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University of Leeds

Pharmacology

UCAS Code: B210

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,A,B

Including Biology or Chemistry, plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.  We accept the following: • Science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, PE and physics.  • Science-related subjects: geography, psychology, use of maths and statistics. Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement. When an applicant is taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or the Cambridge International Project Qualification (Cambridge IPQ) this can be considered alongside A-levels and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A-levels, this would be ABB at A-level and grade A in the EPQ (BSc applicants) or AAB and grade A in the EPQ (MBiol applicants). GSCE: Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.

Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, graded at D45M0P0 to D39M6P0 including distinctions in Biology and Mathematics or Chemistry. Accept Access courses in Applied Science and Science. Will also consider (depending on subject content): • Biochemical Sciences • Biological and Health Science • Biological Sciences • Biosciences • Combined Sciences • Life and Biological Science • Physical Sciences

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3-D3,D3,M1

Including D3 in Biology or Chemistry plus another science or science-related subject. Global Perspectives excluded. When an applicant is taking Global Perspectives this can be considered alongside Pre-U subjects and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. This would be D3/M1/M1 and grade D3 in Global Perspectives (BSc applicants) or D3/D3/M1 and grade D3 in Global Perspectives (MBiol applicants).

Applicants offering an EPQ or IPQ qualification will receive a standard offer, as shown above, plus an alternative offer. The alternative offer would be ABB plus grade A in EPQ / IPQ. Subject-specific requirements are still valid.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35-34

(with 18-17 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology or Chemistry and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2-H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3


Including H2 in Biology or Chemistry, and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

Plus A/B in A-level Biology or Chemistry. The preferred BTEC qualification subject is Applied Science (other subjects may be accepted). Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must normally have at least 2 A-levels and at least one of these should be Biology or Chemistry (plus another science or science-related subject depending on the BTEC subject).

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

DDM

Plus A/B in A-level Biology or Chemistry. The preferred BTEC qualification subject is Applied Science (other subjects may be accepted). Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must normally have at least 2 A-levels and at least one of these should be Biology or Chemistry (plus another science or science-related subject depending on the BTEC subject).

Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB. With AA-AB in 2 Advanced Highers including Biology and another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded. We accept the following: • Science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. • Science-related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics. Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

UCAS Tariff

136-144

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time with year in industry | 2021

4.0 years | Full-time with time abroad | 2021

Subject

Pharmacology

Studying pharmacology at the University of Leeds offers you a broad understanding of the biomedical science disciplines, while also gaining specialised knowledge on how drugs work in the body, how they are discovered and developed for human use, and how they can sometimes have unwanted effects.

Pharmacology is the science of medicines and other drugs and is therefore essential to all medical disciplines and the treatment of disease. This course will teach you how drugs work in the body, and how they are used to treat disease.

Our integrated Masters (MBiol) offers you an additional year of specialist training, in which you will study advanced research topics and undertake your own extended research project.

You will be able to make an impact with this degree as pharmacology is integral to medical practice and is also an essential component of drug discovery and development within the Pharmaceutical industry. From the initial high-throughput screening of potentially interesting compounds, right through to the in-depth clinical trials of pre-clinical drug candidates.

Current global challenges that are relevant to pharmacology include: the complex process of discovering new drugs, dealing with increasing antibiotic resistance, drug-drug interactions in an ageing population, and the complexities of managing chronic pain while avoiding dependence.

**Course highlights:**
- A wide range of research-led optional modules offers the chance to study topics as diverse as psychopharmacology, antibacterial therapy, cancer therapy, and molecular pharmacology.

- Hands-on practical modules in well-equipped teaching and research laboratories include experimental skills, where you will identify the effects of drugs acting on the cardiac and respiratory systems (heart rate, ventilation and blood pressure) on the changes that occur during to exercise.

- Achieved 95% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2019 NSS).

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leeds

Department:

Faculty of Biological Sciences

TEF rating:
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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.

86%
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Pharmacology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below 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.

Pharmacology

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
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

90%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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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.

Pharmacology

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.

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Average annual salary
100%
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Employed or in further education
90%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Business, research and administrative professionals
12%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Pharmacology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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