Pharmacology is the study of medicines. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries have identified pharmacology as a major skills gap, and this programme was designed to fill this deficit. This degree will prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, biomedical research or graduate entry into medicine.
You will explore elements of basic, molecular and clinical pharmacology, develop laboratory expertise and understand the clinical trial and regulatory pathways that bring new drugs from initial idea through to the patient. You will be able to choose from a number of advanced modules in areas, including:
- Issues faced by the pharmaceutical industry - such as determining drug safety
- Clinical trials
- Risk/benefit assessments
- Personalised medicine
- Collaboration between patient, academia, industry and the regulatory community
- Aspects of managing a pharmacology business including research and development costs, pricing, marketing and licencing
This programme was designed in discussion with pharmaceutical and biotechnology leaders to ensure its relevance to today’s pharmacology industry. As a student on this programme you will be eligible for free membership of the British Pharmacological Society - the professional association for pharmacologists and one of the leading pharmacological societies in the world.
Led by Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and co-taught by the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, this degree brings together core strengths of both departments and will provide you with access to a wide range of facilities. You will also benefit from the pharmacology research expertise of the William Harvey Research Institute, a world leading pharmacology centre based within Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Research and teaching
By choosing to study at a Russell Group university, you will have access to excellent teaching and top class research. You will be taught by staff who are actively involved in research, who are enthusiastic about their subjects and sharing their knowledge with you.
You can choose to apply for this degree with an additional academic year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each degree programme may vary). Studying abroad is an excellent way to grow in confidence and broaden your outlook on life by experiencing another culture, while making friends and having fun. When you return to QMUL after this experience, you will have a new perspective on life for your final year and will be awarded the ‘with study abroad’ variant in your degree title, which will help you stand out to employers.
Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL at; http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international/study-abroad-opportunities/
The programme structure outlined below is indicative of what you will study. It may change slightly from year to year as new topics are introduced and after we have listened to current student feedback on teaching.
- The Human Cell
- Chromosomes and Gene Functions
- Research Skills for Pharmacology
- Biomedical Physiology I - Exchange, Movement and Integration
- Biomolecules of Life
- Tissue Biology
- Introduction to Pharmacology
- Causes and Prevention of Disease
- Biomedical Physiology II - Cardiovascular Respiratory
- Human Molecular Biology
- Clinical Pharmacology and Assessment of Drug Safety
- Drug Target Identification
- Infection, Immunology and Inflammation
- The Business of Pharmacology
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
- Membrane and Cellular Biochemistry
- Human Genetics Disorders
- Essential Biochemistry for Human Life
- Grand Challenges in the Natural Sciences
- Health and Wellbeing
- Philosophy and the Business of Science
- Introduction to Scientific Programming
- Engaging the Public in Science
- Drug Design for Pharmacologists
- Translational Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics
- Classic Papers and Current Topics in Pharmacology
- Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs
- Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
- Advanced Immunology
- Human Genetics and Genomics
- Cancer Biology
- Molecular Basis of Personalised Medicine
- Biomarkers in Neuroscience
All third year students must complete one of the following:
- Research Project in Pharmacology
- Project Skills in the Life Sciences
*All modules are subject to change.
General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.
2018 Entry requirements
|A-Level||Grades AAB - ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology or Chemistry. A second science subject at A-Level, of Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics is also required.|
|IB||International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 35 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Biology at Higher Level. This must include Chemistry at Higher Level.|
|BTEC||See our detailed subject and grade requirements|
|GCSE||Minimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.|
|Contextualised admissions||We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.|
General Admissions Entry Requirements
English Language Proficiency
All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.
Vocational and Other Qualifications
The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.
If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making an application for individual advice.
If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.
We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.
European and International Applicants
Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.
Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (email@example.com) is happy to advise you further.
For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
See our information and guidance on how to apply.
