Pharmacology is the study of the action of drugs in the widest possible sense, encompassing many different types of chemicals that affect the functioning of the body, not just medicines.

Pharmacology at Bristol is focused on the action of drugs in the nervous system which are used to treat disorders such as epilepsy, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease, as well as cardiovascular disorders.

You will be taught by world-class academics in our excellent facilities.

Why study Pharmacology at Bristol?

Pharmacology brings together physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and neuroscience. You will learn what drugs are, how they work and what they do. You will experience the approaches used to design and develop new drugs by investigating the effects of substances on single cells, organs and the whole body.

A dynamic online lab manual, eBiolabs, will enhance your practical experience.

The final year of our pharmacology courses is research driven and allows you to undertake a supervised research project using the expertise of our academic staff.

The MSci degree includes the opportunity for an assessed year of study in a major pharmaceutical or research organisation either in the UK or abroad.

International students who are offered a place on courses within the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience can apply for an Undergraduate International Scholarship.

Download the Pharmacology leaflet (PDF, 202kB)

What kind of student would this course suit?

Pharmacology suits those with a keen interest in how drugs work through interactions with receptors and the subsequent effects on cells and the body.

You will have, or want to develop, the ability to investigate aspects of pharmacology from literature and have an interest in developing skills in experimentation and the analysis of data.

How is this course taught and assessed?

For each of the first two years you will normally have nine lectures a week, supplemented by up to nine hours of practical work, depending on the units chosen.

You will have tutorials regularly, which provide guidance in communication skills and problem solving.

In the final year formal lectures are replaced by seminars and you will spend a total of 30 days on a research project.

You will be assessed via coursework, including regular online assessments and written assignments, as well as end-of-unit exams.

What are my career prospects?

A degree in pharmacology offers you a variety of rewarding career opportunities. Pharmacology will help you develop skills valued by employers, such as data handling and communication skills.

The majority of pharmacology graduates go on to further their education in PhD, PGCE or MSc studies. Approximately 20 per cent of graduates enter employment in the pharmaceutical or similar industries to pursue research or related careers. Other popular routes include financial services, the civil service and the NHS.

Read more about what students from pharmacology go on to do after graduation.


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