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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
- 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
- Drug development and testing
- Medical writing
- Marketing and sales
- Regulatory affairs
- Clinical trial assistant/administrator
- Pharmacovigilance officer
- Research and development scientist/technician
- Secondary school teacher (with additional training)
- Regulatory executive
- Operations scientist
- Research associate
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.
- Biomedical Toolbox for Pharmacologists
- Immunology, Inflammatory Diseases & Infective Organisms
- Neuroscience, Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology
- Pharmacokinetics & Data Analysis
- Respiratory, Renal & Cardiovascular Pharmacology
- Business for Biosciences
- Enzymes and Metabolism.
- Antimicrobial and Antineoplastic Agents
- Cellular & Molecular Drug Targets
- Drug Development & Clinical Pharmacology
- Erasmus+ Laboratory Based Work Experience
- Laboratory Based Work Experience
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.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Royal Society of Biology
How to apply
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!
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.
|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
|IELTS (Academic)||6||English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.|
|PTE Academic||54||An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||79||79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|