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Pharmacology Degrees - Our Programmes - Intercalated BSc in Pharmacology
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Information about the Intercalated BSc in Pharmacology
In addition to the BSc Pharmacology students, the department accepts about 26 medical students, who have opted to study for an intercalated BSc degree, into the final year of the Pharmacology degree.
Tutor: Dr Andrew Ramage
Dr Talvinder Sihra - Pharmacology Programme Tutor
Room 250/334 Medawar Building
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:
*Students must take a minimum of 2.5 units in Pharmacology that include the compulsory course, PHAR3003: Molecular Pharmacology, and either a library or laboratory-based project. Together with Options in Pharmacology, the interdepartmental module ANAT3042: Pain, may also count towards the minimum requirement of 2.5 units in Pharmacology. Core and optional courses in Pharmacology reflect the research interests of the pharmacology teaching staff, and aim to bring students to the frontiers of current knowledge. The emphasis is on critical reading of the scientific literature, and on gaining an understanding of the process of scientific discovery, rather than on amassing factual information. Tutorial work is particularly important at this stage and students are taught to prepare topics for presentation to tutorial groups.
**Courses listed under "Other Optional Modules" are usually the recommended or popular options chosen by students - not an exhaustive list of all possibilities.
In all this work students need to consult current scientific journals. Consequently the excellent and extensive facilities of the UCL library are indispensable. Some advanced courses incorporate lectures by experts from other colleges and research institutes in London, as well as from the drugs industry.
|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.
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