Pharmacology - BSc (Hons)
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.
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.
You'll be assessed through progress tests, datasheets, comprehension exercises, practical portfolios, and end-of-module examinations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent)
- 220 or more UCAS points from two or more A levels, including Biology and Chemistry at grade C or above (or equivalent, eg Applied Science A level Double Award at grade CC or above, or BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with MMM)
Entry from appropriate foundation or access courses will also be considered.
If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Pharmacology BSc Extended Degree.
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 more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.
If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.
Year 1 modules include:
- Anatomy and Physiology (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)
- Cell and Molecular Biology (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)
- Chemistry and Biochemistry (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)
- Laboratory Science (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)
Year 2 modules include:
- Bioanalytical Science
- Metabolism and Microbiology
- Molecules of Heredity and Defence
- Key Concepts in Pharmacology
Year 3 modules include:
- Biochemical Pathology
- Integrated Pharmacology
- Research Project (for Biomedical Science)
- Advanced Bioanalytical Science (optional)
- Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling (optional)
- Formulation and Manufacture (optional)
- Medical Genetics (optional)
- Systems Pathology (optional)
- Virology (optional)
- Work Placement (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science) (optional)
“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.”
Pharmacologists are in high demand and there are opportunities to work in a wide variety of areas such as drug development, clinical trials and toxicity studies. Our previous graduates have gone on to find employment with companies such as Parexel.
Alternatively, you could choose to work in universities in either teaching or research, or continue your studies at postgraduate level.
You’ll also develop transferable skills such as team-working and research that can be applied to jobs in non-science industries, such as financial services, journalism and marketing.
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like 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.
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How to apply
Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.
Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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