This degree explores how drugs work on the human body. It gives you specialist knowledge relevant to a career in the pharmaceutical industry.
Pharmacology is the study of how drugs act on the human body and vice-versa. It is thanks to pharmacologists that you can take an aspirin when you get a headache, or anaesthetic when you get a filling. Topics include:
You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of drug classes. You also develop a sound understanding of the drug development process.
Study with us and you'll:
Scientists working in biomedicine are at the forefront of medical developments that can save lives.
By studying one of our degrees, you're taking your first step towards a rewarding career in science.
We'll make sure you get the best start by providing expert teaching at the cutting edge of the subject.
We're a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research and our world-leading expert staff teach at all levels on our degree programmes.
This means you graduate with the latest knowledge in human health and disease.
Get real-world experience of working in a science environment with work experience between Stages 2 and 3.
It will boost your employability by giving you practical experience in a professional setting.
We recommend you spend four weeks on placement but some students take a full year out.
We provide lots of work experience opportunities here at the university, including:
The University has an award-winning Careers Service. They can also help you find suitable work, provide interview training and offer advice on your CV / application forms.
In your final year you complete a research project on a topic that interests you.
This gives you practical experience of planning and conducting research, boosting your CV with desirable research skills.
Most students do their project work in one of our research institutes.
Here, you're working alongside leading scientists. You'll develop advanced scientific skills and get an insight into a career as a researcher.
Your project may be:
If you want to experience life in another country, you can work or study abroad as part of your degree.
A year abroad boosts your CV, your confidence and your communication skills.
It shows employers you embrace new experiences and gives you intercultural awareness.
We have partners across Europe and in Australia and Singapore. You can:
(UK and EU students only)
There is flexibility to transfer between our degree programmes at the end of the first year if you find your interests change.
You can also apply to transfer to our Medicine or Dentistry degree.
Find out more about opportunities to transfer on the School of Biomedical Sciences' website.
You'll be based in the School of Biomedical Sciences.
The School is in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, which is also home to Dentistry, Medicine and Psychology.
Situated alongside Newcastle’s RVI hospital, we’re one of the largest integrated teaching / hospital complexes in the country.
Our facilities include:
Newcastle's vibrant city centre is just a few minutes' walk away.
Visit the School's website, where you can:
You'll learn through a combination of:
You also have the chance to attend optional research talks, aimed especially at first-year students, as part of our biomedicine+ programme.
Assessment is by examinations and coursework assignments. These include:
Check the the Modules section for information about teaching and assessment methods for specific modules.
We provide plenty of support to help you successfully move from school to university study. We’ll help you settle in quickly and are here if you have any issues.
We support you through: