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University of Westminster, London

Pharmacology and Physiology

UCAS Code: BB12

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

This should include two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Maths.

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction, with at least a Merit in all Biology or Chemistry modules. Applicants should also have Maths and English GCSEs at Grade 4 (Grade C prior to 2017) or above.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

This should include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level Science subjects.

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

DMM

This should be in Applied Science.

UCAS Tariff

112

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Pharmacology

Physiology

Pharmacology and physiology are closely related disciplines. Pharmacology is the study of drug action and how medicines may modify disease states. Physiology is concerned with how the body and its systems are controlled, and in the changes that lead to disease states. This course will provide you with a sound understanding of the biological action of drugs and other biomolecules at the tissue, cellular and sub-cellular levels, and their use in medicines for the treatment of disease.

Modules

First-year core subjects include cell biology, biochemistry, human physiology, fundamentals of pharmacology, and the history, philosophy and practice of science, and an option module from subjects such as the application of biological sciences, biological chemistry and botany, or an elective module from across the University. In Year 2 you will study five core subjects – research methods, metabolic biochemistry, medical physiology, systems pharmacology and physiological networks – and an option module from subjects such as bioinformatics, molecular biology and genetics, and contemporary global issues, or an elective from across the University. Alongside your final year research project you will study core modules in advanced pharmacology and toxicology, neuroscience, and drug discovery with immunopharmacology, and an option module from subjects such as clinical neuropharmacology, advanced cell biology, global ethics, work experience, or an elective from across the University.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Westminster, London

Department:

Faculty of Science and Technology

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.

85%
med
Pharmacology
85%
med
Physiology

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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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
91%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
91%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
25%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
A

Anatomy, physiology and pathology

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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
91%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
91%
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
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
25%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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.

£19,000
low
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
92%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Health professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
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.

Anatomy, physiology and pathology

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.

£19,000
low
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Health professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats here cover not just anatomy, physiology and pathology courses, but also neuroscience and physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is much the most popular of the four. So, a lot of the data you’re looking at is really for physiotherapists, who have excellent employment rates - although all the subjects under this group do better than average. Anatomy and physiology graduates often take further study — usually moving on to a medical degree - and neurosciences graduates opt for a more academic route in study. Pathology graduates tend to go into work. Physiotherapy graduates mainly go straight into work, and a large majority got into physiotherapy roles within six months of graduation in 2016, usually either in hospitals or private practice. There are shortages of graduates in all of these disciplines although issues with funding roles, particularly in physiotherapy, still mean that these degrees are not a guaranteed path to a job - but the chances of getting a job are very good.

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.

£15k

£15k

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

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.

Physiology

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

£15k

£15k

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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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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