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Pharmacology (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Pharmacology (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree is the perfect start to your university studies if you’re interested in starting a career in science, but can't meet the entry requirements for a traditional three-year degree in pharmacology. This four-year course has a built-in foundation year designed to give you the key skills in pharmacology you’ll need to advance through the rest of the course.

The course will help you pursue a career in the development and testing of new drugs for illnesses such as schizophrenia and cancer.

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More about this course

On the foundation year of your course you’ll become familiar with the fundamental principles of chemistry, biochemistry, biology and mathematics. You’ll learn about the essential molecules that cells consist of and the roles of cells within the body, as well as logical argument making and how to practice safely within a laboratory environment.

Our £30 million Science Centre is one of the largest and most advanced teaching facilities in Europe. It contains a Superlab with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities especially for microbiology and tissue culture. You’ll take your classes in this impressive facility and encounter the kind of specialist tools you’ll be using in the real working world, meaning you’ll graduate from this degree with real working experience and the scientific knowledge to build a long and rewarding career in pharmacology.

The foundation year of this course is shared with several other science-related foundation degrees which allows you to study among other students who are interested in various science subjects.

There will be some flexibility to change your subject during your foundation year should you decide you’d like to specialise in another area of study.

You’ll be supported during your course by our dedicated tutors who are experts in the field. 


There is a continuous approach to ssessments on the course that include progress tests, coursework, examinations, datasheets, comprehension exercises and portfolios.

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UCAS code B211
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Entry requirements

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a grade D/grade 3 in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas.

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.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Example Year 0 modules include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Scientific Studies

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Laboratory Science

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • Analytical Science
  • Drugs: Delivery and Action
  • Human Immunity
  • Metabolism
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • Biochemical Pathology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Systems Pharmacology
  • Project
  • Research Project
  • Advanced Bioanalytical Science
  • Bioinformatics & Molecular Modelling
  • Formulation and Quality Assurance of Medicines
  • Medical Genetics
  • Sandwich Placement
  • Systems Pathology
  • Virology
  • Work Placement

What our students say

“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."

After the course

There are many career paths available to you as a pharmacology graduate. You could become an Analytical Chemist, Biomedical Scientist, pharmacologist, medical chemist, Toxicologist or a research scientist in medicine or the life sciences. 

You could also choose to boost your earning potential by studying a postgraduate degree.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you can't meet the necessary entry requirements or don't have the traditional qualifications required to start a standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Additional costs

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

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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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