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.

BSc Physiology and Pharmacology (2nd Year Entry Only)


What is Physiology and Pharmacology?

Physiology and Pharmacology study how living organisms work and how chemical compounds, endogenous and 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.

Degree Features

  • After completing the First year of BSc Biomedical Sciences, it is possible to transfer on to the BSc Physiology and Pharmacology specialist degree.  Please see our Biomedical Sciences page for further information on year 1 study.
  • In the third year our teaching is research-led and students will supplement their studies by reading original research papers and reviews published in the scientific literature. All final year students must undertake a laboratory or library research project in physiology or pharmacology.  Please see the course outline below for further information on study in years 2 and 3.
  • If you are currently a first year UCL Biomedical Sciences student and would like further information on the BSc Physiology and Pharmacology degree please contact:      

Programme Tutor: Dr Paola Vergani, p.vergani@ucl.ac.uk, 0207 679 7666     

Programme Administrator: Anushka Magan, a.magan@ucl.ac.uk, 0203 108 1034

Modules for Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • PHAR2002 General And Systematic Pharmacology
  • PHOL2005 Structure and Function of the Nervous System
  • STAT6101 Introduction to Statistical Methods and Computing


  • BIOL2004 Fundamentals of Molecular Biology PLUS either:
  • BIOC2002 Essential Protein Structure and Function or
  • BIOC2003 Essential Molecular Biology


Plus a choice of optional modules from a wide range.

Modules for Year 3

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) 
  • PHAR3008 Psychopharmacology (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)
  • ANAT3028 Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease (0.5 cu)
  • ANAT3029 Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease (1 cu)
  • CELL3105 Clocks, Sleep and Biological Time (0.5 cu)
  • ANAT3042 Pain (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)