Learning and teaching
All our programmes involve a mixture of classroom activities and laboratory work. A variety of teaching styles are employed, which vary slightly among modules and programmes. Most material is delivered via lectures. These last around 50 minutes each and, typically, you would have two lectures per day. Lectures are backed up with small-group tutorials and workshops, where you have the opportunity to ask, in a relatively relaxed and small group setting, about material in lectures that you did not understand, to go through problems and practise past exam papers. In general, lectures, tutorials and workshops take place in the mornings and laboratory classes in the afternoons.
A typical weekly workload would be:
- 6-8 one-hour lectures
- 4-5 hours of practical laboratories or workshops
- 20-25 hours of private study/coursework.
For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; assessing data from experiments; completing lab reports; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study and laboratory sessions you attend, along with your reading and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
For all programmes you must take 120 credits (normally eight modules) in each academic year. Each module is assessed through theory examinations (typically accounting for 75-80 per cent of the final mark) and coursework (for example, practical reports, field course reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests). Examinations normally last two and a half hours for first and second years and three hours for final-year papers.
Final-year students undertake a research project/investigative project worth 15 or 30 credits; these are assessed with a detailed written report, oral presentation, poster and an interview. The main examination period is in May/June, with deferred exams and resits in August for first- and second-year students. The format of undergraduate examinations varies among programmes and may include multiple choice questions (MCQ), extended matching questions (EMQ), short answer questions, problem solving or case-based exercises, and essays.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
2018/19 Academic Year
Tuition fees for International students
2018/19 Academic Year
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
Our graduates will go on to work in a wide variety of careers:
- Some will pursue a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, within a regulatory agency or in a wider biomedical area
- Some will continue with their studies and research and opt for postgraduate study at either Masters or PhD level. Top graduates will be eligible for fully-funded PhD training within the William Harvey Research Institute, the largest pharmacological research institute in the UK
- Some may choose to apply to study medicine via the Graduate Entry Programme.
As a QMUL student, you will have access to our specialist Careers & Enterprise Service who can help prepare you for internships and graduate employment. Their services include support in choosing a career, CV and application writing, interview techniques and mock interviews, tailored workshops and employer-led events to help you apply for internships, part-time work, a graduate role of further study. You will also have access to a dedicated Careers Consultant and Internships Coordinator for your School who has expert knowledge of recruitment and connections to employers in the field.
QMUL is part of the prestigious Russell Group and our graduates have some of the highest starting salaries of any university in the UK (£24,000 average salary in 2015)*. Your standing among graduate recruiters is also enhanced by our membership of the Russell Group of leading universities. The latest data show that 95 per cent* of graduates from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences are in work or further study within six months of graduation.
Progression onto medicine or dentistry
This programme provides an ideal background for students who wish to progress onto medicine or dentistry, as students on our pharmacology degree will study a wide range of biomedical subjects and develop an in-depth knowledge of medicines. You will also gain valuable experience of studying at a medical school, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Entry into accelerated four–year medicine and dentistry programmes in the UK is very competitive. Some graduates will apply for the conventional five-year medicine and dentistry programmes after completing their BSc degree programme. If you are considering any route into medicine or dentistry, we recommend discussing this with your academic advisor as early as possible.
*Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015, based on UK-domiciled, full-time students
Daisy Chidimma Umelo, Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics BSc, Class of 2016
What do you enjoy most about your course?
Getting thought from lecturers who are remarkable and ground breaking individuals in their field of research or industry.
What's it like being a student in London?
Busy, in a nice way! No matter what your hobby is there are numerous opportunities to develop your non-academic and academic skills and also just have fun. The city is filled with endless oppurtunities.
What do you think of the facilities on the campus and in your department?
We have a good variety of equipment important for learning the fundamental assays and research methods.
How do you think your QMUL qualification will help your future career?
The course was tailored to fill the niche in the limited amount of degrees that give access to pharmacological industries. With lectures from leaders in their field such as the EMA and MHRA, we received an in depth view of the world of regulation to lab research, enabling flexibility in choice of future careers. We've also had great opportunities to shadow researchers in the William Harvey Research Institute at a less competitive scale.