Pharmacology BSc (Hons)


Do you want to be at the forefront of pharmacological science, working in an industry that makes a positive impact to our society? Whether you want to develop and test new drugs or work on marketing strategies for the next advancement in medicine, this is the course for you.

We’ve been teaching this BSc (Hons) Pharmacology degree course for more than 40 years. You’ll graduate with the skills you need to get started in the ever-evolving pharmacology industry.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Use our pharmacology, chemistry and microbiology laboratories
  • Explore new techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, such as DNA drugs, and investigate areas like how cells communicate with each other
  • Use our specialist facilities, which include live cell imaging, spectroscopy equipment, chromatography instruments, molecular modelling facilities, chemical synthesis facilities, and confocal, electron and fluorescence microscopes

You can also:

  • Join one of our internationally-recognised research groups
  • Apply to the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, which involves a summer research placement at a European university

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities, including a summer research placement at a European university, that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Pharmacology degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Cells to Systems
  • Introduction to Formulation
  • Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Key Skills
  • Laboratory Skills and Analytical Techniques
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Biomedical Toolbox for Pharmacologists
  • Immunology, Inflammatory Diseases & Infective Organisms
  • Neuroscience, Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology
  • Pharmacokinetics & Data Analysis
  • Respiratory, Renal & Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Business for Biosciences
  • Enzymes and Metabolism

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Antimicrobial and Antineoplastic Agents
  • Cellular & Molecular Drug Targets
  • Drug Development & Clinical Pharmacology
  • Neuropharmacology

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Erasmus+ Laboratory Based Work Experience
  • Laboratory Based Work Experience
  • Project


Teaching activities on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical laboratory work
  • guided reading

All of the modules you'll take are fully supported by online lecture and study materials, and our academic staff will share their expertise in practice and research.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • diagnostic tests
  • written assignments
  • oral and poster presentations
  • online tests
  • group-based assessments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.

What can you do with a Pharmacology degree?

You’ll be able to start a career in all areas of the pharmaceutical industry, including:

  • drug development and testing
  • medical writing
  • marketing and sales
  • regulatory affairs

What jobs can you do with a Pharmacology degree?

Roles you could do include:

  • clinical trial assistant/administrator
  • pharmacovigilance officer
  • R&D scientist/technician
  • secondary school teacher (with additional training)
  • regulatory executive
  • operations scientist
  • research associate

You can also continue your studies at postgraduate level, or set up a business with help and support from the University.

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

CCC-BBB from A levels, or equivalent, to include Biology or Chemistry, plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applied Science not accepted. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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