three (3) Core Subjects, i.e. ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS, and INTEGRATED SCIENCE and (A1-E8 ) in any three ( 3 ) Elective subjects from a program.


There will, however be a small quota for mature students who do not have the requisite minimum qualification but have experience, proven interest in the chosen profession. Such mature students will be subjected to an entry examination and interview. All students will go through an interview and a selection process.

International Students may be admitted on the basis of qualifications from their home country for which the West African Examination Council (WAEC) shall determine equivalences.  Evidence of proficiency in the English language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English spoken countries.

Skills to be gained:

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  1. Apply a range of practical skills to the investigation of pharmaceutical compounds and understand their effects on the human body.

  2. Design, implement and evaluate practical outcomes in pharmaceutical science

  3. Discuss and interpret modern concepts of disease

Discuss and evaluate appropriate methodologies for the manufacture of pharmaceutical processes.