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Medical Pharmacology with a Foundation Year

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

CCD which must include Chemistry.

Other UK and International qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis – please contact us to discuss them.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

24 to include Higher Level grade 4 in Chemistry

Leaving Certificate 4 Higher subjects at min. H4 including Chemistry H3

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

DMM

DMM including Chemistry modules

Scottish Advanced Higher accepted as equivalent to any A-Level

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge will be considered in lieu of a 3rd A-level (other than Chemistry)

UCAS Tariff

88

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Pharmacology

Learn about the science behind drugs and medicines, their effects on living systems, and their role in treating disease on our Medical Pharmacology with Foundation Year degree course.
The foundation year of this four-year course will introduce you to the key concepts and knowledge you need to progress to the BSc in Medical Pharmacolgy. Following successful completion of the Foundation Year with at least a 60% overall average, students will progress onto Year 1 of the BSc.
The Medical Pharmacology course curriculum has been developed following the guidance of the British Pharmacological Society, of which our Programme Director, Professor Lisa Wallace is a former Vice President and current Elected Trustee.

A mix of compulsory and optional modules gives you the scope to tailor your studies to your particular interests, career goals, or plans for post-graduate study.

You will benefit from access to the state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities at the Medical School, including our research laboratories.

This degree is part of our ‘Medical Science in Practice’ Pathway to Medicine programme. Provided you meet the minimum entry requirements for Graduate Entry Medicine, and have successfully completed the Pathway, you will be guaranteed an interview for our flagship Graduate Entry Medicine MBBCh course.
You will cover a diverse range of topics, including toxicology, chemistry, genetics, reproductive biology, physiology, immunology, pharmacogenomics, neuroscience, and drug development.

You will develop excellent analytical and project management skills, and learn how to design experiments and plan work programmes. Our academic staff are active in a diverse range of research fields, offering an unrivalled mix of academic excellence and cutting edge practice.

Our approach to learning encourages excellent analytical, research and communication skills, incorporating lectures, seminars, practical laboratory sessions, independent learning, and working in small groups.
Medical Pharmacology has been identified as a critical undergraduate degree, required to fill the current work force and skills gaps in medicine and pharmaceutical development. You could also pursue a career or further study in other fields including academic and industrial research, regulation, patent law, and medical writing.

Modules

In the foundation year, students will learn the basics of human biology, biological chemistry, data handling, and laboratory practice, giving students the knowledge to successfully progress onto year one of the BSc in Medical Pharmacology. The 1st of the year of the BSc is comprised of compulsory modules covering the fundamentals of human physiology, eukaryotic cell biology, chemistry, toxicology, and microbiology. In year 2 you choose one of 3 Employability Strand (subject to eligibility): Medical Science in Practice, Enterprise and Innovation, and Medical Science in Research. As you progress, you will further develop your knowledge, studying specialised topics including pharmacogenomics, metabolic regulation, neuroscience, human immunology, and antimicrobial therapy and resistance. In your third year, you will complete an independent research project under the guidance of a professional research scientist, and study further specialised modules such as drug development, cancer pharmacology, reproductive biology and nanotoxicology.

Assessment methods

Assessments will consist of a combination of practicals, presentations, exams and written coursework

Extra funding

Swansea University offers a wide range of scholarships and bursaries which may be available to help finance your studies. Scholarships can be awarded to Welsh medium or international students, or for students excelling in exams, music or sport. Our income-related bursaries help students from lower income backgrounds. swansea.ac.uk/scholarships.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

Medicine

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
med
Pharmacology

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Pharmacology

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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
100%
high
Employed or in further education
59%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

79%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
14%
Health professionals
2%
Therapy 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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