Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Pharmacology and physiology are closely related disciplines. Pharmacology is the study of drug action and how medicines may modify disease states. Physiology is concerned with how the body and its systems are controlled, and in the changes that lead to disease states.

The course will provide you with a sound understanding of the biological action of drugs and other biomolecules at the whole-body, tissue, cellular and sub-cellular levels, and their use in medicines for the treatment of disease. It provides an ideal grounding for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or other areas of biomedical research, academia, the Scientific Civil Service and hospitals.

Opportunities exist for you to enhance your practical and related transferable skills within our research laboratories. Teaching is informed by high-quality research, in relevant cognate areas, within the Faculty.

In addition, new students will benefit from our use of the METI Patient Care Simulator platform, as an exciting novel teaching tool.

The Pharmacology and Physiology BSc Honours will enable you to acquire a broad understanding of the normal and abnormal physiological function, including the biology of representative disease states.

You will become proficient in explaining and applying information about the mode of therapeutic action, undesirable and toxic effects, absorption, distribution and elimination of exemplar drugs. You will also develop the problem-solving skills and research strategies necessary to evaluate, critically appraise and systematically review pharmacology and physiology.

The learning and teaching strategies include a mixture of formal contact – such as large and small group lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory practical sessions and demonstrations – as well as independent work and online support activities. 

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Application of Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Human Physiology
  • Science: History, Philosophy and Practice

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Medical Physiology
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Physiological Networks
  • Research Methods
  • Systems Pharmacology

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Clinical Neuropharmacology
  • Drug Discovery with Immunopharmacology
  • Global Ethics
  • Research Project
  • Topics in Neuroscience
  • Work Experience and Career Management Skills

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

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Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A levels – BBC to include two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths
  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma – DMM/D*D* in Applied Science
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction with at least a Merit in all Biology or Chemistry modules, plus at least grade C in Maths and English at GCSEs.

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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Careers

Graduate Pharmacologists and Physiologists have an excellent understanding of key bioscience and applied biomedical subjects, and are able to seek careers in:

  • NHS and other healthcare bodies
  • Pharmaceutical research and development
  • Scientific journalism and copywriting
  • Teaching (after gaining an appropriate postgraduate qualification)
  • Drug policy, regulation and pharmacovigilance
  • Postgraduate education, research and graduate entry medicine (including MSc, MPhil/PhD, MBBS)

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  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

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Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

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Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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