Overview


Pharmacology is the science of medicines and other drugs, and how they interact with the body. It is an essential arm of most medical disciplines as it covers all aspects of health and disease. By studying pharmacology, knowledge of physiological processes is directed into developing drugs to target disorders of the human body caused by bacteria and viruses or even man-made mutagenic chemicals.

Important note: Pharmacology is commonly confused with pharmacy. Pharmacy is a completely separate profession, mainly concerned with the preparation and dispensing of drugs.

You should study pharmacology because it offers you the chance to understand how we discover new ways to treat illness. You will have the opportunity to ask questions such as ‘can we find a simple and effective drug to stop obesity?’ and ‘how can we understand the human brain and produce drugs that cure mental illness?’

Our Pharmacology degree offers you the chance to get a broad understanding of the biomedical science disciplines, whilst also learning about how drugs are discovered and developed for human use and the unwanted effects they can sometimes cause.

We have received 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey in six of the last seven years.
Our tutorial and small group work system is designed to develop essential transferable skills, such as written and oral communication, problem solving and team working skills, alongside pharmacological knowledge.

All our degree programmes allow you to undertake a placement year and study abroad year as part of your degree.

Accreditation

This programme has been awarded Full Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Degree accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology acknowledges academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates have met defined learning outcomes, including gaining substantial research experience.

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Course content: Pharmacology MBiol, BSc

Year one provides the necessary background in physiology, neuroscience and anatomy to understand how the body works. You will also be taught the principles of pharmacology which are essential for understanding how to treat disease. Lectures are complimented by practical sessions to give you the skills relevant to pharmacology.

In year two you will focus on the drug treatments used for various diseases, including cardiovascular and brain disorders. More advanced practical classes will see you develop your pharmacological experimental skills, covering areas such as chemotherapy and toxicology.

In year three of the MBiol you will undertake practical classes and undertake a literature based research project to help you prepare for year four. In year four, as well as studying the latest breakthroughs in research, you will also undertake your own extended laboratory research project, further developing yourself and opening up even more career opportunities upon graduation.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

COMPULSORY MODULES

Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 20 credits
Foundations of Biomedical Sciences 40 credits
Biology of the Mind 10 credits
Introduction to Pharmacology 10 credits
Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 2 20 credits
Human Endocrinology 10 credits

Year 2

COMPULSORY MODULES

Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology 20 credits
Experimental Skills 10 credits
Scientific Skills 10 credits
Neuropharmacology 10 credits
Principles of Drug Discovery 10 credits
Experimental Skills in Pharmacology 10 credits
Topics in Pharmacology 10 credits

Year 3

COMPULSORY MODULES

Advanced Scientific Skills 20 credits
Advanced Topics in Pharmacology II 20 credits
Practical Research Skills 20 credits
Extended Research Project Preparation 20 credits

Year 4

COMPULSORY MODULES

Advanced Research Topics 30 credits
Extended Research Project 90 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Pharmacology MBiol, BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second year will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts.

Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.

Assessment

We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.

Entry requirements, fees and applying: Pharmacology MBiol, BSc

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA

Including Biology/Human Biology, or Chemistry plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Science- related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.

Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

GCSE:

Typically Grade B or above at GCSE Maths and Grade C or above at GCSE English.

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

We do not accept Access to HE.

BTEC

We do not accept BTEC qualification.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3/D3/D3 including Pre-U Biology or Chemistry plus one other science or science-related subject.

International Baccalaureate

35 (with 18 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology or Chemistry, and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAAAAB including an A in higher level Biology or Chemistry, and another science at higher level.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Advanced Higher: AAA including Biology and another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Science-related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.
Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

Welsh Baccalaureate

AAA including Biology/Human Biology, or Chemistry plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Science- related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £21,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our scholarships

Career opportunities: Pharmacology MBiol, BSc

Number 1 for employability – the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.

Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers in diverse sectors such as the pharmaceutical industry, agribusiness, conservation, environmental consultancy and education. They have gone to work for city councils, hospitals, not-for-profit organisations, and private corporations in industries related to biology. Many also specialise through further study at PhD level.

Careers support

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, you will spend the fourth year of the MBiol studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University’s Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.