Overview


Pharmacology is the science of medicines and other drugs, and is therefore essential to all medical disciplines and the treatment of disease. This course will teach you how drugs work in the body, and how they are used to treat disease.

You’ll gain a broad understanding of the biomedical science disciplines, while gaining specialised knowledge on how drugs are discovered and developed for human use, and how they can sometimes have unwanted effects.

You’ll also develop strong practical skills, with laboratory and experimental design modules being an integral part of your degree.

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.

Our integrated Masters (MBiol) offers you an additional year of specialist research training. You’ll undertake an extended research project and study advanced research topics.

Course highlights

  • Choice: You will build a solid foundation in core biomedical subjects as well as choose from a wide range of modules to customise your degree to your specialist interests.
  • Flexibility: Common core modules in the first year of many of our courses means you could have the flexibility to transfer onto another related degree course if your interests change or develop.
  • Comprehensive learning: You’ll be taught through a combination of advanced topics and research skills modules with practical experience in well-equipped teaching and research laboratories.
  • Research experience: The excellent research skills you will develop during your modules and laboratory experience will give you opportunities to contribute to new pharmacological knowledge.
  • Employability: On this course you will gain numerous transferable skills appropriate for the workplace. In addition, you can undertake an industrial placement or study year abroad, a great chance to enhance your university experience and your CV.
  • Accreditation: Our MBiol and BSc with Industrial Placement courses have been awarded advanced accreditation by the Royal Society for Biology.

Accreditation

Our BSc with Industrial Placement Year and MBiol courses have 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.

Related courses

Human Physiology MBiol, BSc
Medical Sciences MBiol, BSc
Neuroscience MBiol, BSc


Student Profile

Biomedical Sciences

"My industrial placement gave me hands on experience, getting to put what I’ve learnt into practice and understanding the industry."
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Josh Ridley , BSc Pharmacology




Course content

Year 1 provides you with the background in molecular biology, physiology and neuroscience necessary to understand how the body functions, as well as the principles of pharmacology essential for understanding how to treat disease.

The laboratory classes complement the lecture-based learning and teaching and are where you will build a range of practical skills relevant to pharmacology, from the molecular level to the whole organism.

Due to the common core modules in the first year, it may be possible to transfer to Human Physiology, Medical Sciences or Neuroscience after Year 1 (subject to numbers and academic approval).

In Year 2 you'll focus on the drug treatment of various diseases affecting a broad range of bodily systems. This will include the actions of drugs used to treat cardiovascular and brain disorders.

You'll further develop your pharmacological experimental skills in more advanced laboratory classes and have the opportunity to study areas such as chemotherapy, toxicology and drug discovery. This course offers you the opportunity to take an industrial or study abroad year at the end of Year 2.

Year 3 allows you to follow your interests to a deeper level. You'll use all the knowledge and expertise you've developed over the first two years to study advanced topics in pharmacology. You'll also undertake your own research project, covering a cutting-edge topic working under the supervision of a leading expert.

Integrated Masters (MBiol)

Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the BSc and provide you with a foundation in the subject.

In Year 3 you'll take advanced practical classes and undertake a literature-based research project to prepare for your final year project.

In Year 4, as well as studying the latest breakthroughs in research, you'll undertake an extended 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
Biology of the Mind 10 credits
Introduction to Pharmacology 10 credits
Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 2 20 credits
Human Endocrinology 10 credits
Introduction to Physiology 20 credits
The Basis of Life 20 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

For more information on typical modules, read Pharmacology 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

You’ll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. We’ve been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and practicals. Your first and second years will focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge in preparation for your final year research project, which will see you take on independent research and learning with the guidance of leading experts.

Across all years, additional workshop and seminar sessions will complement your lectures and lab practicals, and you will also undertake private study.

As a guide, a typical week in your first year includes nine to twelve hours of lectures, three to six hours of practical sessions in the laboratory, tutorials, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.

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

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA - AAB

BSc:

A-level: AAA - AAB

Including 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.

MBiol:

A-level: AAA

Including 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:

Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

BSc:

Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, graded at D45M0P0 to D39M6P0 including distinctions in Biology and Mathematics or Chemistry. Accept Access courses in Applied Science and Science. Will also consider (depending on subject content):

  • Biochemical Sciences
  • Biological and
  • Biological and Health Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biosciences
  • Combined Sciences
  • Life and Biological Science
  • Physical Sciences

MBiol:

We do not accept Access to HE.

BTEC

BSc:

Applicants with BTEC qualifications (Diploma or Extended Diploma) are required to have A2 level Biology (Maths, Chemistry and Physics may be acceptable alternatives depending on the BTEC subject). Distinctions in the BTEC subject and an A or B grade (BTEC subject dependent) for the A-level subject are required. Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these must be in Biology.

MBiol:

We do not accept BTEC qualification.

Cambridge Pre-U

Bsc:

D3/D3/D3-D3/D3/M1 including D3 in Biology or Chemistry plus one other science or science-related subject.

MBiol:

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

International Baccalaureate

BSc:

35-34 (with 18-17 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology or Chemistry and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

MBiol:

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)

BSc:

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2 - H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3 including H2 in Biology or Chemistry, and another science at higher level.

MBiol:

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2 including H2 in Biology or Chemistry, and another science at higher level.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

BSc:

Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA-AB in 2 Advanced Highers 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.

MBiol:

Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA in 2 Advanced Highers 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

BSc:

AAA-AAB 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.

MBiol:

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 welcome students from around the world and consider a range of qualifications. If your qualification or country does not appear on our entry requirements page, please contact our admissions team.

International year one
Taught at the Leeds International Study Centre, this two-semester course is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. It aims to help you develop the skills you need to join the second year of a Biological Sciences related degree.

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

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.


Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
 

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: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 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 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

As well as providing you with subject-specific knowledge, we aim to equip you with the best possible skills for a variety of future careers. All of our degrees have a strong emphasis on practical based teaching, small group teaching, online learning and problem solving.

Throughout the degree, you’ll gain a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. Supported by the Leeds for Life scheme and your academic and personal tutor, you’ll be ideally placed to focus on your personal development and make the most of your time at university.

Pharmacology graduates are well qualified for careers in pharmaceutical and other medically related industries, as well as a whole spectrum of professional careers including medicine, dentistry, finance and teaching. Other graduates go on to PhD research and postgraduate medicine.

Careers support

Dedicated employability team

We have a dedicated employability team in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who work closely with the University’s Careers Centre to support your development.

We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. These include our annual Faculty Graduate Panel, where graduates are invited back to talk about their work and network with our students, and our STEM Careers Fair, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, such as AstraZeneca, Covance, GSK, Nuffield Health, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

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 third year of your course 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.

Industrial placements are typically taken between after your second year. If you choose to undertake a placement year, this will extend your studies by 12 months. For your work placement in industry, staff at Leeds will help you with your CV and application letters and provide a list of organisations which may offer industrial placements.

Placements abroad are possible. We work together with your industrial supervisors to make sure you get the most out of this year. A year working in industry gives you an excellent opportunity to get used to the demands of the world of work, to develop new skills and to augment your CV.