251–300 th
World University Rankings 2020
76-100 th
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP, United Kingdom

Medical Pharmacology

Pharmacology is the science of drugs, their actions on living systems and their effects on health and disease. Through work force and skills gap analyses, Pharmacology has been identified as a critical undergraduate degree, required to treat the current patient population and develop the medicines of the future. Our BSc Medical Pharmacology programme aims to deliver an outstanding course that bridges medicine and science by ensuring that graduates develop the core knowledge, practical and employability skills to prepare them for work at the highest levels of science, medicine and the pharmaceutical and biomedical science industries. In addition to subject knowledge in pharmacology and medical science, students will, according to their interest, be provided with an enhanced understanding of academic research, medical practice, or research innovation and entrepreneurship. They will be able to communicate research to a range of audiences: colleagues in healthcare, academia, and industry, as well as the public. These skills will enable students to enter a rapidly evolving employment environment in which the motivation and skills for life-long learning are essential. Because Medical Pharmacology is a cross-cutting discipline, our programme covers a broad range of topics that underpin medicine and pharmacology including toxicology, drug development, neuroscience, genetics, reproductive biology, physiology, immunology, biochemistry, endocrinology and cardiovascular physiology. These topics will be explored in lectures, tutorials, and workshops. Team-work and professional communication skills will also be emphasised. Following a grounding in fundamental medical science, toxicology, and core practical skills in the first year, in the second year, students will tackle more complex subjects such as Biostatistics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, The Cardiovascular System, Pharmacogenomics, and Immunology. In their second year, students can choose to focus on one of three ‘Employability Strands’: Medical Research; Enterprise and Innovation or Medical Science in Practice (minimum 60% year 1 average required). The third year then exposes students to more specialised fields such as Advanced Pharmacology, Human Biology and the Environment, Reproductive Biology, Nanotoxicology, and Drug Development and Regulation. During their final year, students will further develop independent research skills relevant to their chosen Employability Strand through completion of their own 'capstone’ dissertation project. This project requires that they draw from knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the course. Our BSc Medical Pharmacology is included in the 'Pathways to Medicine' programme whereby students are guaranteed an interview for Graduate Entry Medicine MB BCh at Swansea University provided they have chosen the Medical Sciences in Practice Employability Strand (60% average in year 1), performed satisfactorily, and have met the minimum entry criteria at the time they apply to Graduate Entry Medicine. **We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.**