Undergraduate prospectus

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

Providing lab experience and a range of employer-friendly skills, our pharmacology and physiology degree with foundation year prepares you for careers in science and medicine.

This pharmacology and physiology degree starts with a foundation year to prepare you for studying at degree level. You'll then embark on the same modules offered on the three-year course.

The degree focuses on lab research and the essential skills you need for employment in this sector. Taught by experts in the field, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the way pharmacology works, as well as the integral part it plays in drug discovery and development. You'll also learn how to apply fundamental pharmacological principles to the effects of drugs on the body.

We encourage our students to gain hands-on experience by undertaking a placement year in an industrial research laboratory.

UCAS points

72 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes




4 years full-time

UK/international fees

What you should know about this course

  • 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.

What you will study

About the course team

Dr Stephen Kelly leads the teaching team for this programme.

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

Applicants from a UK educational background:

You should have:

72 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.

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:

Further information about entry

We welcome applications from mature students. All applicants will be considered on a case-by case basis and all candidates will be interviewed before being offered a place on the course. Overseas applicants with qualifications obtained in their home country will be judged on merit on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Tutor in consultation with the admissions tutor and/or admissions manager.

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

We restrict our class sizes to enhance your learning experience, with a maximum of 40 students in practical sessions and lectures.

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.


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.

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

Fees information International fees

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.

Accommodation pages

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 Foundation Year equips students with the appropriate knowledge and experience to allow them to enter the BSc in Pharmacology and Physiology undergraduate degree programme (without appropriate entry qualifications) directly into year one at Medway School of Pharmacy.

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?

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.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. We have an Employer Partnerships Manager developing relationships with companies to provide placement and employment opportunities. Other members of the team focus on helping students to develop their knowledge of job markets, production of effective CVs, cover letters and application forms, understanding HR selection processes, preparing final year students for graduate job applications and applying for placements.

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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