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This Pharmacology degree explores the fascinating ways in which drugs act on the body. You will learn how medicines act to cure or relieve a number of diseases as well as how drugs of abuse produce their effects on the body.
You will study pharmacology in depth, including the current topics and innovations in the sector. You will also study aspects of normal physiology as well as changes that occur in the body as a result of disease processes. This will enable you to understand the interactions between the body and drugs.
Why choose this course?
100% of our students said that they were satisfied with our BSc (Hons) Pharmacology course (National Student Survey 2017).
Our staff have expertise in the fields of physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience. They are actively engaged in research into the mechanisms involved in the consequences of:
This is a highly applied course in which practical work plays a major role. You will develop the scientific skills that industry employers are looking for.
What our students say
The study of drugs has always appealed to me. When I heard about the Pharmacology course here I just knew I had to do it. Being able to gain first-hand experience in labs is a huge strength, which allows us to put theory into practice. I am now able to design my own experiments, use the laboratory equipment with precision, write lab reports, work independently and with other colleagues, and ultimately gain a fundamental science knowledge.
It's pretty exciting studying Pharmacology at NTU. Every day is a surprise, you always learn new things and new skills. The staff are amazing and very helpful.
Dexter Mwashita, BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, Year Two
What you'll study
Who will teach me?
The biosciences team is, at once, widely interdisciplinary and strongly cohesive. This environment prepares our students well for careers in industry and academia and we continue to develop and welcome collaborations from universities and commercial organisations.
Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.
You will have the option to undertake a years' work placement in industry as well as a practical research project, in an area of pharmacology which is of most interest to you. You will be assessed throughout the year and will be required to write a reflective report and diary which also gets assessed at the end of your placement.
On completion of a successful placement, you will be eligible to receive a Diploma in Professional Practice.
Because of our ambitious research agenda and ongoing activities, students can expect to approach problems with the latest methods, including those used in industry.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
Introduction to Biochemistry
Study the key aspects of macromolecules, cell structure and function, and interrelationships in both practical and theoretical contexts.
Introduces levels of biological organisation from molecules to cells and ecosystems, providing a platform of knowledge and skills upon which other modules are developed.
Practical Techniques for Biology
Considers the principles of experimental design, data collection and analysis, including techniques in centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, microscopy and radiobiology.
Genetics and Immunology
Develops genetic concepts and introduces basic aspects of the immune system, including the molecules, cells and interactions involved.
Introduces the physiology of human organ systems (respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular, urinary, endocrine and muscular) and examines the process of homeostasis.
Introduction to Pharmacology
Considers the principles of how drugs work, including factors that affect the magnitude of the response to drugs, specificity of drug action, drug interactions and side effects of drugs.
Drugs of Addiction and Abuse
Develop an understanding of the use of drugs for non-medical purposes, including effects other than those desired by the users. It also introduces the legislation controlling the use of substances.
Considers disordered cellular and tissue physiology resulting from disease and drugs that can treat those diseases. You'll develop an understanding of health and common illnesses.
You'll look at the processes involved in maintaining normal physiology in renal, cardiovascular and nervous systems and how the same processes are affected by disease.
Chemotherapy of Cancer and Infections
Explore the concept of selective toxicity as applicable to the treatment of cancer and infections. You'll also consider the action of anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal drugs.
Antibody and DNA Technology
Introduces extraction, purification, probing, manipulation, amplification and sequencing of DNA and RNA and the expression of genetic sequences.
One module from:
Explore the functions of the different brain regions and neuronal cell types, and relate these to higher brain activities and neuronal function.
Develops concepts of physiological control systems and demonstrates the link between changes in cellular and systemic function.
This is your optional work placement year.
Learn about drug development and the mode of action of selected drug types. You'll also look at diseases of the human endocrine system and the advances in cellular and molecular techniques.
Current Topics in Pharmacology
Study recent advances and developments in pharmacology and the research techniques used to study molecular pharmacology.
Considers sources, types and mechanisms of action of selected natural and synthetic toxic chemicals. It also covers how toxicity can be assessed.
Project / Dissertation
You have the option of either completing a 40 credit point project / dissertation,
If your interests lie in a career in teaching or scientific journalism,you can take Communicating Science and Technology (which includes school placements) and a short dissertation.
One module from:
Current Topics in Neuroscience
Discusses current hot topics in molecular and cellular neuroscience, including learning and memory, stem cells, and the molecular basis of certain human neurological and psychiatric illnesses.
Current Topics in Physiology
Discuss advances in molecular, cellular and organ physiology and gain an appreciation of the research techniques used to study Physiology.
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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Careers and employability
Your career development
Our graduates usually seek research and development positions in the pharmaceutical and related industries including universities and hospitals.
They also work in non-laboratory based activities such as:
Many of our graduates also choose to study further on our Masters-level courses, MPhil and PhD research degrees.
Recent graduates are now working in the following roles:
Graduate salaries range from £16,000 - £30,000 per year.
Excellent placement opportunities
After the second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry, including overseas options. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. Many students impress their employers on placement and are offered jobs at the end of their course.
Recent Pharmacology and Bioscience students have secured placements in the following companies:
My studies greatly helped with my placement and vice versa. The experience I gained throughout the year has helped a great deal with my final year project.
Joanna Shaw, BSc (Hons) Pharmacology
Placement company - Pfizer
Notes about fees for this course
Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding pages.
Getting in touch
For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.
We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.
What are we looking for?
Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.
We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
If you are an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for this course, you can prepare for it at Nottingham Trent International College. Their Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (life sciences) offers students a guaranteed progression route to this degree on successful completion to the required level.
English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.
Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.
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