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Pharmacology Degrees - Our Programmes - BSc Pharmacology
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|Information about the BSc in Pharmacology|
Pharmacology is the science of chemical substances and how they interact with our bodies. It includes the study of medicines, poisons and drugs of abuse. Progress in developing therapeutic drugs and identifying new drug targets is giving rise to fascinating challenges for qualified pharmacologists.
The degree programme is based on the course-unit system. Students normally take a total of four units each year, made up of half or whole units. (Courses of equal unit value are designed to represent equivalent workloads.) As the first year forms the foundation of the degree most courses are compulsory, but, in both the second and third years, students are given some choice. Most courses combine practical and tutorial sessions with a lecture programme. Practical and tutorial work is based on small-group teaching providing opportunities for informal discussion of particular topics.
Throughout the three years, pharmacology students have close contact with students from other departments. Indeed some of the first-year courses are taken by students from a number of other departments in the Faculty of Life Sciences. In the second and third years pharmacology students often attend the same courses as physiology and medicinal chemistry students.
Courses in each of the three years of the degree programme run concurrently under the Common Timetable organization. Lectures and tutorials are usually held in the morning with practical work in the afternoons, although this can vary from module to module. A 0.5 CU module usually runs over as single term, while 1.0 CU modules often run across two terms.
The progress of all students is carefully monitored by the Pharmacology Programme Tutor (Dr Talvinder Sihra - firstname.lastname@example.org), who also advises on academic matters such as selection of courses. In addition all students are allocated a Personal Tutor who advises on problems of any kind.
Year 1: Dr Guy Moss
Room 237 Medical Science Building
Telephone 020 7679 3752; Email: email@example.com
Year 2: Dr Talvinder Sihra
Room 250/334 Medawar Building
Telephone 020 7679 3296; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 3: Dr Martin Stocker
Room 408, LMP Building
Telephone: 020 7679 7244; Email: email@example.com
Overall: Pharmacology Programme Tutor:
Dr Talvinder Sihra
|First Year Programme|
Students take the following courses, worth 4.0 course-units in total, which are all compulsory:
These courses provide essential background knowledge for the subsequent years of study.
|Second Year Programme|
Students again study courses to the total of 4.0 course-units. The core courses are compulsory with a choice of one optional course.
In addition, other optional courses are available in Biology, Anthropology, Anatomy and Developmental Biology, Physiology, Chemistry, Science and Technology Studies, and Psychology.
*Selection of this alternative will require consultation with the Programme Tutor to discuss potential options.
|Third Year Programme|
Students take courses to a total of 4.0 course-units, of which only the one taught module is "core" and therefore compulsory. Students must also do either a Laboratory or Library project. of their choice.
CORE (COMPULSORY) MODULE*
OTHER OPTIONAL MODULES** offered under other programme boards:
|Project (1.5 CU - Laboratory or 1.0 CU - Library/Reading)|
It is usual to carry out a special project in the third year where students investigate problems of their own choice. This takes the place of a formal taught course.
A 1.5-unit project gives students the opportunity to join a research team for nine weeks, and carry out their own experimental project in a research area of pharmacology that interests them. An initial period of library work is followed by a programme of experimental research, in which the student is responsible for the planning, execution and analysis of experiments. This gives students a chance to experience laboratory research first hand. Many students find this extremely helpful in deciding on their future career, especially in respect of whether to opt for a PhD or research career in the pharmaceutical industry.
A 1.0-unit project lasts for six weeks and comprises a library-based dissertation. The topics are usually agreed after discussions with potential supervisors, who will be aware of questions in their field of expertise which are both interesting and can be reasonably tackled within the time available.
In both cases, a written report is prepared and is assessed as part of the final examination. For either type of project, the student discusses his or her work with an appointed supervisor, who offers general guidance on planning and the final written report.
|A Fourth Year?|
|Students are encouraged to consider taking a 'year out' between their second and third year of study at UCL. Usually, this is spent in the pharmaceutical industry but other, pharmacology-related, activities are acceptable. These are organised on an ad hoc basis but the numerous contacts between the departmental staff and colleagues in industry are often helpful. In most cases, students compete for placements with undergraduates from other universities, and so a sound performance in the first-year examinations is usually essential.|
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