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Course summary

Pharmacology is the study of drugs and how they interact and work on our cells and tissues. In our Pharmacology BSc you will learn how drugs are made into medicines. How drugs and other chemicals interact at the molecular, cellular and systems levels in the body. Pharmacologists have been key to the development of drugs and vaccines, that have improved the treatment of many of the diseases of modern society, including: • The treatment of bacterial infections with antibiotics, • HIV with anti-retroviral drugs • Mental health with antidepressant drugs and antipsychotics • Cardiovascular diseases with statins and antihypertensives Our course has been designed to meet the standards of the British Pharmacological Society’s (BPS) undergraduate core curriculum. Course modules are structured using a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, laboratory practical classes and is known for it’s active blended learning (ABL) style of delivery. Our aim is to provide you with opportunities to be actively involved in your learning. This course is suited to those wanting to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry or in biomedical research as well as graduate entry to medicine. With regards to employment, 95% of students go on to work and / or study within 15 months after the course.* By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

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Stage 1 • Biochemistry and Cell Biology (compulsory) • Introduction to Microbiology (compulsory) • Fundamentals of Immunology (compulsory) • Genetics and Molecular Biology (compulsory) • Foundations of Chemistry (compulsory) • Anatomy and Physiology (compulsory) Stage 2 • Genes and Genomics (designated) • Cellular Pathology (designated) • Bioscience Research Methods (compulsory) • Processes of Life: Biochemistry (designated) • Physiology 2 (compulsory) • Principles of Pharmacology (compulsory) • Systems Pharmacology and Therapeutics (compulsory) • Bioinformatics (designated) Optional Placement Year • Health and Life Sciences at Work (designated) Stage 3 • Integrated Medical Genetics (designated) • Gene Regulation (designated) • Neuropharmacology (compulsory) • Molecular Pharmacology (compulsory) • Toxicology (designated) • Drug Discovery & Development (designated) • Pharmacology Dissertation (compulsory) Module information is quoted for 2023 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A-level Chemistry or Biology at grade C and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics; or an Extended Diploma in Applied Science, Applied Human Biology, or Pharmaceutical Science or similar science subject or a T-Level in Science are required

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GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualification

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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Pharmacology at University of Northampton - UCAS