Pharmacology involves the study of how biologically active components (drugs) act upon the body and vice-versa.
An understanding of drugs and their actions allows us to use them safely and effectively. It is thanks to pharmacologists that you can take an aspirin when you get a headache or have an anaesthetic when the dentist gives you a filling.
Our degree focuses on the way drugs exert their therapeutic effect in humans by modifying disease processes, as well as the mechanisms of toxicity associated with their use.
It provides you with an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of drug classes as well a sound understanding of the drug development process.
You will also gain training in techniques and in vivo skills which are in demand in postgraduate research and the pharmaceutical industry.
Newcastle is a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research and our world-leading expert staff teach at all levels on our degree programmes.
Newcastle is highly regarded for its teaching of biomedical and biomolecular sciences:
Our degrees are divided into two Phases and you can transfer between any of our degrees at the end of Phase 1 if you wish.
We encourage you to spend at least four weeks of your summer vacation after Stage 2 on a work placement. We provide a number of opportunities to help you achieve this.
As a student at Newcastle you will join the School of Biomedical Sciences.
The School of Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle is housed in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, which also accommodates Dentistry, Medicine and Psychology.
This, together with the adjacent School of Dental Sciences and Royal Victoria Infirmary teaching hospital, forms one of the largest integrated teaching and hospital complexes in the country.
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You study a common Phase 1 before specialising later in your degree. This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests in biomedical sciences lie before you specialise in Phase 2. You can change between any of our degrees at the end of Phase 1 if you wish.
We offer degrees in the following areas of the subject:
Modern medicine depends on the advances made by scientists working in the biomedical sciences. This degree combines subjects such as anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology and physiology. This multidisciplinary approach helps us understand disease processes and find new treatments for diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and TB. We offer the following degrees in this area:
Biochemistry is the study of life at the molecular level – how genes and proteins regulate cells, tissues and ultimately whole organisms like you. Have you wondered what causes diseases such as cancer and diabetes? Would you like to help develop new drug treatments? Biochemistry provides the key to understanding how diseases arise and can be treated. We offer the following degrees in this area:
DNA is the genetic ‘blueprint’ that ensures the continuity of life from parent to offspring. Genetics is the study of how DNA is transmitted between generations and decoded to determine our individual characteristics. Newcastle has a research and teaching reputation in this field and the Institute of Human Genetics plays a major role in our degree programme. We offer the following degrees in this area:
The greatest threat to human health worldwide is infectious disease. Medical microbiology is the study of the micro-organisms that cause disease whilst immunology is the related science of how we defend ourselves against microbial infection. Through an understanding of microbiology and immunology scientists are working to develop vaccines against diseases such as HIV, and new treatments for diseases such as MRSA, arthritis, asthma and cancer. We offer the following degree in this area:
This subject area focuses on understanding the scientific basis of physical activity and how it plays an essential role in human health. Study options include the psychology of sport, and business and management topics. We offer the following degree in this area:
Pharmacology involves the study of the action of biologically active components (drugs) on the body and vice-versa. An understanding of drugs and their actions allows us to use them safely and effectively. It is thanks to pharmacologists that you can take an aspirin when you get a headache or have an anaesthetic when the dentist gives you a filling. We offer the following degree in this area:
Physiology is the study of how the body functions. Physiologists study the processes essential to human life such as breathing, digesting food and sensing the world around us. At Newcastle our focus is on human physiology, which underpins much of our understanding of how the body functions in health and disease. We offer the following degree in this area:
Do you enjoy biology? Are you interested in the biomedical or biomolecular aspects of the subject and keen to study these further at university? If you are not quite sure which area will suit you best, the Medical Science (Deferred Choice) programme could be ideal for you as it allows you to study the common first year before deciding which subject area to specialise in at later Stages. We offer the following degree in this area:
Any student registered on a Biomedical or Biomolecular Sciences degree at Newcastle may apply to transfer to the first year of our Medicine (A100) or Dentistry (A206) degree at the end of their first year.
There is also a graduate entry route into Medicine available at Newcastle University.
Visit the School of Biomedical Sciences' website to find out more about opportunities to transfer.