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Pharmacology MSci

Pharmacology is the science of how chemical substances interact with our bodies. Pharmacologists work on everything from the development of new medicines to understanding the effects of poisons.

MSci Pharmacology Degree Overview

Pharmacology is a fast-moving, exciting subject and UCL remains world-leading in this discipline. 

The UCL Pharmacology degree is immensely broad and covers areas of physiology, chemistry, neuroscience, biochemistry, and genetics. 

Our degree programme provides in-depth training in both practical skills and theory. Our students benefit from the expertise in many areas of pharmacology such as neuropharmacology and immunopharmacology.

This four-year Pharmacology degree programme is intended for students who want to pursue careers or further study in pharmacology or related disciplines. It offers an additional year on top of the Pharmacology BSc in which to undertake your own major, cutting-edge research project, alongside advanced modules.

Course benefits

  • Pharmacology at UCL offers you an outstanding academic environment. We are internationally renowned in the discipline and are recognised for numerous major discoveries.

  • We combine excellence in pharmacology research with high-quality pharmacology teaching. We have particular expertise in areas such as neuropharmacology and immunopharmacology.

  • In your final year, you will have the opportunity to join a world-leading research group, working side-by-side with some of the best scientists in the field and carrying out your own experimental research project.

  • We offer state-of-the-art modern facilities and are located adjacent to the Medical Research Council's Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, allowing for collaborative final year projects.

Modules

 

Modules - Year 1
SelectionModuleTitleCredit
CompulsoryBIOC0001Biochemistry and Molecular Biology15
CompulsoryCHEM0011Chemistry for Biologists30
CompulsoryPHOL0001Mammalian Physiology30
CompulsoryPHAR0002An Introduction to the Mechanisms of Drug Action15
CompulsorySTAT0021Introductory Statistical Methods and Computing15
CompulsoryCELL0007Cells and Development15

 

Modules - Year 2
SelectionModuleTitleCredit
CompulsoryINIM0005Immunology15
CompulsoryPHAR0004General and Systematic Pharmacology30
CompulsoryPHAR0006Experimental Pharmacology30
CompulsoryPHOL0005Structure and Function of Nervous Systems15
    
Optional
Students will need to choose minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 credits
BIOC0006Essential Protein Structure and Function15
 BIOC0007Essential Molecular Biology15
    
Optional
Students will need to choose minimum of 0 and maximum of 15 credits
NEUR0007Cellular Neurophysiology15
 ANAT0002Developmental Neurobiology15
 CHEM0023Chemistry of Biologically Important Molecules15

 

Modules - Year 3
SelectionModuleTitleCredit
CompulsoryPHAR0016Advanced Investigative Project in Pharmacology30
CompulsoryPHAR0011Molecular Pharmacology15
    
Optional
Students will need to choose minimum of 45 and maximum of 75 credits
PHAR0010Neuropharmacology30
 PHAR0012Receptor Mechanisms15
 PHAR0013Pharmacology of Inflammation (Extended)30
 PHAR0019Pharmacology of Inflammation15
 PHAR0014Drug Design and Development15
 PHAR0015Psychopharmacology15
 PHAR0018Synaptic Pharmacology15
 PHAR0024Toxicology15
    
Optional
Students will need to choose minimum of 0 and maximum of 30 credits
PHOL0006Respiration in Health and Disease15
 PHOL0008Cell Signalling in Health and Disease30
 PHOL0010Space Medicine and Extreme Environment Physiology30
 PHOL0011Autonomic and Central Control of Cardiorespiratory Function15
 PHOL0012Cell Polarity and Disease30
 NEUR0009Metabolic Neuroscience15
 NEUR0014Neural Basis of Motivation and Learning15
 NEUR0015The Control of Movement15
 NEUR0016Neural Computation: Models of Brain Function15
 NEUR0017Visual Neuroscience15
 ANAT0008The Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease15
 ANAT0012Molecular Basis of Neuropsychiatric Disorders15
 ANAT0013Pain15
 CELL0012Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine15
 CELL0014Dynamic Biological Systems15
 BIOC0017Cancer Biology15
 BIOL0020Sex, Genes and Evolution15
 PSYC0035Topics in Neurobiology15

 

Modules - Year 4
SelectionModuleTitleCredit
Optional
Students will need to choose minimum of 60 and maximum of 90 credits
PHAR0023MSci Extended Research Project in Pharmacology90
 PHAR0001MSci Research Project in Pharmacology60
    
Optional
Students will need to choose minimum of 30 and maximum of 60 credits
PHAR0020Neuropharmacology30
 PHAR0012Receptor Mechanisms15
 PHAR0013Pharmacology of Inflammation (Extended)30
 PHAR0019Pharmacology of Inflammation15
 PHAR0014Drug Design and Development15
 PHAR0015Psychopharmacology15
 PHAR0018Synaptic Pharmacology15
 PHAR0024Toxicology15
    
Optional
Students will need to choose minimum of 0 and maximum of 30 credits
PHOL0006Respiration in Health and Disease15
 PHOL0008Cell Signalling in Health and Disease30
 PHOL0010Space Medicine and Extreme Environment Physiology30
 PHOL0011Autonomic and Central Control of Cardiorespiratory Function15
 PHOL0012Cell Polarity and Disease30
 NEUR0009Metabolic Neuroscience15
 NEUR0014Neural Basis of Motivation and Learning15
 NEUR0015The Control of Movement15
 NEUR0016Neural Computation: Models of Brain Function15
 NEUR0017Visual Neuroscience15
 ANAT0008The Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease15
 ANAT0012Molecular Basis of Neuropsychiatric Disorders15
 ANAT0013Pain15
 CELL0012Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine15
 CELL0014Dynamic Biological Systems15
 BIOC0017Cancer Biology15
 BIOL0020Sex, Genes and Evolution15
 PSYC0035Topics in Neurobiology15

 

Career opportunities

This Pharmacology degree programme not only provides detailed knowledge of the subject, but also trains you in planning, executing and analysing scientific projects and in quantitative and analytical skills. This will equip you with a versatility that will be very attractive to many employers.

Pharmacology brings together different aspects of biomedical sciences, opening up many fields of employment. If you are interested in laboratory research, you could progress to a postgraduate research degree (PhD) leading to opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, government research institutes, hospital laboratories, forensic science or university-based research.

Your scientific training may also be used in careers outside the laboratory, such as scientific publication and health administration (e.g., the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA)).

 

What's it like to study Pharmacology at UCL?

The Pharmacology degree at UCL is a small, selective programme taking only ~30 students each year to maintain a good staff-student ratio and a warm and friendly atmosphere. For intellectually curious students we are able to offer a truly world-class experience in one of the most exciting areas of modern science.