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 Physiology and Pharmacology (UCL Medical Students Only)



Physiology and Pharmacology study how living organisms work, and how chemical compounds, endogenous or exogenous, interact with them to affect their function. They are the basic sciences underlying modern medicine and research aimed at understanding human health and disease. The joint honours programme fosters the study of two tightly related and complementary disciplines, for which understanding of one is required for, and enhances, understanding of the other.

Physiology & Pharmacolgy 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).

What You Will Study

Core Modules


  • PHOL3004 Cell Signalling in Health and Disease

One Project choosing from:

  • PHAR3009 Library Research Project in Pharmacology
  • PHAR3010 Laboratory Research Project in Pharmacology
  • PHOL3902 Literature Research Project in Physiology
  • PHOL3904 Laboratory Research Project in Physiology

Further project information can be found on the project page.

Plus Optional Modules from the following:

(PHOL and PHAR taught units must add up to 1 course unit or more)

Pharmacology 3rd Year Modules

  • PHAR3001 Neuropharmacology (1 cu)
  • PHAR3002 Neuropharmacology (0.5 cu)
  • PHAR3004 Receptor Mechanisms (0.5 cu)
  • PHAR3005 Immunopharmacology (1 cu)
  • PHAR3031 Immunopharmacology (0.5 cu)
  • PHAR3006 Drug Design and Development (0.5 cu) 
  • PHAR3011 Synaptic Pharmacology: The Synapse - a major site for disease       and  drug action

Physiology 3rd Year Modules

  • PHOL3001 Respiration in Health and Disease (0.5 cu)
  • PHOL3002 Heart and Circulation (1 cu)
  • PHOL3006 Cellular Basis of Brain Function (1 cu)
  • PHOL3011 Autonomic and Central Control of Cardiorespiratory Function (0.5cu)
  • PHOL3016 Cell Polarity and Disease (1 cu)

Other NPP 3rd Year Modules

  • 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)
  • NEUR3003 Metabolic Neuroscience (0.5cu)
  • 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)

Modules in other Departments

  • 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

IBSc Physiology and Pharmacology Information Leaflet

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

For further information on the programme please contact:

IBSc Physiology and Pharmacology Tutor: Dr Paola Vergani, Email: p.vergani@ucl.ac.uk, Tel: +44(0)207 679 7908

IBSc Physiology and Pharmacology Administrator: Anushka Magan, Email: a.magan@ucl.ac.uk, Tel: +44(0)203 108 1034