This degree explores how drugs work on the human body. It gives you specialist knowledge relevant to a career in the pharmaceutical industry.
At a Glance
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A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 34-35 points
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Pharmacology is the study of how drugs act on the human body and vice versa. It is thanks to pharmacologists that you can take an aspirin when you get a headache, or anaesthetic when you have a filling.
- drug development
- anticancer drugs
You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of drug classes. You also develop a sound understanding of the drug development process.
Study with us and you'll:
- train in techniques and in vivo skills that are in demand in the pharmaceutical industry and research
- boost your CV through work experience here at the University
- learn from experts and graduate with the latest knowledge of human health and disease
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
We are a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research.
Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences at Newcastle is highly regarded, achieving between 96-100% for overall student satisfaction across all of our subjects in the 2016 National Student Survey.
We rank in the top ten in the UK for Biomedical Sciences in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 (in the Subjects Allied to Medicine category).
Study at the cutting edgeStudy at the cutting edge
Scientists working in biomedicine are at the forefront of medical developments that can save lives.
By studying one of our degrees, you're taking your first step towards a rewarding career in science.
We'll make sure you get the best start by providing expert teaching at the cutting edge of the subject.
We're a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research and our world-leading expert staff teach at all levels on our degree programmes.
This means you graduate with the latest knowledge in human health and disease.
Boost your employability with a professional placement yearBoost your employability with a professional placement year
It's important to stand out in the graduate employment market, so all of our programmes are available with an optional professional placement year between Stages 2 and 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise. If you impress your host company, it could even result in a job offer on graduation.
Placement examples could include:
- research and development
- clinical trial work
- quality and assurance
- regulatory affairs
Once you're here, placement opportunities will be advertised. You'll be fully supported to apply, for example, through CV writing advice.
When you've secured a placement, you will be automatically transferred onto the relevant Professional Placement Year degree programme. Work placements extend your degree by a year and are subject to availability.
Get work experience whilst you studyGet work experience whilst you study
We provide lots of work experience opportunities here at the University, to help you boost your employability alongside your studies.
- vacation studentship opportunities in one of the University's research laboratories
- paid part-time work in one of our research institutes through our Laboratory Assistant scheme
- employability ambassador scheme
- student mentoring scheme
The University has an award-winning Careers Service. They can help you find suitable work, provide interview training and offer advice on your CV and application forms.
Develop advanced research skillsDevelop advanced research skills
In your final year you complete a research project on a topic that interests you.
This gives you practical experience of planning and conducting research, boosting your CV with desirable research skills.
Most students do their project work in one of our research institutes.
Here, you're working alongside leading scientists. You'll develop advanced scientific skills and get an insight into a career as a researcher.
Your project may be:
- a laboratory project in one of our internationally rated research institutes
- a laboratory project in a research laboratory abroad
- a clinical study under the supervision of one of the medically qualified staff
- a project with a local school or college
- an IT-based project
Study abroadStudy abroad
If you want to experience life in another country, you can work or study abroad as part of your degree.
A year abroad boosts your CV, your confidence and your communication skills.
It shows employers you embrace new experiences and gives you intercultural awareness.
We have partners across Europe and in Australia and Singapore. You can:
- study abroad at a partner university
- take a summer placement in a research laboratory overseas
(UK and EU students only)
Transfer to Medicine or DentistryTransfer to Medicine or Dentistry
There is flexibility to transfer between our degree programmes at the end of the first year if you find your interests change.
You can also apply to transfer to our Medicine or Dentistry degree. This opportunity is open to UK, EU and international students. It is competitive, with a limited number of places available. Students are selected on the basis of academic performance in the first year, a UKCAT score, a personal statement and, if shortlisted, an interview.
You'll be based in the School of Biomedical Sciences. The School is in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, which is also home to Dentistry, Medicine and Psychology.
Situated alongside Newcastle's RVI hospital, we're one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.
Our facilities include:
- a dedicated medical library with a wide range of specialist books and journals
- large teaching laboratories
- hi-tech computer clusters and study spaces
Newcastle's vibrant city centre is just a few minutes' walk away.
Visit the School's website to watch videos by undergraduates who have recorded their experiences working in our labs and find out what former students have done since graduating.
Teaching and assessment
You'll learn through a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes and small group seminars.
You also have the chance to attend optional research talks, aimed especially at first-year students, as part of our biomedicine+ programme.
Assessment is by examinations and coursework assignments. These include:
- practical assessments
- seminar tasks
- written work
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Support and settling inSupport and settling in
We provide plenty of support to help you successfully move from school to university study. We'll help you settle in quickly and are here if you have any issues.
We support you through:
- a personal tutor