Physiology and Pharmacology

Physiology and Pharmacology BSc (Hons)

On this degree you’ll study the human body in both normal and altered states, including the development of disease processes. You’ll gather a sound understanding of how drugs and medicines can have a beneficial effect on the body and how adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals can arise. If you have an interest in the human body and want to learn more about how the body functions to maintain a stable environment then this is the ideal course for you. It is the perfect route if you want a career in the pharmaceutical industry – drug testing, drug research, drug design and development, lab work or other bioscience based careers.

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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:


  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology at UCLan is 2nd in the North West and in the top 5 in the UK for teaching quality - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology at UCLan are nationally ranked in the UK top 20 according to The Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • You will have the flexibility to choose between two final degree routes dependent on your chosen career.

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
  • Molecular Neuropharmacology
  • Drug Development
  • Contemporary Topics in Physiology

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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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 in Biology or Chemistry at grade 5
IELTS: 6.0
GCSE: Maths and English Grade C/4

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

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You’ll have the opportunity in your second year to study abroad and this includes European countries and the United States of America.

There are possible opportunities to work as a paid summer intern in the labs - working alongside academics on their specialised research area and this can often lead to publications.

This is the ideal degree if you want a career in the pharmaceutical industry – drug testing, drug research, drug design and development which in many cases will involve laboratory work but may also involve in silico studies. Some of our graduates have entered medicine and many go on to postgraduate studies in many areas of bioscience, some directly related to medical research. The generic skills learnt during this degree including writing reports and oral presentations can prove to be very useful in many managerial jobs.

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.

Teaching on the course comprises a diverse range of methods and styles including lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer-based learning, case studies and laboratory practicals. As well as the traditional methods of teaching, e-learning (based around a virtual learning environment) and problem-based learning techniques will be used. There will be a number of opportunities for you to develop individual and team working skills.

Assessments include written and practical as well as a wide-range of coursework and examinations, allowing a full range of skills to be developed.


‘The lecturing staff are dedicated to the students, not only ensuring all the academic criteria is met, but smoothing the change from A Levels to university life.’

‘Every member of staff came across as approachable. My personal tutor helped me throughout the degree, guiding me through the different methods of assessment.’

‘The reason I enjoyed my time at UCLan was because of the sense of community amongst students and because the staff take a genuine interest in your wellbeing and really help you to succeed.’


We are continuously purchasing novel sophisticated equipment to ensure that the students are being taught about the latest methods and understand the contribution that these can make to fundamental research discoveries e.g. in the last two years we have purchased two state of the art fluorescence microscopes, two high sensitivity fluorescence plate readers, one fluorescence microscope with sophisticated deconvolution software, a hypoxic chamber for cultured cells and a Seahorse Xp flux analyser (for measuring in situ bioenergetics parameters). This equipment is now used extensively in the final year research projects, and in some specialized modules in the second and third year of the degree and complements the continued purchasing of up to date laboratory equipment.

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Sophie Harrison

Sophie Harrison

BSc (Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology, 2017

Having always had an interest in drug development, Sophie Harrison chose to study BSc (Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology as she wasn’t sure which career path to take and the course offered “anatomy understanding as well as pharmacokinetics.”

Now, Sophie works as a Clinical Trial Assistant at MAC Clinical Research in Manchester. Her duties include performing phase 1 clinical trials, laboratory work and clinical work – analysis, blood sampling, venepuncture, ECG and EEGs.

Victoria Richards

Victoria Richards

BSc (Hons), Physiology and Pharmacology, 2017

Victoria Richards knew that she wanted to do a science degree, leading to a very hands-on role, therefore a lot of laboratory experience while at University was a big decider for her. This, added with a keen interest in pharmacology as well as the molecular aspect of science, meant UCLan’s BSc (Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology course was the right choice.  Victoria has since progressed to work as an Analytical Laboratory Scientist at PCCA Limited.

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 | 2020 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.