This cutting-edge extended pharmacology degree focuses on the study of chemical compounds and their interaction with living organisms. Placing special emphasis on natural and synthetic drugs and their uses in the fight against disease, this course is perfect for you if you're aiming for a career in pharmacology, but don't have the qualifications necessary for entry onto a traditional three-year Pharmacology BSc (Hons) degree programme.
Designed specifically for students without the standard qualifications required for entry onto a traditional three-year programme, this four-year BSc Pharmacology extended degree includes a comprehensive foundation year – Year 0 (Level 3). Taught by experts in the field, this initial year of tuition will equip you with the academic knowledge you need to progress and succeed on our Pharmacology BSc (Hons), which constitutes the remaining three years of study.
Designed to prepare you for a career in pharmacological research, throughout the degree you’ll study the effects of different chemical compounds on living systems and learn how different drugs can be used to treat illnesses, from cancer to schizophrenia. Taught through lectures, tutorials and practical hands-on sessions in our state-of-the-art Science Centre, you’ll also learn how to analyse pharmacological data, study the techniques behind drug development and screening, and hone the key laboratory skills vital for a career in pharmacology.
You'll be continuously assessed throughout the course via a range of progress tests, coursework, online tests, practical reports and presentations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
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.
Other applicants may have Level 3 qualifications such as A level, BTEC Extended Diploma or Access to Higher education qualifications with high UCAS points and grades, but not in the relevant subject areas (biology and chemistry) which are required to study for BSc programmes in the School of Human Sciences.
Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3 from 2017) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
This module introduces students to key biochemical concepts to provide a foundation for subsequent study in the Applied Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular & Pharmaceutical Science subject areas at Level 4.
The aim of this module is to give students the necessary background to appreciate the structure and function of the key molecules that cells are made of such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. An introduction to the principles of cellular energetics and metabolism will be given, and the maintenance of biological pH buffering systems will be discussed. This will provide suitable grounding for the study of life science subjects at level 4
This module introduces students to key concepts of cell biology and human physiology to provide a foundation for subsequent study of biological subjects at Level 4. The key aims and objectives of this module are to enable students to achieve a fundamental knowledge base of biology which will underpin studies at higher levels. An introduction will be given to the structure of cells and the concept of the cell as the basic unit of life. A range of cell types will be discussed. Following an appreciation of the role of cells in the structure and function of tissues and organs, students will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of key organ systems in the body.
This module will be introducing important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow students to study scientific subjects at level 4. The module aims to develop students’ understanding of fundamental concepts key to subjects involving the molecular sciences. In addition, skills adjunct to the chemical sciences including numeracy, logical argument, research, referencing and the utilisation of abstract models will be developed.
This module will introduce (i) the basic mathematical concepts needed to succeed on any science degree course; (ii) basic laboratory techniques related to life science modules, designed to support and re-inforce theoretical syllabus content; (iii) study skills to prepare students for future studies. The practical section will reinforce safe practice in the laboratory environment and introduce laboratory record keeping. The mathematics section will be taught using equations relevant to biology and chemistry to encourage connections between disciplines to be made. Supporting material will be available on-line; tutorial sessions will focus on practising mathematical techniques. Formative online pre-laboratory session questions will prepare the students in advance for the practical in question. Formative exercises in the form of mini tests will be carried out during tutorial sessions to reinforce the previous lecture.
In terms of aims, this module will enable students to consolidate their understanding of mathematics, and to increase confidence by extending their use of mathematical vocabulary, definitions and formal reasoning. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and chemical procedures. Particular attention will be drawn to developing study skills, and to broadening students’ transferable skills in time management, writing and studying skills, enabling them to derive maximum benefit from their proposed courses of study. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and biochemical procedures relevant to any science degree.
During Year 0 (Level 3), study the core modules and disciplines you need to progress onto our three-year Pharmacology BSc, induding biology and chemistry.
Following successful completion of the foundation year, you’ll progress onto Year 1 (Level 4) of the degree programme. Building on your skills and knowledge, you’ll study modules as diverse as biochemistry, genetics and cell and molecular biology, and will begin to learn the essential laboratory and data handling skills required by all scientists. In Years 2 and 3 (Levels 4 and 5), you’ll extend your knowledge and study a range of topics – from immunology and molecular biology to the actions of different drugs on organ system in the body. You’ll also be able to choose from an exciting range of optional modules and take part in an in-depth laboratory-based project.
The first year of this extended degree (Year 0) is a modular course that runs over two semesters. In each semester, all full-time students enrol on four modules. Year 0 can also be studied part-time over two years.
Year 0 (Level 3) core topics include:
Modules at levels 4, 5 and 6 can be found on the Pharmacology BSc (Hons) course page.
Graduates of our three-year Pharmacology BSc degree said:
“I really enjoyed pharmacology course and huge part of this was due to excellent lab facilities. I found most lecturers and tutors helpful and able to engage me into subjects 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 form the next generation scientists. Additionally London Met is a vast multicultural and very enriching place to study; I did not regret my choice and I would definitely recommend it as the course prepared me very well for a career in science and as it offered me all the necessary tools and opportunities to become what I always wanted to be.”
Perfect for students looking for a career in pharmacological research, a degree in pharmacology could lead to a career in drug development, toxicity studies, clinical trials, teaching and research. Other careers could include journalism, graduate entry into medicine, and education.
Many graduates hoping to further their careers also undertake additional study of pharmacology at postgraduate level.
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
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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