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University of Portsmouth

Pharmacology

UCAS Code: B210

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

Entry requirements


BBB-CCC from A levels, to include Biology or Chemistry, plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applied Science not accepted. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science), with a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Biology and a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Chemistry passed at Merit or above.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

3 Principal Subjects at M2 M2 M2, to include Principal Subjects in Biology or Chemistry, plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and either Biology or Chemistry (whichever is not taken to A level standard) or Double Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and either Biology or Chemistry (whichever is not taken to A level standard) or Double Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

29 points from the IB Diploma, with 664 at Higher Level, to include Biology plus Chemistry or Mathematics. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

To include Higher Level Biology or Chemistry at H3 plus a second Science subject or Mathematics. Applicants not studying Chemistry at Higher Level, will require Chemistry at Ordinary Level.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM

Must be in Applied Science.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,C-D,D,D

CCC-DDD from Advanced Highers, to include Biology or Chemistry plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applied Science not accepted.

BBB-CCC from A levels, or equivalent, to include Biology or Chemistry, plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applied Science not accepted. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

97%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Pharmacology

**Overview**
Do you want to be at the forefront of pharmacological science, working in an industry that makes a positive impact to our society? Whether you want to develop and test new drugs or work on marketing strategies for the next advancement in medicine, this is the course for you.

We’ve been teaching this BSc (Hons) Pharmacology degree course for more than 40 years. You’ll graduate with the skills you need to get started in the ever-evolving pharmacology industry.

**On this course you'll:**
- Use our pharmacology, chemistry and microbiology laboratories

- Explore new techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, such as DNA drugs, and investigate areas like how cells communicate with each other

- Use our specialist facilities, which include live cell imaging, spectroscopy equipment, chromatography instruments, molecular modelling facilities, chemical synthesis facilities, and confocal, electron and fluorescence microscopes

**You can also:**
- Join one of our internationally-recognised research groups

- Apply to the Erasmus exchange scheme, which involves a summer research placement at a European university

**Work experience and career planning**
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities, including a summer research placement at a European university, that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. You’ll be able to start a career in all areas of the pharmaceutical industry, including:
- drug development and testing

- medical writing

- marketing and sales

- regulatory affairs

Roles you could do include:
- clinical trial assistant/administrator

- pharmacovigilance officer

- R&D scientist/technician

- secondary school teacher (with additional training)

- regulatory executive

- operations scientist

- research associate

You can also continue your studies at postgraduate level, or set up a business with help and support from the University.

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

**Professional accreditations**
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means your qualification is recognised in the industry. This gives you an edge over those who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

You can also apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology when you complete the course. This gives you membership benefits including access to professional networks and conferences.

Modules

Your first year includes a general introduction to university level-education and to the systems of the body and the diseases that affect them. During the second year you will explore drug treatments for diseases affecting a broad range of organ systems. In your final year you will consider future targets for drug discovery and focus on a research project of your choice.

Assessment methods

On this course there is a balance of formal examinations and coursework. You will be expected to complete coursework throughout the year, whereas exams take place at the end of the academic year. We assess you through diagnostic tests, written assignments, simulated patient-focused case studies, oral and poster presentations, online tests and group-based assessments.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science

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.

96%
high
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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
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

95%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
95%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

90%
Health professionals
3%
Science, engineering and production technicians
1%
Teaching and educational professionals
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.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£33k

£33k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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