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Pharmacology

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

ABB-BBC from A levels to include Biology or Chemistry, plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applied Science not accepted. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science), with a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Biology and a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Chemistry passed at Merit or above.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,P1-D3,M2,M2

3 Principal Subjects at M2 M2 P1 - D3 M2 M2. To include Principal Subjects in Biology or Chemistry, plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and either Biology or Chemistry (whichever is not taken to A level standard) or Double Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and either Biology or Chemistry (whichever is not taken to A level standard) or Double Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-31

IB Diploma with 665 - 666 at Higher Level, to include Biology plus Chemistry or Mathematics. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


To include Higher Level Biology or Chemistry at H3 plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applicants not studying Chemistry at Higher Level, will require Chemistry at Ordinary Level.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Must be in Applied Science, Lab & Industrial Science or Medical Science.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DMM

Must be in Applied Science.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,D-B,B,C

CCD-BBC from Advanced Highers, to include Biology or Chemistry plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applied Science not accepted.

UCAS Tariff

112-136

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Pharmacology

**Overview**
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.

- 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

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

**Careers and opportunities**

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.

**What can you do with a pharmacology degree?**
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

- psychopharmacology

- neuropharmacology

- 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

You can also continue your studies at postgraduate level on a PhD, MRes or MSc programme.

**Graduate destinations**
Previous graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:
- Bayer

- Barts Health NHS Trust

- Hammersmith Medicines Research

- PharmaTargeting – a research house

- Reckitt – health, hygiene and nutrition products

- Molecular Dimensions – a supplier of specialist lab equipment

**Work experience and placement year**
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.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Cells to Systems
- Introduction to Formulation
- Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
- Key Skills
- Laboratory Skills and Analytical Techniques
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Biomedical Toolbox for Pharmacologists
- Immunology, Inflammatory Diseases & Infective Organisms
- Neuroscience, Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology
- Pharmacokinetics & Data Analysis
- Respiratory, Renal & Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Business for Biosciences
- Enzymes and Metabolism.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Antimicrobial and Antineoplastic Agents
- Cellular & Molecular Drug Targets
- Drug Development & Clinical Pharmacology
- Neuropharmacology

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Erasmus+ Laboratory Based Work Experience
- Laboratory Based Work Experience
- Project

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.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through 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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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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?

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

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

84%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
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?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
94%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

90%
Health professionals
3%
Science, engineering and production technicians
1%
Teaching and educational 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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Pharmacology, toxicology and pharmacy

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

£25k

£25k

£34k

£34k

£34k

£34k

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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