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Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing

This course focuses on how chemical compounds interact with living systems, looking particularly at drugs and their effects in disease. If you want to be involved in developing or testing new, safe drugs for illnesses, or the analysis of pharmacological data, then this practical course will teach you the key laboratory and analytical skills in our cutting-edge science centre and in the classroom.

Key information

Key information about this course

FacultyFaculty of Life Sciences and Computing
Placement optionYes
Average graduate salary£22,000
Additional accreditationNo
Study LevelUndergraduate
Course LengthFull-time 3 years, Part-time 4 years
UCAS CodeB210
EntrySeptember 2014
Attendance typesFull-time, Part-time
Full time cost UK and EU students: £8,740 per year
International students: £10,000 per year
Part time cost UK and EU students: £2,185 per 30 credit module

Course overview and entry requirements

Course overview

Pharmacology is the study of drugs, their uses, and how they interact with living systems. We focus on the effects of chemical compounds on molecular, biochemical and physiological processes, particularly in humans. On this course you will be able to study how molecules act on receptors to produce particular effects at different levels of organisation in the body. This process illustrates how compounds can be used to treat disease – for example, how different classes of compounds can be used to treat high blood pressure, or how antipsychotic drugs are used to treat schizophrenia.

You will also learn about drug development and screening, and how to analyse pharmacological data. Study on this course involves lecture and tutorial sessions, the use of on-line facilities, as well as practical sessions in our state-of-the-art £30 million Science Centre.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent i.e Key Skills Level 3 etc) and
  • at least 220 points from two or more A levels, including a minimum C grade in Biology and Chemistry; or
  • at least 240 points from A levels to include an Applied Science A level Double Award grade CC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with MMM.

Entry from appropriate Foundation/Access courses will also be considered.

Accelerated study

Applications for advanced entry to year 2 or 3 of this programme will be assessed on an individual basis.

All applicants requesting advanced entry must supply a full and official transcript of their grades and modules plus at least one academic reference from their university.

Course structure and assessment

Course structure

Three levels, each of 120 credits.

Year 1 topics include:

  • Biochemistry, genetics, cell and molecular biology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Aspects of chemistry relevant to biological systems
  • An introduction to the essential laboratory skills and data handling required by all life scientists

Year 2 topics include:

  • Core areas of pharmacology
  • Metabolism
  • Microbiology
  • Analytical techniques
  • Molecular biology
  • Immunology

Year 3 topics include:

  • Drug action on organ systems in the body, including those of the central nervous system
  • A choice of modules looking at, for example, drug formulations, or bioinformatics
  • A laboratory-based project which will allow you to carry out your own pharmacological investigation


Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Pharmacologists are needed by the pharmaceutical industry to play key roles in drug development, clinical trials and toxicity studies for example. They are also employed by universities where they may be involved in both teaching and research. This course is designed to prepare students for careers in pharmacological research. Graduates looking to further their careers in pharmacology often undertake further study at postgraduate level.

Other possible career paths include journalism, marketing, patents and regulatory affairs, graduate entry into medicine, and education.

Applying and entry

How to apply

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the online application.

Non UK and EU applicants for September entry may apply via UCAS, but may also apply directly to the University via the apply online button.

Contact Admissions if you need any assistance.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accept applications for full-time courses starting in September one year before the start of the course.

Our UCAS institution code is L68.

Visit UCAS for more details.

Contact details

Tel+44 (0)20 7133 4200

Apply online

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