Pharmacology BSc (Hons)

Are you interested in how drugs are made? Are you fascinated by the human body and what happens in disease?

The BSc Pharmacology course explores all this and more. On this degree you’ll study how disease affects the normal human body and learn in detail how drugs restore normal function. You will explore where drugs come from and how they are developed. Teaching is guided by research specialisms of the staff members, and includes neuropharmacology, nanotechnology, cancer treatments, and drugs of abuse. With over 300 hours of practical classes you will gain extensive hands-on experience discovering how molecules, cells and whole organisms function and how they are affected by drugs. This culminates in an extended final year research project, allowing you to apply your knowledge and practical skills to an in-depth study.

If you have an interest in how medicines work and want to learn more about what new drugs will do in the future, then this is the ideal course for you.

UCLan’s Pharmacy and Pharmacology provision is now ranked 15th in the UK according to the Guardian 2020 University Guide, having climbed 15 places over the past two years.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full time: three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Perfect for working in the pharmaceutical industry - drug testing, drug research and drug design.
  • Complimentary student membership of the British Pharmacological Society.
  • Fully funded attendance at an internationally renowned Pharmacology Conference integrated into final year module.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Biosciences
  • Essential Skills in Biosciences
  • Biosciences in Practice 

Year 2

  • Bioscience Practical Skills
  • Molecules to Cells
  • Physiology and Pharmacology

Year 3

  • Research Project
  • Advanced Therapies
  • Molecular Neuropharmacology
  • Drug Development

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points including either Chemistry or Biology at grade C. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Applied Science - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 104-112 UCAS Points including 15 credits at Level 3 in Chemistry or Biology Modules at Distinction
International Baccalaureate: 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including Higher Level Biology or Chemistry at grade 5
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Students will learn in dedicated lecture theatres, classrooms and laboratories with practical classes supported by demonstrators and technicians.

Students will be assessed by multiple mechanisms including written coursework (essays, practical reports, reviews), presentations and exams. We have placed a lot of emphasis on practical skills and these will be assessed directly in competency tests.

Histpathology Laboratory

Pharmacy Practice Suite

Industry links

The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) have identified that there is a shortage of graduates with pharmacology practical skills (Bridging the Skills Gap, 2015). Course directly addresses this with over 300 hours of practical classes and pharmacology final year practical projects.

Professional Accreditation

Interim accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology expected 2018-2019. Full accreditation expected once full cohort of students graduate in 2021.

Course designed with reference to British Pharmacological Society core curriculum.


Students will be encouraged to become student members of British Pharmacological Society and to attend the annual BPS conference.

Graduate careers and progression:

It is envisaged that graduates will go onto further study (MSc, PG medicine or dentistry) or further research (MRes, PhD, working in industry). Specific jobs for recent Physiology and Pharmacology graduates (2016) include Clinical Trials Assistant (Covance), Quality Control assistant (Sanofi Pharmaceuticals)


Staff are research active and experts within the field. Teaching staff include members of various learned societies including the British Pharmacological Society, Biochemical Society, British Neuroscience Association and British Neuro-Oncology Society.

Course Enquiries

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.