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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy
Student score
72% LOW
% employed or in further study
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

To include Biology or Chemistry plus one other pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applied Science not accepted. Applicants not studying Chemistry at A level, will require AS level Chemistry at grade C. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

To include Biology or Chemistry plus one other pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applied Science not accepted. Applicants not studying Chemistry at Advanced level, will require Chemistry at Higher Level.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Must be in Applied Science, Lab & Industrial Science or Medical Science.

International Baccalaureate

6,6,5 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).

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 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


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


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

Learn how drugs are discovered, developed and used to treat disease. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? This well established course has been running for over 4 decades and is externally accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. The course regularly receives excellent student satisfaction results in the National Student Survey. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE The course makes use of our excellent facilities which are well equipped for teaching and research in Pharmacology. We pride ourselves on our hands-on approach to learning that is informed by professional practice and outstanding research. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is open to A level applicants (or equivalent) who have ideally studied both Chemistry and Biology. Full details of our entry requirements can be found on our website. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED You can opt to undertake a placement abroad or to join one of our internationally-recognised research groups within the university to undertake a novel project. Throughout the duration of the course you will develop your graduate skills and attributes, enhancing your career options. AFTER THE COURSE As a pharmacologist, you may be involved in developing and testing new drugs for therapeutic and toxic effects or organising clinical trials. You may be registering new products or you could move into medical sales and the development of marketing strategies, while a number of our graduates also choose to undertake postgraduate study.


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.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 74%
Student score 72% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
9% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
58% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
14% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
328 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% 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 98% MED
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are health professionals


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


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 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.
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