Pharmacology BSc (Hons)

3 years, starting in September 2018

Learn to develop more effective treatments for diseases and discover how chemicals may modify living systems. You’ll be trained to become a research scientist.

If you love lab work and the idea of discovering how chemicals may modify living systems this is the degree for you.

You’ll gain knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry, biology and the physical sciences and be able to apply these principles to specific problems in pharmacology. Through our hands-on classes, you’ll develop practical laboratory skills.

This course will provide you with an integrated view of drug action linked to normal and disease-related functions of the major organ systems.

You’ll be trained to be a high quality, innovative and independent research scientist. As a pharmacologist, you can go on to work on the development of new treatments for both human and animal diseases.

Teaching

You’ll learn from active researchers who specialise in different areas of pharmacological sciences, including drug and target discovery, pharmacological evaluation and medicines design. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience. 94% of pharmacy and pharmacology students agreed their learning benefited from modules that were informed by current research (National Student Survey 2017).

Facilities

You will develop key practical skills in our dedicated pharmacology laboratory, where you will gain experience in a wide range of traditional and molecular laboratory techniques. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete the Home Office Licence Module Training Course during your degree.

You’ll be supported throughout your studies with small group tutorials, interactive workshops and one-to-one meetings with a Personal Tutor.

Careers

Graduates are well suited to research careers with the pharmaceutical industry and many also choose to go on to postgraduate study in preparation for research careers. You’ll benefit from our strong links with the pharmaceutical industry, with recent employers including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, and UCB.

Course structure

This course lasts 3 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2021. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Units

As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Written examination

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 81% 3% 16%
Year 2 67% 0% 33%
Year 3 60% 0% 40%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 30% 70% 0%
Year 2 28% 72% 0%
Year 3 27% 73% 0%
Jasmine Sim
“I like the course because there is a focus on lab work and I get placement opportunities at top companies. I've gained a deeper understanding of the drug discovery pipeline and how medicines work.”
Jasmine Sim

MPharmacol Pharmacology (2019)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying pharmacology and drug development. This might include relevant reading, voluntary or work experience, areas of interest from your current studies or other relevant extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.

You will need a strong performance in Chemistry and a second core science or mathematics subject as part of your entry qualifications.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

AAB

AAB in three A levels including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Alternative offer A level

ABB

ABB in three A levels including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject plus one of:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer International Baccalaureate Diploma

36 points

36 points overall and 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

Typical offer BTEC

D*DD

D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) plus grade A in A level Chemistry.

We are able to consider the above qualifications in Applied Science (excluding Physical Science).

If you are studying towards a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) then you must be studying the following units: Physiology of Human Body Systems, Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways and Applications of Organic Chemistry. We prefer you to have also studied the following units: Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Diseases and Infections, Biomedical Science, and Practical Chemical Analysis.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Typical offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, M1

D3, D3, M1 including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

Alternative offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, M1, M1

D3, M1, M1 including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject plus one of:

  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer Scottish Highers

AB in Advanced Highers

AB in two Advanced Highers including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject plus AAABB in five Scottish Highers.

Typical offer Access to HE Diploma

33 credits at Distinction

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Science and Engineering) with 33 credits achieved at Distinction in science or mathematics units and 6 credits at Merit or above. This must include 15 credits from chemistry units achieved at Distinction.

We are able to consider Access to HE Diplomas in Science and Science and Engineering. Our Pharmacology course is academically challenging and requires solid foundations of knowledge in Chemistry. You will need to have studied Chemistry units worth at least 15 credits and, within this, you should have completed at least 3 credits of Organic Chemistry.

Recent successful applicants have studied between 15 and 21 credits of Chemistry as part of their Access course and a high proportion of Organic Chemistry. Due to the time-limited nature of an Access course, you will be expected to have also completed a significant level of independent study in order to further develop and refine these skills.

Typical offer Open University credits

Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 (70%) in a relevant Level 2 Chemistry unit.

You are typically expected to study at least 120 credits including at least 30 credits at Level 2. You should ideally be taking units including S104: Exploring Science and S215 Chemistry: Essential Concepts. This information is a guide and we consider students applying with Open University Credits on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

Taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Typical offer Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC:

  • AB in A level Chemistry and a second science or mathematics subject plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF). We cannot consider BTEC qualifications in Applied Science alongside Chemistry and a second science or mathematics subject
  • AB in two A level subjects plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Chemistry and a second core science or mathematics subject
  • AB in two A level subjects plus 6 in an IB HL Certificate including Chemistry and a second core science or mathematics subject. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • AAB in A level Chemistry and a second science or mathematics subject plus the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

Cyprus qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus AB in two A levels including Chemistry and a second mathematics or science subject.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

Greece qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus AB in two A levels including Chemistry and a second mathematics or science subject.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

Turkey qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 75% with 80% in Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject from the final year.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAB in 3 H2 level subjects including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

3.3 overall in Biomedical Science, Cardiac, Medical or Biotechnology with a minimum B+ in Introduction to Pharmacology module.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 4 in 3 APs including Chemistry and one other mathematics or science subject.

We accept no more than one Calculus AP as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 29 or SATR scores of 700 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 80% across 4 subjects with 80% in Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

79.0% overall with 8.0 in Chemistry (4 periods) and one of Biology (4 periods), Mathematics (5 periods) or Physics (4 periods) with 8.5 in Chemistry or the second subject.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

14.5 overall with 15 in Physics/Chemistry and 15 in either Mathematics or Biology (Life and Earth Sciences).

Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB)

13.5 overall with 15 in Physics/Chemistry and 15 in either Mathematics or Biology (Life and Earth Sciences).

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

554 in Chemistry, a second core science subject and third elective subject OR 55 in Chemistry and a second elective subject plus 5 in any Mathematics extended paper.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1, H2 in Chemistry and one other mathematics or science subject.

Germany qualifications

Abitur

1.6 overall with 13, 12 in Chemistry and one other mathematics or science subject.

The required grades in Chemistry and another mathematics or science subject must be achieved in your final examinations if you take them. If you do not take one of these subjects in your final examinations, you will need an average grade across 4 semesters in it.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 8.5 overall with 9, 8 in Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Pharmacology
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    B210
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

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