Pharmaceutical Science in Guangzhou, China

Ref: HLS-R1-007-2018


First and Second year Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science students (enrolled for their second and third year of study in 2018-19) studying Pharmaceutical Formulation (PHCO2310) and Development and Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products (PHCO3311)are eligible to participate in this opportunity. Also, current third year students due to study the MSc in Pharmaceutical Quality by Design or Pharmaceutical Biotechnology are eligible. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 12. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This visit to China for Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science students will be to be hosted by staff and students of Guangdong Pharmaceutical University. The group will stay in the SCU Hotel on campus at the university in Guangzhou.

The academic highlight of the trip will be to visit a Chinese Pharmaceutical manufacturing company to observe global pharmaceutical manufacture in action. It is expected that students will meet the CEO of development and other colleagues where they will present (with translation) about their company and give us a tour of labs and facilities. This links to the PCS course in PHCO2310 and PHCO3311 where you learn about the industrial globalisation of the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

The displays of the human body and Materia Medica will be hosted by experts in those areas and you will gain an insight into how Chinese education is different to the UK and grounded in the Chinese cultural context. This aspect is not directly linked to PCS, but will highlight to the history of medicine (Material MedicaI: based on products of plants, animals and minerals), within the current practice of Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM – a medical system that goes back 1,000’s of years) and how current medical students, and others, learn about the human body  – from displays of the human body – ultimately where the drugs or cosmetics you develop in your career will interact with.

This trip will highlight to you the global reach of the pharmaceutical and cosmetic markets in the context of pharmaceutical manufacturing. All learning outcomes in both modules have a global aspect that you will learn or have learnt on your course and will be able to put into practice on the trip.

Cultural activities

As part of the itinerary students will visit  a cultural park to see ancient China interpreted in buildings and flora, and also there will be a trip to a museum of the human body.

Travel and accommodation

Flights and accommodation for this opportunity will be booked independently by the student.

Contact details

Visa information

British nationals need a visa to enter mainland China. Students of other nationalities should check the Chinese Embassy website.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Friday 2 November 2018
  • Return date: Saturday 10 November 2018
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £750
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, Programme fee (£175), food and drink, visa (£85), vaccinations (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 4 June 2018 9am