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Pharmacology is the science of drugs and how they act, including the search for new drugs, investigations into how they can best be used to treat disease, and their effects on the body. Our wide-ranging Pharmacology BSc course has been designed to give you a sound understanding of the biological action of drugs and chemicals, the way they work at the molecular, cellular and systems level and their use in medicines for the treatment of disease. It is an ideal grounding for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or general biomedical research and for graduate entry to Medicine. However, the course will also equip you with a range of transferrable skills, including data gathering, analysis and interpretation, presentation and team-work that are recognised and valued by employers in both the public and private sector across a variety of industries. This course forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year one’ courses within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Once you have successfully completed year one, you can choose to switch to any other courses within this suite. Alternatively, after the ‘Common Year One’ course, you can apply to transfer to one of our four-year MSci courses: Biochemistry MSci; Molecular Genetics MSci; Neuroscience MSci. In year three you can apply to transfer to the four-year Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research MSci. You may also choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, or to undertake an extra-mural or work placement, usually at a leading biomedicine employer. Teaching Teaching on this course takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research and writing assignments. If you choose an extra-mural placement this will be assessed through a written dissertation and a poster presentation which will be deemed equivalent to 60 credits at level 6 (the normal level of year 3 study). Studying abroad You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, which currently include: The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden The University of Melbourne, Australia National University of Singapore The University of California The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option. Extra-mural year Alternatively, you may apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Placements, either in the UK or overseas, may be in a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute.courses incorporating the extra-mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Placement companies in the past have included: CIB (Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas), Madrid Eli Lilly & Company Ltd GlaxoSmithKline Co. Durham / Stevenage / Uxbridge Huntingdon Life Sciences Limited Imanova Ltd, Imperial College Life Science Institute, National University of Singapore Medical Research Council Technology MRC National Institute for Medical Research Novartis Switzerland / UK / USA NUS Singapore Pfizer William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary’s University London Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases (CARD), King’s College London Integrated Pharmacology & Physiology for Research MSci During year three you can apply to transfer to the four-year MSci Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research, on which you will be required to take a 90-credit research project usually at an external industrial provider within the UK during your fourth year.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,LondonUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250