Singaporeans Study: The 5 FAQs About Pharmaceutical Science
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[:en]Our third field of focus under the Singaporeans Study series is Pharmaceutical Science. Read this blog to know if your interest lies in the pharma industry!
1. What is pharmaceutical science and why is it significant today?
People often misunderstand that pharmaceutical science = selling drugs and pills only. But did you know that the pharmaceutical sciences sector is essentially associated with a wide category of scientific fields ranging from drug discovery, drug design, delivery, action, clinical sciences to drug analysis, and other regulatory affairs? Yes, huge responsibilities over there! A pharmaceutical scientist's duty includes understanding how medicines work, how safe and effective medicines are brought into the market and the impact of these medicines on the human body and how effective they are in treating illnesses. This is a constantly evolving field that works towards discovering and developing new drugs and therapies with a focus on design, synthesis, targeting, distribution and safety.
Not only will you be able to treat people with critical medical conditions but also help healthy people maintain their well-being. Just in case you didn't know, pharmacists, like medical doctors, are also referred to by the title of doctor depending on their degrees.
2. What are some of the important skills that one must acquire to pursue a career in pharmaceutical science?
To become a skilled professional in this field:
- Have a keen interest in research
- Be a problem-solver with expert analytical skills
- Develop a thorough understanding of legal and regulatory matters
- Constantly update yourself with the latest industry trends and business skills
3. What should one study to specialize in pharmaceutical science?
Listed below are a few universities that offer specializations in pharmaceutical science:
Monash University (Australia): #55 in QS Global World University Rankings 2021. Offers Diploma, Bachelors, Masters and PhD courses in pharmaceutical science. At Monash, students will get to study and work with Australia's largest group of pharmaceutical researchers.
Curtin University (Australia): Diploma courses, bachelors and masters programmes are available. It is the only university in Western Australia that provides a course in pharmaceutical science, which provides eligibility for registration as a pharmacist.
The University of Queensland (Australia): Offers bachelors, masters, MPhil and PhD courses in pharmaceutical science. The staff of the School of Pharmacy are industry experts and award-winning lecturers. Almost 95.6% of their graduates are employed full-time.
University of South Australia (Australia): Provides graduate certificate programmes, bachelors and masters programmes in this field of study. It is the only University of Pharmacy in South Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).
The University of Sydney (Australia): The school is a member of the Group of Eight and ranks 24th in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020). Students taking up the Bachelor of Pharmacy course must complete a mandatory work component of 210 hours and for students taking up the Master of Pharmacy, the mandatory work component amounts to 350 hours.
4. What does the future of pharmaceutical science look like?
Between 2000 and 2018, large pharmaceutical companies have had huge profitability than most other public companies. In addition to this, careers in this field are expected to grow by 8% and produce 10,600 job opportunities across the U.S. between 2018 and 2028. In the upcoming years, the industry is expected to gain an annual compound growth of over 6% and reach $1.2 trillion in 2024, with R&D spending at 16.9% of prescription sales in 2024. The global pharmaceutical market worth US$300 billion per annum, is expected to rise to US$400 within the next 3 years (WHO. int/trade).
5. What is the status of pharmaceutical science in Singapore?
Despite the losses faced during the pandemic, Singapore managed to rebound its manufacturing industry as opportunities in the pharmaceutical segment soared amid Covid-19. The country's volatile biomedical cluster recorded a 40.6 percent jump as the pandemic continues to increase demand for pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.
In November 2020, the pharmaceuticals segment saw a 50.8% growth and the medical technology segment went up by 22.7%. As the demand for vaccines keeps growing, the pharma industry in Singapore can expect profitable growth.
In 2019 alone, Singapore's Pharmaceutical manufacturing industry accounted for $21.9 billion in total output and employed about 8,600 workers. Currently, Singapore, like many countries around the globe, has been moving towards boosting its manufacture of pharmaceutical products.
If you think pharmaceutical science is the field for you, contact our education counsellors at AECC Singapore today. With years of experience in the field of education, our counsellors can offer you the right guidance to help you land in the perfect pharmaceutical science course that will help you get your dream job. Book an appointment now!
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