BSc Pharmacology (B210)

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UCAS code B210
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 37 overall
Intercalation This course is available for intercalation

About BSc Pharmacology

Pharmacology is the study of the action of drugs in the widest possible sense; it encompasses many types of chemicals that affect the functioning of the body rather than just medicines.

For the first two years, you study a number of core units run by the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience and choose others from a wide selection, such as biochemistry, molecular genetics, infection and immunity, cellular and molecular medicine and mammalian physiology. Final year units emphasise the molecular mechanisms of drug action and take you to the forefront of current research.

In your final year, formal lectures are replaced by seminars and tutorials and a fully integrated programme of activities develops your transferable personal and professional skills.

We use a wide variety of teaching approaches which are both traditional, including lectures, practical work and tutorials, and innovative. For example, our practical teaching is enhanced by self-directed learning using computer-assisted packages such as eBiolabs, our newly developed online dynamic lab manual.

This course is available for intercalation

More about Pharmacology

Find out more about studying Pharmacology at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Pharmacology
  • Understanding body function A 
  • Options from:
    • Anatomy
    • Biochemistry
    • Psychology
    • Biological chemistry
    • Understanding body function B 

Second year

  • Pharmacology of the nervous system
  • Pharmacology of body systems
  • Biomedical research employability and enterprise skills
  • Options from:
    • Neuroscience
    • Human anatomy
    • Neurophysiology
    • Developmental and cellular physiology of the specialised cell
    • Integrative physiology
    • Molecular genetics
    • or open unit, eg a modern language

Third year

  • Pharmacology of ion channels and synaptic transmission
  • Receptor signalling and non-drug therapies
  • Pharmacology of the nervous system
  • Research project
  • Concepts and skills.
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Typical offer for BSc Pharmacology - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB including Chemistry and one other science subject or Mathematics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABB including Chemistry and one other science subject or Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in any order in Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5, 5 in Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction, including 12 credits in chemistry and in another science, and 15 credits at Merit. Health and Social Care or Health Science may also be acceptable; please contact Admissions for guidance regarding your Access course's content.
BTEC offer DDD in Science including Distinction in science units, plus A-level Chemistry at grade B
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAABB and AH: AB to include Chemistry and one other science subject or Mathematics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall with 8 in Chemistry and one other science
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade B in Mathematics and two sciences; grade C in English Language. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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