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.

National Student Survey 2017
93.3% of our Physiology students feel like staff valued their opinions on the course - in the top 10 in the UK. Our Physiology students rated our learning resources highly with 97.8% feeling that the library resources supported their learning.



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. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points including Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or Applied Science.  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: Distinction, Distinction, Merit 
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including grade HL5 in Biology or Chemistry.
IELTS: 6.0
GCSE: Maths and English Grade C/4

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

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Integrative Biological Sciences
  • Introduction to Health Care Sciences
  • Supplementary Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Research Skills
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Biological Chemistry and Foundation Mathematics
  • Elective

Year 2

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Diagnostic Analysis
  • Biostatistics
  • Cellular Investigation
  • Physiological Systems
  • Systems Pharmacology
  • Contemporary Cell Biology Techniques

Year 3

  • Drugs: From Discovery to Use and Abuse
  • Drug Therapies II: Pathophysiology and Treatment of CNS, Cancer and Pain
  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Advanced Systems Pharmacology
  • Research Project or Group Research Project

Learning Environment

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.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 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 2017/18 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.