Pharmacology University of Portsmouth

Undergraduate

Overview
Do you want to be at the forefront of pharmacological science, working in an industry that makes a positive impact to our society? Whether you want to develop and test new drugs or work on marketing strategies for the next advancement in medicine, this is the course for you.

We’ve been teaching this BSc (Hons) Pharmacology degree course for more than 40 years. You’ll graduate with the skills you need to get started in the ever-evolving pharmacology industry.

On this course you'll:

  • Use our pharmacology, chemistry and microbiology laboratories

  • Explore new techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, such as DNA drugs, and investigate areas like how cells communicate with each other

  • Use our specialist facilities, which include live cell imaging, spectroscopy equipment, chromatography instruments, molecular modelling facilities, chemical synthesis facilities, and confocal, electron and fluorescence microscopes

You can also:

  • Join one of our internationally-recognised research groups

  • Apply to the Erasmus exchange scheme, which involves a summer research placement at a European university

Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities, including a summer research placement at a European university, that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. You’ll be able to start a career in all areas 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

  • R&D scientist/technician

  • secondary school teacher (with additional training)

  • regulatory executive

  • operations scientist

  • research associate

You can also continue your studies at postgraduate level, or set up a business with help and support from the University.

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Professional accreditations
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means your qualification is recognised in the industry. This gives you an edge over those who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

You can also apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology when you complete the course. This gives you membership benefits including access to professional networks and conferences.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    16 September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years


Course details

Modules

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently studied

Year 1

Core units in this year include:

Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Cells to Systems
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Key Skills
Introduction to Formulation
Laboratory Skills and Analytical Techniques
There are no optional units in this year.

Year 2

Core units in this year include:

Biomedical Toolbox
Immunology,Inflammatory Diseases and Infective Organisms
Neuroscience, Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology
Pharmacokinetics and Data Analysis
Respiratory, Renal and Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Optional units in this year currently include:

Protein Science
Business for Biosciences
Institution-wide Language Programme

Year 3

Core units in this year include:

Antimicrobial and Antineoplastic Agents
Cellular and Molecular Drug Targets
Drug Development and Clinical Pharmacology
Neuropharmacology
Optional units in this year currently include:

Laboratory Based Work Experience
Project

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.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 40% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 37% by coursework
Year 2 students: 55% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 37% by coursework
Year 3 students: 50% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 47% by coursework

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.

Course code B210
Institution code P80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff BBB-CCC from A levels, or equivalent, 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.
A level BBB-CCC 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 Must be in Applied Science.
Access to HE Diploma 122 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.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M2, M2 3 Principal Subjects at M2 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.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points 29 points from the IB Diploma, with 664 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, 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.
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 CCC - DDD CCC-DDD from Advanced Highers, to include Biology or Chemistry plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applied Science not accepted.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
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.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,900 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/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 International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,400 Year abroad of a language course £2,400. 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.**