If you love performing experiments in high-tech labs and want to study alongside researchers who are doing important work to understand how diseases such as Covid-19 spread and evolve, this BSc (Hons) Pharmacology degree is for you.
Pharmacology is the study of drugs and how they affect living systems. Using specialist facilities, you'll deepen your chemistry and biology knowledge as you study how drugs – such as painkillers, antibiotics and even caffeine – alter the body.
You'll set yourself for a fulfilling career working in an industry that improves the lives of millions of people. You could work in areas such as new drug development, medical writing, regulatory affairs and pharmaceutical marketing.
What you’ll experience
- Explore the latest techniques and methods for diagnosing and treating diseases
- Investigate how cells communicate with each other and why people's bodies respond differently to the same drugs
- Look at how new medicines are developed, tested and launched
- Enhance your CV on a laboratory-based work experience module and on a sandwich year in industry (subject to successful applications)
- Have the opportunity to do summer research placement at one of our partner universities overseas
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, this course includes an optional sandwich year in industry and an optional lab-based work experience module (both subject to a successful applications). You could also do a summer research placement at a European university.
Previous students have completed work placements at organisations including pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Catalent.
Our specialist team of Science and Health Careers advisors can help you with finding a work placement and improving your employability skills. They'll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search – including help with applications and interviews – and support throughout your placement year.
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, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Teaching activities on this course include:
- 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.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
How you're assessed
- 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.
From the medicines in your bathroom cabinet to the drug combinations used to treat cancer, the work of pharmacologists plays a crucial role in society. So there's always demand for pharmacology graduates.
With your degree in pharmacology, you could start a career in any part of the pharmaceutical industry, including:
- drug development and testing
- medical writing
- marketing and sales
- regulatory affairs
You could specialise in a particular area of pharmacology, such as:
- cardiovascular pharmacology
- animal pharmacology
Roles you could do include:
- clinical trial assistant/administrator
- pharmacovigilance officer
- research and development scientist/technician
- secondary school teacher (with additional training)
- regulatory executive
- operations scientist
- research associate