You will be introduced to molecular biology, physiology, microbiology, endocrinology and neuroscience that are necessary to understand how the body functions, as well as the principles of pharmacology essential for understanding how to treat disease.
Your laboratory classes will complement the lecture-based learning and teaching where you will build a range of practical skills relevant to pharmacology, from the molecular level to the whole organism.
At the end of year 1, our flexible degree structure offers you the opportunity to transfer onto other suitable degree courses.
You will focus on the drug treatment of various diseases affecting a broad range of bodily systems. This will include the actions of drugs used to treat cardiovascular and brain disorders.
You’ll develop your pharmacological experimental skills in more advanced laboratory classes and have the opportunity to study areas such as chemotherapy, toxicology and drug discovery.
At the end of year 2, you will have the opportunity to complete an industrial work placement, study abroad, or combined study and work abroad. This will add an additional year of study to your degree.
The focal point for year 3 is an independent research project that you’ll carry out under the supervision of a field-leading academic, further developing the transferable skills that will set you apart in the graduate job market. Here you will be able to select from a wide range of project types to focus on a subject of your interest and the graduate skills that you aim to develop.
Examples of previous projects include:
Pharmacology of ‘legal highs’.
Structural characterisation of the equilibrative nucleoside transporter, a cancer drug target.
G-protein-coupled receptors, pharmacology, drug discovery.
Designing patient information leaflets to promote use of statins.
Alongside this, you can follow your interests to a deeper level through module options and advanced topics in pharmacology.
Integrated Masters (MBiol)
Our integrated Masters MBiol programme shares the same year 1 and 2 studying with our BSc programme, providing a foundation knowledge and skills.
Year 4 (MBiol)
Your extended research project will focus on an original, cutting-edge topic specific to your area of interest that will equip you with the skills necessary for a career in research as well as setting you apart in the general graduate job market.
Examples of previous research projects include:
Anti-cancer drugs cause dysfunction in adult cardiac cells.
The potential of biosensors as point-of-care diagnostic systems.
Expression of sorting receptors and their cargo protein.
The role of ion channels in Alzheimer’s disease-related cell dysfunction.
Producing receptor proteins for visualising through electron microscopy.
Investigating the mechanisms underlying neuroprotection against Alzheimer’s disease.
Details of typical modules/components for our courses will now be published after July 1st (instead of May 1st), due to current limitations as a result of covid-19. These details may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. We’ve been awarded a Gold rating in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.
You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and practicals. Your first and second years will focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge in preparation for your final year research project, which will see you take on independent research and learning with the guidance of leading experts.
Across all years, additional workshop and seminar sessions will complement your lectures and lab practicals, and you will also undertake private study.
As a guide, a typical week in your first year includes nine to twelve hours of lectures, three to six hours of practical sessions in the laboratory, tutorials, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.
Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.