Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

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Thinking of studying pharmacy or pharmacology?

We offer highly rated courses in both Pharmacy and Pharmacology. Our students benefit from our close links with industry, the NHS and community practice, plus both lecture and practical content that is enhanced by the research interests of our academic staff.

For more information on our undergraduate courses, including entry requirements, please see Pharmacy and Pharmacology on our Course Search.

Why Pharmacy and Pharmacology at Bath?

Our undergraduates study is rated as "excellent" for Teaching Quality (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Subject Review). The formal QAA Subject Review report says some important things about what we offer our students:

"The aims and objectives set for the courses are appropriate, and their achievement is supported by carefully designed curricula delivered by well-qualified, professional staff. The extensive research experience of the academic staff is shared with the student population ensuring the currency of the courses and has a positive impact particularly on the later years of the provision. This has been noted by a number of the external examiners and several recent final-year projects have led to publications in the scientific literature."

We offer our students the opportunity to receive a first class education. Here are some reasons why we are 'special':

  • A university ranked in the top flight for Teaching Quality and Research
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology courses that are well established and highly rated by employers
  • A long history of close links with the pharmaceutical industry that provide our students with practical experience of the real world


What is Pharmacy?

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain describe the pharmacist as "an expert in the field of drugs and medicines, who may, according to his or her personal preference, be involved in any aspect of their preparation and use, from the discovery and development of a medicine to its eventual supply to the patient".

Many graduates go on to establish careers as practising pharmacists in the community or hospital sectors however the role of the pharmacist in healthcare is changing significantly. In addition to dispensing medicines in response to the doctor's prescription, pharmacists are being increasingly called upon to offer advice to doctors on prescribing issues and to the public on treatment for a wide range of less serious complaints. In hospitals, pharmacists play a major role in the healthcare team, providing advice and expertise on treatment regimes and problems across clinical practice. Pharmacists employed in industry bring their specific knowledge of pharmaceutics - how drug molecules are 'formulated' into a medicine - to developing new ways of delivering drugs effectively and safely. This expertise is also important in, for example, the cosmetics industry.

What is Pharmacology?

Excellence scholarships

A full list of Pharmacology scholarships can be found on the University's funding pages.

Pharmacology is the science which seeks to explain how drugs work. This can be at the molecular, cellular, tissue or whole body level, so the pharmacologist will need to understand aspects of several core sciences - chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and physiology. Putting these together makes Pharmacology a strong candidate for the ideal 'biomedical' or 'life' science. Whether pursuing a career in industrial or academic research, the pharmacologist is a key scientist involved at the forefront of the development of new treatments for both human and animal diseases.

Our teaching

We aim to provide an exciting learning experience teaching in a variety of ways - lectures, practical laboratory classes, workshops for group discussions and problem-solving exercises, tutorials and directed study. We are the co-ordinating centre for the Pharmacy Consortium for Computer-aided Learning (PCCAL), and we make considerable use of computer-based packages as directed study to support taught material. All these classes contribute to developing your own knowledge and skills base, whether in the core sciences (for example chemistry, cellular and molecular biology), subject-specific areas such as Pharmaceutics or Pharmacology, practical laboratory experience or in 'key' or 'transferable' skills, such as data handling and analysis and scientific presentations.