The subject of pharmacology is immensely broad and covers areas of physiology, chemistry, neuroscience, biochemistry, and genetics. This flexible three-year programme offers a thorough scientific training in the subject, and students have the option of transferring to the MSci at the end of year two.
- Degree Programme
- Pharmacology BSc
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics
A,A,A - A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher to A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics, at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A-AA. Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Pharmacology at UCL offers you an outstanding academic environment. We are internationally renowned in the discipline and are recognised for numerous major discoveries.
- It is our aim to combine excellence in research with high-quality pharmacology teaching. We have particular expertise in areas such as neuropharmacology and immunopharmacology.
- In your final year, you will have the opportunity to join a world-leading research team to carry out your own experimental research project.
- We offer state-of-the-art modern facilities, and are located adjacent to the Medical Research Council's Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, allowing for collaborative final-year projects.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The subject of pharmacology is immensely broad and covers areas of physiology, chemistry, neuroscience, biochemistry and genetics. As a result, some of your courses will be taken with other Life Sciences students and will draw on expertise across the faculty.
In the first year, all courses are compulsory, giving you a solid foundation on which to draw in years two and three. Year two is mainly compulsory, with wide-ranging practical classes and lectures. In your final year you have only one compulsory course, leaving you free to pursue your interests by choosing from a wide range of specialist options.
Many students undertake a nine-week pharmacology research project in their final year, including experimental laboratory research. You may find this particularly helpful in making choices about your future career, and whether you would like to pursue postgraduate study.
You may also consider a 'sandwich' year in your programme, taken between years two and three, spending your time in the pharmaceutical industry or another pharmacology-related area. These are offered on a competitive basis but contacts between our staff and colleagues in industry open up many opportunities.
An Introduction to Mechanisms of Drug Action
Cells and Development
Cellular And Molecular Biology
Chemistry For Biology Students
All first year courses are compulsory.
General and Systematic Pharmacology
Immunity to Infection
Structure and Function of the Nervous Systems
Options may include:
Animal And Human Physiology - Maintenance And Regulatory Mechanisms
Management Information and Control
Science in the Mass Media
Laboratory Research Project (1.5 credits)
Library Research Project (1.0 credits)
You will select either 2.5 or 2.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses, depending on which research project you choose. Options may include:
Drug Design And Development
Synaptic Pharmacology: The Synapse, A Major Site Of Disease And Drug Action
Teaching is mainly conducted through lectures and laboratory classes together with regular small-group tutorials involving in-depth discussion of topics being studied. Courses run concurrently; lectures and tutorials are usually held in the morning with practical classes in the afternoons.
You will be expected to submit coursework (e.g. essays and practical write-ups) and make oral presentations as part of your assessment. You will also take written examinations at the end of each year.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Pharmacology BSc.
This programme not only provides detailed knowledge of the subject, but also trains you in planning, executing and analysing scientific projects and in quantitative and analytical skills, equipping you with a versatility that will be attractive to many employers.
As with any science degree, our graduates move into many types of employment including financial and managerial professions, scientific publishing, journalism, law and health administration, for example, the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Unlike many degrees, however, there is a related industry involving drug safety, drug research, drug sales and patent law.
If you are interested in laboratory research, you could progress to a postgraduate research degree (PhD) leading to opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, governing research institutes, hospital laboratories, forensic science or university-based research.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:
- Medical Sales, Pfizer (2012)
- Assistant Scientist, AkzoNobel (2011)
- Data Manager, Institute of Cancer Research (2011)
- Full-time student, MSc in Analytical Toxicology at King's College London (2011)
- Tax Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers (2010)
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
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Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £20,700 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.
- UK, EU
- Based on academic merit
- Based on academic merit
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.