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Kingston University

Pharmacology

UCAS Code: B211

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

A-Level Chemistry or Biology at Grade C + one other Science subject required.

Can be combined with other Level 3 qualifications e.g. A2's in different subjects to achieve 112 UCAS points

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30,P:0

Equivalent of 112 UCAS points

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

Equivalent of 112 UCAS points to include Biology or Chemistry at a minimum of a grade H3.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Applied Science, Science or Forensics subjects accepted.

Equivalent of 112 UCAS points in Advanced Highers to include Chemistry or Biology at a minimum of a grade C

UCAS Tariff

112

UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications. General Studies & Critical Thinking not accepted.

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Pharmacology

**Reasons to choose Kingston**
– Kingston is ranked top in London forsubject area 'pharmacy and pharmacology', and tenth nationally (Guardian University League Tables 2019).
– This course meets the core curriculum requirements set out by the British Pharmacology Society (BPS), the professional association for pharmacologists.
– You may study pharmacology on its own or in combination with business. You can also get a career head start through a year’s work experience placement or spend time studying abroad."

**About this course**
This course explores how drugs treat and prevent disease and how medicines are discovered and tested. Emphasis is mainly on biological, rather than chemical, processes. You’ll examine the action of drugs at their target sites, such as major organs and systems, and the body’s reactions. You’ll study the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases, drugs acting on the brain and peripheral nervous system (e.g. antidepressants and analgesics), new drugs to treat brain diseases, and drug abuse.

You’ll consider how pharmacology effects society and develop the skills to communicate with both specialists and the public. Through an independent project, you’ll research an area of particular interest.

Modules

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1: LS4001 - Genes, Cells and Tissues, LS4002 - Essential Biochemistry, LS4003 - Scientific and Laboratory Skills, LS4004 - Human Physiology.
Year 2: LS5001 - Molecular Biology of the Cell (full field only), LS5003 - Principles of Pharmacology with Research Methods, LS5008 - Infection and Immunity, LS5010 - Systems Pharmacology.
Year 3 core modules: LS6002 - Current Concepts in Biomolecular Science (option for major field), LS6003 - Chemotherapy of Infectious and Neoplastic Disease, LS6014 - Project.
Year 3 optional modules: LS6001 - Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics (full field only), LS6004 - Brain and Behaviour.

Assessment methods

Teaching includes lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory work. There is an emphasis on problem-based/case-based learning as the course progresses.

Assessment is by exams and also a variety of different forms of coursework, including oral presentations, reports, essays and poster presentations.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Kingston University

Department:

Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
low
Pharmacology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pharmacology

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
73%
Staff are good at explaining things
64%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pharmacology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,200
med
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

53%
Health professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Science, engineering and production technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

As only a relatively small number of students study pharmacology or toxicology, these statistics refer most closely to the graduate prospects of pharmacy graduates, so bear that in mind when you review them. Only a handful of students take first degrees in pure toxicology every year — the subject is more popular at Masters level. Pharmacology is a degree that tends to lead to jobs in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and outcomes are improving again after a difficult time in the last few years. Jobs in pharmacology are often very specialist and so it’s no surprise that pharmacologists are amongst the most likely of all students to go on to a doctorate — if you want a job in research, start thinking about a PhD. As for pharmacy, unemployment rates are below 1% and 95% of pharmacy graduates had jobs as pharmacists (mostly in retail pharmacists) six months after they left their courses - employment rates have gone up significantly in the last couple of years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Pharmacology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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