Pharmacology and Physiology, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Full-time 3-year programme designed to equip students with knowledge and experience of laboratory science. The programme is taught by leading experts in pharmacology and physiology.
  • The curriculum focuses on anatomy, physiology and the basic principles of pharmacology. In years 2 and 3, the focus is on specialised areas in pharmacology and on an understanding of how pharmacology underpins the drug discovery process, bringing new medicines to market.
  • Students will learn variety of different laboratory techniques used in pharmacology and how to accurately collect, analyse, critically evaluate, present and discuss scientific data.
  • The optional 4-year programme incorporates an industrial placement, called 'sandwich year'. The sandwich year will provide students with hands-on practical experience in an industrial research laboratory.

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3 years full time

4 years sandwich programme



Our programme is taught as a full-time three-year programme or a four year programme incorporating an industrial placement 'sandwich year'. 

This programme intends to immerse students in laboratory-based science and is taught by leading experts in pharmacology and physiology. Year 1 will focus on anatomy, physiology and the basic principles of pharmacology. Years 2 and 3 will give a much greater focus on specialised areas in pharmacology. The sandwich year option will provide students with hands-on practical experience in an industrial research laboratory. 

The programme also provides a number of elective options, allowing students to tailor their skills and training to their specific career goals. Throughout the programme, there will be a strong emphasis on both laboratory research, and future employability.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of the scientific discipline of pharmacology and how these can be applied to the understanding of drug actions in the various physiological systems of the body
  • Equip students with a comprehensive understanding of how the scientific discipline of pharmacology is integral to the drug discovery and development process
  • Give a detailed understanding of the variety of technical approaches and research strategies which underpin pharmacology and drug discovery.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

You should have:

120 UCAS points from A-levels, preferably including biology and chemistry. 

  • You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English and mathematics. 
  • We accept alternative qualifications. 

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Applicants must have successfully completed 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). You will be required to attend an interview. 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information


Students will be assessed through:

  • Formal summative assessment assessed against the learning outcomes via written examination
  • Coursework assignments
  • Written assignments
  • Problem solving
  • Presentations
  • Laboratory participation and performance
  • A final year research project report.


Careers are available in pharmaceutical and drug discovery companies and in fields such as drug regulation, teaching, pharmaceutical marketing, scientific writing and journalism. Many students continue to further study in pharmacy, medicine or dentistry. If you wish to become a pharmacist, please see our MPharm Pharmacy degree.

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Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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