Pharmacology and Drug Discovery at University of Southampton - UCAS

Course summary

Gain an advanced understanding of how drugs interact with receptors, cells, tissues, and whole organisms. Your four-year integrated masters will equip you with a sound scientific knowledge base in pharmacology to FHEQ level 7 and in biochemistry and physiology to at least FHEQ Level 5. You will graduate with the research skills vital for further study and the tools needed for a broad variety of professions including laboratory-based research, jobs in the pharmacology and neuroscience sector, and the media. We will offer you an opportunity for a year in employment placement, for those who want to gain experience in an industrial setting. As well as gaining extensive experience from a variety of field trips in possible locations like the New Forest, Spain and Belize, you will also become a part of our diverse and passionate research community, spending your final year embedded alongside one of our leading research groups. You will complete extended projects in a specialised area of your choice and enjoy working alongside, and being taught by, leading academics in their research fields. They will support you in developing a knowledge of life at different levels - from molecules and cells, to whole communities and global ecosystems.


Typicial modules include: Year 1: Chemistry of Life, Fundamentals of Biochemistry, Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Physiology, How to Think Like a Scientist. Year 2: Cell Biology, Environmental Biochemistry, Immunology, Infection and Inflammation. Year 3: Molecular Pharmacology, Neuropharmacology of CNS Disorders, Selective Toxicity, Cell Signalling in Health and Disease. Year 4: Current Research Project, Advanced Research Project, Neurodegenerative Disease, Structure and Function of the Nervous System. Please visit the course page for more information.

Assessment method

The learning activities for this course including lectures, classes and tutorials, coursework, individual and group projects, independent learning (studying on your own) We’ll assess you using coursework, laboratory reports and essays, individual and group projects, oral presentations written exams

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4). We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5Band C: 6.5 with 6.0 in each component

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £27400 Year 1
International £27400 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Pharmacology and Drug Discovery at University of Southampton - UCAS