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B210 - Pharmacology

Pharmacology

BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: B210
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2023
Year :

This accredited Pharmacology degree will equip you with the specialist knowledge and skills you need for a career as a leader in the pharmaceutical industry.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £25800

Entry requirements and offers

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

Our Pharmacology BSc Honours degree focuses on developing your practical and scientific understanding of pharmacology, toxicology and the human body. It will set you on the path for a career at the forefront of the pharmaceutical industry. 

We are a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research and our world-leading and expert staff will lead the teaching on your degree. This ensures you will graduate with a cutting-edge knowledge of pharmacology.

You will study a range of topics, including:

  • drug development
  • pharmacogenetics
  • microbiology and immunology
  • anti-cancer drugs

You will develop practical biomedical and research skills, and the most up-to-date laboratory and clinical approaches used in pharmacology. You'll also gain an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of drug classes.

Your course and study experience - disclaimers and terms and conditions  
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to Covid-19.

View our Academic experience page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information, which gives details of circumstances that may lead to changes to programmes, modules or University services.

Quality and ranking

  • 17th in the UK - The Complete University Guide 2023 (Pharmacology and Pharmacy)
  • 18th in the UK - Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 (Pharmacy and Pharmacology category)
  • Top 125 for Clinical and Health – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
  • Top 150 for Pharmacy and Pharmacology - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
  • 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
  • 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • Global Top 125 University - QS World University Rankings 2023

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Additional information

Transfer to our Medicine or Dentistry degrees

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. This opportunity is open to UK, EU and international students. It is competitive, with a limited number of places available. Students are selected on the basis of academic performance in the first year, a UCAT score, a personal statement and, if shortlisted, an interview.

Find out about transferring courses

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

All of our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie before you specialise.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as: clinical pharmacology and drug development, carcinogenesis, anti-cancer drugs, pharmacogenomics, neuropharmacology, toxicology and clinical and laboratory techniques used in drug development.

You'll complete a research project in an area linked to your degree that interests you in your final year.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Biochemistry 15
Genetics 15
Microbiology and Immunology 15
Cell Biology 15
Practical Skills in Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences 1 15
Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences 2 15
Pharmacology 15
Physiology 15

All of our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie before you specialise.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as: clinical pharmacology and drug development, carcinogenesis, anti-cancer drugs, pharmacogenomics, neuropharmacology, toxicology and clinical and laboratory techniques used in drug development.

You'll complete a research project in an area linked to your degree that interests you in your final year.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits

All of our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie before you specialise.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as: clinical pharmacology and drug development, carcinogenesis, anti-cancer drugs, pharmacogenomics, neuropharmacology, toxicology and clinical and laboratory techniques used in drug development.

You'll complete a research project in an area linked to your degree that interests you in your final year.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Advanced Pharmacogenetics 10
Carcinogenesis and Anticancer Drugs 10
Drug Discovery and Development 20
Advanced Topics in Neuropharmacology 10
Toxicology 10
Integrated Pharmacology 10
Additional compulsory module information
You also take one of the following modules (shown in the optional list below):
 
Research Project (40 credits)
OR
 
 
Optional Modules Credits
Business Enterprise for the Bioscientist 10
Health and Illness: Professional and Societal Perspectives 10
Science Communication 10
Bioethics 10
Bioinformatics 10
Research Project 40
Research project for exchange students 40
Research in Pharmacological Sciences 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes and small group seminars.

You also have the chance to attend optional research talks, aimed especially at first-year students, as part of our biomedicine+ programme.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Practical sessions

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Practical skills

In your final year, you'll work alongside internationally recognised scientists in one of our research institutes while completing your research project.

This will allow you to develop advanced research and scientific skills, while also getting an insight into a career as a researcher.

Business skills

You will have plenty of opportunities to gain work experience to enhance your employability while studying. This includes:

  • vacation studentships in a University research laboratory
  • paid work in one of our research institutes through our Laboratory Assistant Scheme
  • employability ambassador scheme
  • student mentoring scheme

Research skills

As a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research, you're guaranteed an education right at the cutting edge of the discipline, so you'll always be aware of the latest developments and innovations in the field.

Your research skills will be greatly enhanced by your final-year research project, which allows you to explore an area of pharmacology you're interested in and apply your previous years of learning, skills and analytical techniques to a capstone project.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year, and your degree title will show you have achieved the placement year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

You'll be based in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at our city-centre campus. The Faculty is also home to Dentistry, Medicine, Psychology and Pharmacy, making it a vibrant environment for learning and research.

Our facilities include:

  • a dedicated medical library with a wide range of specialist books and journals
  • spacious modern teaching laboratories
  • hi-tech computer clusters and study spaces
  • cutting-edge research laboratories and equipment facilities
  • flexible student social spaces
  • being less than two minutes’ walk of the sports centre

Find out about the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Support

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have, when starting university.

We have study skills ambassadors; peers who can help you with your studies including maths support.

We also have Phase Advisors who monitor your academic progress, and in-school Wellbeing Advisors who can help you manage issues affecting you during your studies.

Your future

There is a great demand for graduates in the biomedical and biomolecular sciences within the health services and industry, particularly leading or working as part of research teams, and many of our students choose this career path.

A large proportion of our graduates choose to take a further degree either a medical, master's, PhD or teaching qualification, before embarking on permanent employment.

Recent Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences BSc and MSci Honours graduates have taken up roles such as:

  • clinical specialist
  • laboratory analyst
  • research technician
  • clinical data associate
  • trainee clinical scientist
  • research PhD student
  • medical writer

Work in a range of industries

Sectors employing bioscientists include:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • biotechnology
  • education
  • healthcare
  • chemical
  • cosmetics and toiletries
  • food and drink
  • scientific writing
  • research and development
  • patent law
  • business analysis
  • software engineering
  • clinical trials management

Find out more about the career options for Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

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Careers support

Throughout your studies, there will be many opportunities to engage with industry including:

  • site visits
  • guest lectures
  • employability fairs
  • industrial placements
  • internships
  • advice from industry

Develop your employability with the support of the School through:

  • summer placements
  • internship opportunities
  • SOLAR – a student-led outreach group teaching school children science
  • opportunities to participate in clinical work shadowing
  • becoming a student rep or ambassador
  • mock interviews
  • CV interviews
  • careers clinics
  • earning open badges
  • enterprise challenge events
  • assistance with applying to medicine/dentistry/postgraduate study

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements and offers

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2023 entry.

A Level
International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee Students

£25800

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.

EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.

If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.

Read more about fees and funding

Scholarships

We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

Scholarships

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.

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