Pharmacology and Physiology (with Integrated Foundation Year), BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Full-time 4-year programme designed to equip students, without appropriate entry qualifications, with a way to enter the BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology and Physiology undergraduate degree programme at Medway School of Pharmacy
  • The foundation year serves as a platform to improve or refresh basic knowledge in chemistry, biology, mathematics for life sciences, biochemistry and basic laboratory practice. The main goal is to provide students with the fundamental principles of pharmacology and develop an understanding of the action of drugs on physiological processes in the various body systems and how these drugs are used in the treatment of diseases and disorders
  • Applications for this course will be welcomed from students, who have previously not studied science but wish to take a new career direction and students who have been disadvantaged during their secondary education or have non-traditional qualifications.

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4 years full time



Our programme is taught as a full-time, four-year programme incorporating a foundation year. The foundation year serves to equip students, without appropriate entry qualifications, with a way to enter the BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology and Physiology undergraduate degree programme at Medway School of Pharmacy. The programme intends to immerse students in laboratory-based science and is taught by leading experts in pharmacology and physiology. Throughout the programme there will be a strong emphasis on both laboratory research, and future employability.


The Medway School of Pharmacy hosts state-of-the-art research facilities which comprise three electrophysiological suites, microscopy and vascular imaging facilities, a dedicated virology laboratory, biochemical and immunological laboratories, as well as core quantitative PCR and cell culture facilities.


The aims of the programme are:

  • To equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of several relevant scientific disciplines, with an emphasis on pharmacology
  • To give an understanding of drug actions in the various physiological systems and a comprehensive understanding of how the scientific discipline of pharmacology is integral to the drug discovery and development process
  • To equip students with a detailed understanding of the variety of technical approaches and research strategies, which underpin pharmacology and drug discovery.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

You should have:

96 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 in the foundation year will take modules worth total of 120 credits. These credits will be obtained by passing the module assessments. Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination to produce an overall percentage grade and specific module marks. It is these marks, combined with the 120 credits that are taken into consideration when determining progression onto an Honours course. All applicants will have access to full University learning and support facilities, for example, the library, student union and student support.


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.

Fees and finance

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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