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University of Reading

Pharmacology with a Year in Industry

UCAS Code: B211

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

A level Biology and Chemistry at grade B.

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

including relevant science modules.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Mathematics at grade B (or 6) and GCSE English at grade C (4). International Baccalaureate Standard Level 4 also acceptable.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Higher Level Biology and Chemistry at grade 5.

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

DDM

including relevant science modules.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Higher Biology and Chemistry at grade B.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the grade achieved, when studied alongside Biology and Chemistry.

UCAS Tariff

120-141

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Pharmacology

Develop the knowledge and skills to work as a pharmacologist within the pharmaceutical or life sciences industries with our new BSc Pharmacology with a Year in Industry.

This course has been designed to align with the British Pharmacological Society core curricula and was developed with the needs of the pharmaceutical industry in mind.

You will:

- Study the principles of drug action and molecular targets.

- Learn the key mathematical principles and skills required in the industry. This includes statistical analysis as well as handling and analysing big data sets.

- Develop your understanding of systems pharmacology as well as mathematical and computer modelling.

- You'll work with academics across our Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy, Biological Sciences, and Mathematical, Physical and Computation Sciences schools.

Reading is ranked 13th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (Guardian University Guide, 2020), and we have experts in pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmacy practice, as well as biomedical science and mathematics, who are all working on different aspects of drug research.

Your year in industry
Gain key graduate employability skills and experience during your third year, when you’ll participate in a placement with one of our industry partners.

During your studies, you’ll use our purpose-built suite of teaching laboratories and have access to our research facility. These include:

- Laboratories to study organ bath pharmacology

- tissue culture suites

- multi-mode microplate readers (absorbance, fluorescence, luminescence)

- multicolour flow cytometry

- real-time PCR.

You'll also study in our £60m Health and Life Sciences Building, due to open in 2020. It will offer state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, and plenty of study and social space.

Modules

* Principles of Drug Action
* Anatomy and Physiology
* Key Skills for Pharmacology
* Maths and Statistics for Pharmacology

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,830
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Pharmacology

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
29%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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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.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Health professionals
1%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

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.

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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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