Study Pharmacology in the UK

Pharmacology in the UK

Career options, entry requirements and rankings for Pharmacology.

Study Pharmacology in the UK

Pharmacology is the science of drugs, particularly drug action and the effects of drugs on a certain cell, tissue or organism. Not restricted to just medicines, pharmacology also looks at substances produced inside the body such as hormones. A pharmacology course in the UK covers areas of science such as neuroscience, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and infection and immunity.

Pharmacology degrees in the UK last for three years and start by providing students a good knowledge of biology in the first year. Students are given the opportunity to undertake research projects and all modules are kept up to date with the latest scientific research.

Pharmacology Career Prospects

Pharmacology graduates are well suited to research positions in pharmaceutical and bioscience companies, looking at drug safety, drug research and drug sales. Many students may also take up clinical or technical roles in laboratories, not focusing on drug research.

Please note that Pharmacology is different from Pharmacy and will not qualify students to work as a pharmacist.

Entry Requirements for a degree in Pharmacology

Students must have a qualification in chemistry and another science of biology, physics or mathematics at grade A or equivalent.

  • International Baccalaureate requirements: 36 points.
  • A-levels requirements: AAB.
  • IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.

Please note that entry requirements differ between UK universities.

Which UK Universities Offer Pharmacology Courses?

To discover the best places to study a degree inPharmacology in the UK, find out about the universities listed in the top ten for Pharmacy and Pharmacology in the Guardian University Guide 2017 below:

  1. Ulster University
  2. Cardiff University
  3. University of Bristol
  4. University of Nottingham
  5. Queen's University, Belfast
  6. University of Manchester
  7. Keele University
  8. University of Leicester
  9. University of East Anglia
  10. University College London

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