Pharmacology at London Metropolitan University - UCAS

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Course summary

Why study this course? This course focuses on how chemical compounds interact with living systems, looking particularly at drugs and their effects on disease. If you want to be involved in developing or testing new safe drugs for illnesses, or the analysis of pharmacological data, this practical degree will teach you the key laboratory and analytical skills in our cutting-edge Science Centre and in the classroom. More about this course You’ll learn about the way molecules act on receptors to produce particular effects in the body, and use this information to understand how compounds can be used to treat disease. You’ll look at examples such as the way antipsychotic drugs are used to treat schizophrenia and the types of drugs used to treat high blood pressure. You’ll also study drug development and screening, as well as how to best analyse pharmacological data. You’ll learn through a combination of lectures and tutorials, online facilities and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art £30 million Science Centre. You’ll complete an independent research project in your final year and also have the option to undertake a work placement in the industry to gain real, hands-on experience and boost your CV. What our students say “I really enjoyed the Pharmacology course and a huge part of this was due to excellent lab facilities. I found lecturers and tutors helpful, and they were able to engage me in the subjects they taught. I can truly say that I'm glad that I've chosen this university and course." “I would recommend London Met not only because of the great opportunities it offers to students but also because the lecturers are passionate and dedicated to forming the next generation of scientists. Additionally, London Met is a vast, multicultural and very enriching place to study; I would definitely recommend it. The course prepared me very well for a career in science and offered me all the necessary tools and opportunities to become what I always wanted to be.”


Modules listed are subject to change. For full, up-to-date module details please visit the course page on the University website. Year 1 modules include: Introduction to Laboratory Skills (core, 15 credits); Anatomy and Physiology 1 (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits); Anatomy and Physiology 2 (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits); Cell Biology (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits); General Chemistry (core, 15 credits); Laboratory Techniques with Data Handling (core, 15 credits); Biochemistry (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits); Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits) Year 2 modules include: Principles of Pharmacodynamics (core, 15 credits); Quantitative Analysis (core, 15 credits); Molecular Biology (core, 15 credits); Metabolism (core, 15 credits); Principles of Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Delivery (core, 15 credits); Spectroscopic Methods (core, 15 credits); Human Immunity (core, 15 credits); Microbiology (core, 15 credits) Year 3 modules include: Systems Pharmacology (core, 15 credits); Toxicology (core, 15 credits); Research Project (core, 30 credits); Project (core, 30 credits); Biochemical Pathology (core, 15 credits); Neuropharmacology (core, 15 credits); Systems Pathology (option, 15 credits); Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling (option, 15 credits); Formulation and Quality Assurance of Solutions, Suspensions and Emulsions (option, 15 credits); Virology (option, 15 credits); Medical Genetics (option, 15 credits); Advanced Bioanalytical Science (option, 15 credits); Formulation and Quality Assurance of Solids and Semisolids (option, 15 credits); Sandwich Placement (option, 30 credits); Work Placement (option, 15 credits)

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through progress tests, datasheets, comprehension exercises, practical portfolios, and end-of-module examinations.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For up to date English language requirements please see:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent). We accept a broad range of equivalent level qualifications, please check the UCAS tariff calculator or contact us if you are unsure if you meet the minimum entry requirements for this course. We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £17600 Year 1
International £17600 Year 1
Channel Islands £17600 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £17600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Pharmacology at London Metropolitan University - UCAS