Offering a one-off programme in pharmaceutical science in Aotearoa, New Zealand, the University of Otago will be offering a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science from 2022, with the aim of helping students, propelling a career at the forefront of science and technology.
Encompassing a broad range of scientific disciplines that are crucial to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies, pharmaceutical sciences will appeal to those with an interest in science and technology as well as those who are passionate about medicines that treat and prevent diseases in humans, plants and animals.
Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago, Prof Helen Nicholson stated that through their efforts of broadening their offerings, Otago understands the need to contribute highly skilled and qualified professionals to Aotearoa and other communities.
Prof Sarah Hook, Acting Dean of Pharmacy and Chair of Pharmaceutics at Otago, expressed her excitement at offering a new undergraduate degree to students that will widen the career prospects of the students in the diverse industry of pharmaceutics, at a global level. Further adding that students can become a part of the new and developing medicine, and learning skills that are transferable to other industries such as cosmetics, agricultural chemicals, food science and more.
Accordion to a statement from Associate Prof McDowell, the undergraduate degree in pharmacy will be a lab-based degree, where students will receive practical experience in discovering, designing, synthesising, formulation and delivery of pharmaceuticals. Through small class sizes, industry experts and world-renowned scientists as well as a flexible degree structure, students will be able to “fine-tune their study to their own interests” further allowing them to add papers from other departments, added Associate Prof McDowell, who had been closely involved in the development of the programme.
McDowell also highlighted that the curriculum also includes Maori medicine, in a bid to help students understand beyond western medicines and practices. McDowell stated that it is important for students to see things from more than one perspective by giving them “a wealth of knowledge to draw from...”.
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