University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Pharmacology

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Course summary

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Overview Pharmacology is the study of drugs and how they affect the human body and other living systems. If you love performing experiments in a lab and want to work in an industry that improves the lives of millions of people, this BSc (Hons) Pharmacology degree is for you. You'll deepen your chemistry and biology knowledge as you study how drugs – such as painkillers, antibiotics and even caffeine – alter the body's systems. You'll investigate why people's bodies respond differently to the same drugs and look at how new medicines are developed, tested and launched. You'll have the opportunity to further enhance your career prospects and workplace skills by applying to do a sandwich year in industry. An optional module allows you to study the business side of the pharmacology industry. When you graduate, you'll be set for a career or further study in areas such as new drug development, medical writing, regulatory affairs and pharmaceutical marketing. Accredited by: This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. What you'll experience On this course you'll:

  • Use our pharmacology, chemistry and microbiology laboratories
  • Explore the latest techniques and methods for diagnosing and treating diseases, such as using DNA drugs, and investigate how cells communicate with each other
  • Use our high-tech specialist facilities, which include live cell imaging, spectroscopy equipment, chromatography instruments, molecular modelling facilities, chemical synthesis facilities, and confocal, electron and fluorescence microscopes
  • Develop transferable skills you can use in all areas of your life and career, such as communication, team working, decision making and time management
You can also:
  • Apply your learning in the workplace on a laboratory-based work experience module and on a sandwich year in industry, boosting your career prospects (subject to successful applications)
  • Join one of our internationally-recognised research groups
  • Apply to the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, which involves a summer research placement at a European university
Careers and opportunities From the medicines in your bathroom cabinet to the drug combinations used to treat cancer, the work of pharmacologists plays a crucial role in society. So there's always demand for pharmacology graduates. With your degree in pharmacology, you could start a career in any part of the pharmaceutical industry, including:
  • Drug development and testing
  • Medical writing
  • Marketing and sales
  • Regulatory affairs
Roles you could do include:
  • Clinical trial assistant/administrator
  • Pharmacovigilance officer
  • Research and development scientist/technician
  • Secondary school teacher (with additional training)
  • Regulatory executive
  • Operations scientist
  • Research associate
You can also continue your studies at postgraduate level on a PhD, MRes or MSc programme. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Cells to Systems
  • Introduction to Formulation
  • Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Key Skills
  • Laboratory Skills and Analytical Techniques
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Biomedical Toolbox for Pharmacologists
  • Immunology, Inflammatory Diseases & Infective Organisms
  • Neuroscience, Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology
  • Pharmacokinetics & Data Analysis
  • Respiratory, Renal & Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Business for Biosciences
  • Enzymes and Metabolism.
Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Antimicrobial and Antineoplastic Agents
  • Cellular & Molecular Drug Targets
  • Drug Development & Clinical Pharmacology
  • Neuropharmacology
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Erasmus+ Laboratory Based Work Experience
  • Laboratory Based Work Experience
  • Project
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through diagnostic tests, written assignments, oral and poster presentations, online tests, group-based assessments. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level ABB - BCC ABB-BCC from A levels, to include Biology or Chemistry, plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applied Science not accepted. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM - DMM Must be in Applied Science.
Access to HE Diploma 106-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science), with a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Biology and a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Chemistry passed at Merit or above.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher CDD - BCC CDD-BCC from Advanced Highers, to include Biology or Chemistry plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applied Science not accepted.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 - 31 points IB Diploma with 655 - 666 at Higher Level, to include Biology plus Chemistry or Mathematics. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 - H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 To include Higher Level Biology or Chemistry at H3 plus a second Science subject or Mathematics. Applicants not studying Chemistry at Higher Level, will require Chemistry at Ordinary Level.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M3, P1 - D3, M2, M2 3 Principal Subjects at M2 M3 P1 - D3 M2 M2. To include Principal Subjects in Biology or Chemistry, plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and either Biology or Chemistry (whichever is not taken to A level standard) or Double Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and either Biology or Chemistry (whichever is not taken to A level standard) or Double Science.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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
International £17600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance EU **Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the EU bursary discount.** For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £1,700 Year abroad of a language course £1,700. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**
Pharmacology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS