UCL Division of Biosciences


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.

What You Will Study

Core Modules

  • Molecular Pharmacology


  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease


One Project choosing from:

  • Library Research Project in Pharmacology
  • Laboratory Research Project in Pharmacology
  • Literature Research Project in Physiology
  • Laboratory Research Project in Physiology


Plus Optional Modules from the following:

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



Pharmacology 3rd Year Modules

  • Neuropharmacology (1 cu)
  • Neuropharmacology (0.5 cu)
  • Receptor Mechanisms (0.5 cu)
  • Immunopharmacology (1 cu)
  • Immunopharmacology (0.5 cu)
  • Drug Design and Development (0.5 cu)
  • Psychopharmacology (0.5 cu)
  • Synaptic Pharmacology: The Synapse - a major site for disease and drug action

Physiology 3rd Year Modules

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

Other NPP 3rd Year Modules

  • 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)
  • Neuroesthetics (0.5cu)
  • Metabolic Neuroscience (0.5cu)
  • 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)

Modules in other Departments

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

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