UCL Division of Biosciences


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.

Core Module:

  • Molecular Pharmacology

Plus one project from:

  • Library Research Project
  • Laboratory Research Project

Other Optional Modules offered:

  • Advanced Molecular Cell Biology (0.5 cu)
  • Clocks, Sleep and Biological Time (0.5 cu)
  • Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease (0.5 cu)
  • Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease (1 cu)
  • Pain (0.5cu)
  • Advanced Visual Neuroscience (1cu)
  • Principles of Neurosurgery (0.5 cu)
  • Metabolic Neuroscience (0.5 cu)
  • Neural Basis of Learning and Motivation (0.5 cu)
  • Control of Movement (0.5 cu)
  • Neural Computation (0.5 cu)
  • Visual Neuroscience (0.5 cu)
  • Respiration in Health and Disease (0.5 cu)
  • Heart and Circulation (1 cu)
  • Cellular Basis of Brain Function (1 cu)
  • Space Medicine and Extreme Environment Physiology (1 cu)
  • Autonomic and Central Control of Cardiorespiratory Function (0.5cu)
  • Cell Polarity and Disease (1 cu)

Modules in other Departments

  • Nutrition and Metabolism in Health and Disease (0.5 cu)
  • Cancer Biology (0.5 cu)
  • Genes to Disease (0.5 cu)
  • Cellular and Molecular Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease (0.5 cu)
  • Biology of Aging (0.5 cu)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (0.5cu)
  • 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: Lousie Le Cornu, Email: l.lecornu@ucl.ac.uk, Tel: +44(0)207 679 3751