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About This Course
How can we support an ageing population and fight the increasing number of cases of diseases such as cancer? How can we help the one in four people suffering from mental health issues? These are just some of the challenges you’ll explore on our pharmacology and drug discovery degree. You’ll be able to apply your passion for chemistry and biology and put it to use for the good of human health, developing the life-changing medicines of the future.
You’ll study in the internationally renowned School of Pharmacy, which conducts world-class research in areas such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, antibiotic resistance and tissue engineering. Our research-rich environment is pivotal to the Pharmacology and Drug Discovery course, which has been designed to prepare you for a career at the forefront of pharmaceutical research.
Pharmacology is the study of drugs and their effects on living organisms. You’ll examine the way drugs work to combat disease and, combined with drug discovery, you will learn how new drugs are designed, synthesised and manufactured. The Pharmacology Drug Discovery programme is the only BSc of its type in the UK and is innovative in its multidisciplinary approach.
The course brings together scientific disciplines – biology, chemistry and physical sciences – around the context of disease and medicines. Within integrated modules, you’ll learn about the major diseases and the science behind the drugs used to treat them. We also include business studies to provide you with an understanding of management practice focused around the pharmaceutical industry – vital tools for working in today’s corporate world.
You’ll be taught by academic researchers including pharmacologists, cell biologists, and medicinal and pharmaceutical chemists, whose own research is in pharmacology and drug discovery. The course is designed to inform and inspire your journey to becoming a researcher in the pharmaceutical sciences. For example, in practical classes you’ll gain experience of synthetic medicinal chemistry as well as techniques in current molecular pharmacology – the techniques used in the discovery of new medicines. You’ll learn about designing experiments and how to write reports in the form of scientific papers. A highlight of the course will be performing your own original research in an individual project carried out within an active research laboratory.
Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: www.uea.ac.uk
The modules you study in Year 1 will provide you with an understanding of how drugs work, what they target and how they are developed. Your first year modules will include Cells, Physiology and Pharmacology and Life Sciences Chemistry. In Year 2, you will build on the knowledge you acquired in your first year, as you begin to apply your knowledge to systems of the body. Modules include, Drug Design and Mechanisms of Drug Action and Gastrointestinal Disease and Cancer. In your final year, you will complete a research project in collaboration with a research active faculty member. You will also have the opportunity to undertake modules such as Advanced Drug Discovery and Pharmacology and Toxicology.
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.
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||BBB||or ABC including Chemistry. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||in Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Science). Excludes BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services, BTEC Business Administration and BTEC Forensic Science.|
|Access to HE Diploma||M: 45 credits||including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry. Subject to passing the UEA Chemistry Test.|
|Scottish Higher||AABBB||including A in Chemistry.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||31 points||including Higher Level 5 in Chemistry.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||CCC||including Chemistry.|
GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4/C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C
We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website www.uea.ac.uk or email email@example.com
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)|
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|EU||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|International||£20,200 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.