The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Pharmacology

Why choose this course?

The overarching course related aim:

To provide a deep-rooted understanding of the fundamentals principles of chemistry and biology as applicable to pharmacology. The course aims to produce high quality pharmacology graduates with the generic, subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills suited to a career in the pharmaceutical industry or other related laboratory based scientific discipline.

The Course aims to:

To provide an understanding of normal and abnormal bodily function, the biology of disease (aetiology and epidemiology) and the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of medicines and their actions (interactions, abreactions and misuse) and therapeutic uses.

To support students in the development of intellectual and key interpersonal skills as well as subject knowledge that will equip them for life-long learning. To provide skill sets specific to the pharmacologist, and promote curiosity and enthusiasm for the subject.

To encourage the development of practical and problem solving skills, research methods and the techniques and processes necessary for the evaluation, critical appraisal and systematic review of pharmacology.

What happens on the course?

  • Year 1 offers a thorough introduction to the molecular basis of life as well as the biology, microbiology and human anatomy that are necessary for a more complete understanding of drug action. There is also a strong emphasis on the development of useful skills and independent critical thinking which are necessary for your development as a scientist.
  • Year 2 takes a more detailed look at the process of drug discovery and development, both from an historical and a predictive standpoint. You will learn laboratory based skills that are essential to drug discovery and testing as well as the therapeutic uses of pharmacological agents. This will include a detailed look at proteins, cell function and genetics as well as the sites and modes of drug action.
  • Year 3 is where you will undertake your research project in an aspect of pharmacology. This is intended to take up a third of your time and in the remaining two thirds you will expand your understanding by studying advanced modules covering pharmaceutical biotechnology, molecular biology, gene manipulation, bioinformatics and biochemical pharmacology as well as spending time in research laboratories to gain skills in current techniques.

Why Wolverhampton?

This established course equips you with the knowledge of traditional and state-of-the-art drug design and development. We offer an integrated approach to teaching, mixing theoretical knowledge with laboratory-based practical sessions and research projects.

The University of Wolverhampton offers the chance to be part of a discrete programme of study where small cohort size provides a high level of individual attention.

Learning alongside pharmacy students, there is a strong emphasis on clinical aspects of pharmacology, consolidating learning through an evidence-based approach.

Career path

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors are currently growth areas in the UK and successful study in pharmacology will open up a range of careers in biochemical, medical, pharmaceutical, chemical and related areas. Specifically, graduates are likely to find employment in research and development in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors. Other career outlets are possible and include work in hospital laboratories, forensic science, drug analysis, pharmaceutical marketing and sales and medical writing.

Graduates will demonstrate the generic, subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills that form a sound basis for further postgraduate study and/or research and their continuing development.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

1. Apply a range of graduate skills to investigation in pharmacological science

2. Show competency in scientific method: its values, application and extension as applied to the various disciplines which comprise Pharmacology

3. Demonstrate the ability to use a range of laboratory-based techniques

4. Relate the pharmacological actions of drugs to their efficacy in achieving therapeutic effects

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

  • A Level minimum of BB or CDD to include Chemistry or Biology at grade C.
  • Achieve Access to HE with 60 credits, 45 level 3 credits, of which 18 will be passed with minimum Merit and include Maths, Chemistry and Biology.

  • BTEC QCF Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science with minimum MMP.

  • Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 or equivalent
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BSc (Hons) Science and Engineering with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering guarantees entry on to this course

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475
Part time # £2,835

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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