Undergraduate prospectus

Pharmacology and Physiology, BSc Hons

Our pharmacology and physiology degree focuses on lab research and the essential skills you’ll need to become highly employable in this area.

Taught by experts in the field, you'll gain an understanding of the way pharmacology works, as well as the part it plays in drug discovery and development. You'll also learn how to apply pharmacological principles to the effects of drugs on the body.

You'll study through lectures, question-and-answer sessions, and laboratory practicals. As hands-on experience can benefit learning, we encourage students to undertake a placement year in an industrial research laboratory.

Pharmacology, through its association with the pharmaceutical industry, can prepare graduates for jobs within pharmaceutical and drug discovery companies. Your broad scientific knowledge and range of transferable skills mean that other careers will be open to you, including drug regulation, pharmaceutical marketing, scientific writing and journalism.

UCAS points

120 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes




  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich

UK/international fees

2018/2019 fees

2019/2020 fees

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What you should know about this course

  • This full-time 3-year course is taught by leading experts in pharmacology and physiology to provide you with knowledge and experience of laboratory science.
  • The course focuses on anatomy and physiology and gives you an understanding of how pharmacology underpins drug discovery and bringing new medicines to market.
  • You’ll learn a variety of laboratory techniques, such as how to collect, analyse, critically evaluate, present and discuss scientific data.
  • You have the option to take an industrial placement during a 'sandwich year'. This provides you with hands-on practical experience in an industrial research laboratory.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

Dr Stephen Kelly leads the teaching team for this degree.

You will benefit from a dedicated and experienced team of staff comprising distinguished research active academic scientists working together with administrative and technical personnel.

Medway School of Pharmacy

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Entry requirements

If you are

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 courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses, such as the International Baccalaureate.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?


Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn


In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

There will be up to 150 students in lectures. Workshops, seminars, and laboratories have a smaller cohort with a maximum of 40 students in each session.

Independent learning

Independent learning varies depending on different modules. For a 30 credit module, independent learning ranges from 100-200 hours and a 15 credit module ranges from 60-100 hours.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.


On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

Academic year:

  • 24 September 2018 to 28 June 2019.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2018/2019 fees

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2019/2020 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Yearly fee increases

For students continuing on their courses, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated. Where fees are regulated (such as by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills or Research Council UK) they will be increased by an amount up to the permitted increase.

Other costs

New students will be subject to a number of small mandatory costs at the start of their course of around £50 in total.

  • We ask that all students purchase lab coats, safety glasses and a notebook at a cost price of £18.
  • Our students use an 'audience-response' device to enable them to participate at lectures and workshops for which we charge a £35 refundable deposit.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

The BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology and Physiology will also have sandwich year option which will involve placement in an industrial or academic research laboratory. The placement will normally begin following the second year. During your placement, you will have the opportunity to put into practice skills you have acquired during your first two years of the programme, as well as acquire new skills that would enhance your future employability. Industrial or academic placements can be competitive to obtain, and it is the student's responsibility to apply and secure a placement if this option is chosen. However, the experience that you gain from a placement will make you a very competitive candidate for jobs after graduation.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

What can you do with a pharmacology degree?

There are a variety of career paths and opportunities available to pharmacology graduates. The scientific skills learnt within a pharmacology degree make graduates attractive to a wide range of employers. Pharmacology, with its long association with the pharmaceutical industry, can help to prepare graduates for jobs within pharmaceutical and drug discovery companies. Pharmacology graduates have played a significant role in the pharmaceutical industry and have been integral to drug discovery and development. 

The sandwich year in industry, following the second year of the BSc, will also serve to further hone the skills gained in the first two years and help students to develop new skills that will be attractive to potential employers. Outside of the academic or industrial lab, the skills that pharmacology graduates have are welcome in fields such as drug regulation, teaching, pharmaceutical marketing, scientific writing and journalism.

Many students upon completing the BSc could continue into further education by studying for an MSc, MRes or a PhD. The pharmacology degree can also be can be used to apply for graduate entry to study medicine or dentistry. However, the pharmacology degree is not a qualification to be a pharmacist, which would require a pharmacy degree (MPharm).

Do you provide employability services?

Undergraduate students have access University of Greenwich employability services and Postgraduate students have access to employability services at University of Kent.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

You can also participate in the Erasmus+ student exchange course to spend a year abroad. Benefit from international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

Accommodation information

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