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Pharmacology

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

to include Biology. Excludes General Studies.

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits of which 15 must be at Distinction in Biology units and 15 at Merit. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English, Mathematics and two Sciences.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

to include a minimum of 5 points in Biology at Higher level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

in a Biological Science subject. Excludes Health and Social Care.

UCAS Tariff

120

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Pharmacology

Our experienced teaching team have worked within cardiovascular and respiratory pharmacology, clinical toxicology, NHS pathology laboratories. Staff will bring their professional and research expertise into their teaching through the use of contemporary clinical case studies as the basis for problem based learning activities.

We have excellent links with domestic and international pharmaceutical companies who enhance our course through guest lectures and site visits. Many also offer professional placements, with opportunities to spend a year in industry in the UK or overseas; past students have worked at John Radcliffe Hospital and companies like Binding Site, Astra Zenica and Pfizer as far afield as Canada, Spain and the Netherlands. We also offer sponsored summer studentships in a variety of areas, including anticancer, cardiovascular, antimicrobial drug discovery, toxicology, and projects in schools to enhance your employability.

There is a focus on developing laboratory and other scientific skills, so laboratory sessions form a substantial component of the learning experience, enabling you to learn key experimental techniques and the chance to develop essential experimental, data handling and reporting skills required in biological and other careers. Other scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics are integrated within the course.

Our practical approach has resulted in high levels of student satisfaction – 97% for the quality of teaching in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 – and 100% of students felt staff are good at explaining things.

**Key Course Benefits**
* Teaching links with the local National Health Service (NHS) cardiac rehabilitation team and with staff in hospital diagnostic laboratories.

* Extensive industry links with a number of pharmaceutical companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Proctor and Gamble and Astra Zeneca, and collaborative research links with World Precision Instruments.

* Access to a well-equipped suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you will get hands on experience using industry standard techniques, such as flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography, and confocal microscopy.

* Opportunities to attend guest lecturers from current practitioners in the pharmaceutical industry, laboratory research and other jobs in science in areas including pharmacogenomics, neuropharmacology, pharmacovigilance and drug transport and development.

* Research-inspired teaching with input from experts in our Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences research centre, which focuses on the themes of: cellular and molecular biosciences; biological systems, health and disease; and physical activity, exercise and obesity.

Modules

Your main study themes are:

**Human Physiology in Health and Diseases** The science behind the structure and functions of the human body and the way it adapts to its environment. You will study cause-and-effect mechanisms, integrating comparisons between healthy and disease states. You’ll be introduced to laboratory techniques for the measurement of physiological variables, such as. metabolic rate, heart rate, blood pressure and spirometry.

**Pharmacology** The study of the mechanisms by which drugs interact with biochemical, cellular and physiological systems. This includes principles of how drugs produce beneficial effects in a variety of disease states how drug action is quantified. The mechanisms and clinical uses of drugs which act to modify or mimic peripheral nervous system function will also be considered.

**Skills in Biomolecular Science** Equips you with essential professional and practical laboratory skills, including sessions on experimental design, simple quantitative manipulation of laboratory data and the use of bioinformatics resources.

**Cell and Molecular Biology** Provides an understanding of the structure and functions of mammalian cells and the metabolic processes that occur within them. You will cover cell division mechanisms, energy metabolism, cell communication and cell defence, in particular looking at cancer cells. You will learn about genetic inheritance patterns linked to the understanding of DNA replication, transcription and translation, investigating complex genetic disorders such as heart disease and dementia.

**Biochemistry and Microbiology** The structure of biological molecules and their functional properties within the cell, including the action of enzymes, bacterial cell structure and growth.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Life Sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


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Subjects allied to medicine

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

37%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
33%
Therapy professionals
7%
Health professionals

As only a relatively small number of students study pharmacology or toxicology, these statistics refer most closely to the graduate prospects of pharmacy graduates, so bear that in mind when you review them. Only a handful of students take first degrees in pure toxicology every year — the subject is more popular at Masters level. Pharmacology is a degree that tends to lead to jobs in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and outcomes are improving again after a difficult time in the last few years. Jobs in pharmacology are often very specialist and so it’s no surprise that pharmacologists are amongst the most likely of all students to go on to a doctorate — if you want a job in research, start thinking about a PhD. As for pharmacy, unemployment rates are below 1% and 95% of pharmacy graduates had jobs as pharmacists (mostly in retail pharmacists) six months after they left their courses - employment rates have gone up significantly in the last couple of years.

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