UCL Biosciences

1st Year Students 2015

Will you be starting a new undergraduate course in UCL Biosciences this September?

For further information, including induction week timetables and joining instructions, please see our Undergraduate Induction Week webpages.

IBSc Pharmacology (UCL Medical Students Only)



The Department of Pharmacology at UCL, was the first pharmacology department to be established in England. Almost from its inception it has been at the forefront of research in pharmacology. We have consistently been ranked in the top category in the HEFCE Research Selectivity Exercise and it is our intention to continue to combine excellence in research with high quality teaching.

What You Will Study

Students must take a minimum of 2.5 units in Pharmacology that include the compulsory course and a choice of one project.

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.

Pharmacology Programme Handbook

(Please note this is the 2015-16 version which will be updated in the summer. In 2016-17, the minimum mark you must achieve in your 2nd year in order to undertake a laboratory project is 60%. This will be updated in 2016-17 handbook).

Core Module:

Plus one project from:

Further pharmacology project information

Other Optional Modules offered:

  • CELL3050 Advanced Molecular Cell Biology (0.5 cu)
  • CELL3105 Clocks, Sleep and Biological Time (0.5 cu)
  • ANAT3028 Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease (0.5 cu)
  • ANAT3029 Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease (1 cu)
  • ANAT3042 Pain (0.5cu)
  • NEUR3001 Advanced Visual Neuroscience (1cu)
  • NEUR3002 Principles of Neurosurgery (0.5 cu)
  • NEUR3003 Metabolic Neuroscience (0.5 cu)
  • NEUR3018 Neural Basis of Learning and Motivation (0.5 cu)
  • NEUR3031 Control of Movement (0.5 cu)
  • NEUR3041 Neural Computation (0.5 cu)
  • NEUR3045 Visual Neuroscience (0.5 cu)
  • PHOL3001 Respiration in Health and Disease (0.5 cu)
  • PHOL3002 Heart and Circulation (1 cu)
  • PHOL3006 Cellular Basis of Brain Function (1 cu)
  • PHOL3009 Space Medicine and Extreme Environment Physiology (1 cu)
  • PHOL3011 Autonomic and Central Control of Cardiorespiratory Function (0.5cu)
  • PHOL3016 Cell Polarity and Disease (1 cu)

Modules in other Departments

  • BIOC3012 Nutrition and Metabolism in Health and Disease (0.5 cu)
  • BIOC3013 Cancer Biology (0.5 cu)
  • BIOC3016 Genes to Disease (0.5 cu)
  • BIOC3017 Cellular and Molecular Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease (0.5 cu)
  • BIOL3017 Biology of Aging (0.5 cu)
  • PSYC3209 Cognitive Neuroscience (0.5cu)
  • PSYC3207 Human Learning and Memory (0.5cu)

Further Information

For further information on how to apply, please see the Medical School Application page

For further information on the programme please contact:

IBSc Pharmacology Tutor: Prof Lucia Sivilotti, Email: l.sivilotti@ucl.ac.uk

Head of Teaching, NPP (Nueroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology):

Dr Talvinder Sihra, Email: t.sihra@ucl.ac.uk, Tel: +44(0)207 679 3296

IBSc Pharmacology Administrator: Nick Clarke, Email: n.m.clarke@ucl.ac.uk, Tel: +44(0)207 679 3751