Program Overview

If you love performing experiments in high-tech labs and want to study alongside researchers who are doing important work to understand how diseases such as Covid-19 spread and evolve, this BSc (Hons) Pharmacology degree is for you.


Pharmacology is the study of drugs and how they affect living systems. Using specialist facilities, you'll deepen your chemistry and biology knowledge as you study how drugs – such as painkillers, antibiotics and even caffeine – alter the body. 


You'll set yourself for a fulfilling career working in an industry that improves the lives of millions of people. You could work in areas such as new drug development, medical writing, regulatory affairs and pharmaceutical marketing.


Course highlights

  • Explore the latest techniques and methods for diagnosing and treating diseases
  • Investigate how cells communicate with each other and why people's bodies respond differently to the same drugs
  • Look at how new medicines are developed, tested and launched
  • Enhance your CV on a laboratory-based work experience module and on a sandwich year in industry (subject to successful applications)
  • Have the opportunity to do summer research placement at one of our partner universities overseas

PortsmouthUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 18,300




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Year 1


Core modules in this year include:


  • Cells to Systems – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Formulation – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology – 20 credits
  • Key Skills – 20 credits
  • Laboratory Skills and Analytical Techniques – 20 credits
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry – 20 credits


There are no optional modules in this year.


Year 2


Core modules in this year include:


  • Biomedical Toolbox – 20 credits
  • Immunology, Inflammatory Diseases & Infective Organisms – 20 credits
  • Neuroscience, Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology – 20 credits
  • Pharmacokinetics & Data Analysis – 20 credits
  • Pharmacology Tutorials Level 5– 0 credits
  • Respiratory, Renal & Cardiovascular Pharmacology – 20 credits


Optional modules in this year include:


  • Business for Biosciences – 20 credits
  • Enzymes and Metabolism – 20 credits
  • Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits

Placement Year (Optional)


On this course, you can apply to do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in the pharmaceutical industry.


We'll help you find work placement opportunities that fit your situation and ambitions. If you successfully secure a placement, you’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.


Year 3


Core modules in this year include:


  • Antimicrobial and Antineoplastic Agents – 20 credits
  • Cellular & Molecular Drug Targets – 20 credits
  • Drug Development & Clinical Pharmacology – 20 credits
  • Neuropharmacology – 20 credits
  • Pharmacology Tutorials Level 6 – 0 credits


Optional modules in this year include:


  • Research Based Work Experience – 40 credits
  • Project – 40 credits

Typical offers


  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112-128 from A levels, or equivalent, to include Biology plus a second Science subject or Mathematics. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 30–31

English language requirements
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Tuition fees (2022 start)


  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

From the medicines in your bathroom cabinet to the drug combinations used to treat cancer, the work of pharmacologists plays a crucial role in society. So there's always demand for pharmacology graduates.


What can you do with a pharmacology degree?
With your degree in pharmacology, you could start a career in any part of the pharmaceutical industry, including:

  1. drug development and testing
  2. medical writing
  3. marketing and sales
  4. regulatory affairs

You could specialise in a particular area of pharmacology, such as:

  • cardiovascular pharmacology
  • psychopharmacology
  • neuropharmacology
  • animal pharmacology


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