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University of Southampton

Pharmacology

UCAS Code: B210

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB to include Chemistry and one further science subject. A level science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.

The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A Levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects. However, all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies, Use of Maths and Critical Thinking).

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 of which 45 credits must be at Distinction. A core science Access to HE Diploma must be studied.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

D3, D3, M2 to include Chemistry and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

Pass with overall score of 34 points, with 17 points required at higher level, including 5 and 6 points at Higher Level in Chemistry and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. nternational Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

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

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2

H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 to include Chemistry and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

DDD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D

D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

D*D*

D*D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

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

DD

DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

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

D

D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

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

DDD

DDD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

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

D

D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

AAB from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-Levels, to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

UCAS Tariff

136

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Pharmacology

Pharmacology is the science of how drugs work. This programme examines molecular aspects of how drugs can be used to treat disease in humans and animals as scientists seek an improved quality of life for all. Recent advances in this area have resulted in better treatments for AIDS, depression, heart failure and malaria.
This flexible programme, allows you to combine interests in biochemistry, physiology, neuroscience, cell biology, genetics, microbiology and pharmacology. The emphasis is on the science that underpins and advances clinical practice, rather than the technical basis of routine laboratory tests.
You will study human disease at all levels, from genetic mutations through organ degeneration, such as the brain in Alzheimer’s disease, up to whole body metabolic disorders like diabetes. In year four, you will complete an extensive laboratory-based research project in the heart of our state-of-the-art Life Sciences building or with the research groups based at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
You will learn the major concepts and principles of pharmacology in years one and two through core topics, before completing a research project of your own in your third year.
Our teaching staff are actively involved in pharmacological research in areas such as nerve damage and recovery, developmental biology, oncology and the development of new antibiotics which will feed into your learning.
You will have the opportunity to spend a year out of university putting your skills to use in the pharmaceutical industry. A Pharmacology degree will equip you for careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, scientific officer roles, teaching, forensic medicine and managerial roles in business. There is also the opportunity to go on to study for a higher degree such as an MSc or PhD.

Modules

Molecular basis of life – Cellular and genetic mechanisms – General pharmacology – Molecular and cellular biochemistry – Neuroscience – Molecular biology – Medical biotechnology – Neuropharmacology of CNS disorders – Selective toxicity - Core Skills in the Life Sciences- Fundamentals of organic Chemistry for non chemists - Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry for non-chemists - Integrative Mammalian Physiology

Assessment methods

Our BSc Pharmacology eight modular units are taken each academic year, four in semester one and four in semester two. A unit normally consists of two lectures a week plus a three-hour practical on alternate weeks. Practicals and other components of in-course assessment make up 25% of your final mark for the year. We also provide workshops and pastoral tutorials in which you can get specific help on the content of your lectures. Each week students therefore attend eight 45-minute lectures, an average of two 2 to 3 hour practical classes and may also attend a small group tutorial, which should take up to two hours to prepare.
Examinations are held in the two weeks after each semester, in January and June

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£21,580
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Biological Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

75%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
11%
Therapy professionals
7%
Health 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.

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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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