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BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

Not Available

% applicants receiving offers

87%

Subjects
  • Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy
Student score
85% MED
% employed or in further study
96% LOW
Average graduate salary
£21.7k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

BB in Biology or Chemistry and at least one other from Biology, Chemistry, Home Economics and Mathematics

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Grades BBB at Higher - Biology or Chemistry and at least one other from Biology, Chemistry, Home Economics or Mathematics. We can also consider Advanced Highers

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of Not Available and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

87%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Applied pharmacology is the study of how drugs and medications affect how our body works. Drugs can be used to both maintain a healthy lifestyle and treat or cure disease. This course will provide you with the skills to work in a variety of areas related to the pharmaceutical industry and the broader area of research.Aside from just focussing on drugs, this course uniquely integrates a focus on nutritional factors which also impact on people's health.

Modules

Year 1: Cell biology and genetics; human physiology; biochemistry; developmental biology and ageing; microbiology; introduction to food and nutrition; key investigative skills; health psychology; health and welfare. Year 2: Human physiology and pharmacology; systems biology; molecular biology; medical microbiology; immunology; nutrition: energy and macronutrients; laboratory investigative procedures; professional development; key investigative skills. Year 3: Molecular pharmacology; neuropharmacology; clinical sciences; neuroscience; drug abuse and addiction. Year 4: Dissertation; molecular pharmacology; current issues in health sciences; clinical microbiology; performance enhancing drugs.

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Campus panorama

Queen Margaret University Edinburgh is one of the newest universities in the country. QMU combines a relevant education, a high standard of living, a great student experience and a phenomenal employability rate to create a unique university for the 6,000 students who study here. Nearly 80% of our student population is female, all enjoying what Edinburgh has to offer as a top student city.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
22%
78%

Year 1

21%
79%

Year 2

13%
87%

Year 3

8%
92%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
70%
21%
9%

Year 1

50%
29%
21%

Year 2

39%
57%
4%

Year 3

17%
67%
16%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources

88%

Staff made the subject interesting

88%

Library resources are satisfactory

71%

Feedback on work has been helpful

65%

Feedback on work has been prompt

71%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

94%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
65% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
309 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
81% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% LOW
Average graduate salary £21.7k HIGH
Graduates who are health associate professionals

4%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

20%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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 in demand with the pharmaceutical and medical industries alike and there are some worries about whether the UK is producing enough graduates, though of late, unemployment rates have actually been a little high. 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, although there have been some concerns expressed about whether opportunities have kept pace with a subject that has rapidly increased in popularity, unemployment rates are ultra-low and over 95% of working pharmacy graduates had jobs as pharmacists (mostly as retail pharmacists) six months after they left their courses; telling you that these are degrees in demand.
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