BSc (Hons) Pharmacology

Pharmacologists play a vital role in the discovery and development of new medicines that benefit human and animal health.

This programme involves a high proportion of practical work, including a five-day practical molecular biology workshop that brings together theory and practice, to equip you with the laboratory skills employers need. You will gain an understanding of how the body works, what goes wrong in disease and how drugs can be used to manage these diseased states.

The successful UK drug industry employs 70,000 people and generates a further 250,000 jobs in related industries. In Scotland, the expansion of health-related industries and the biotechnology sector means that demand for graduates in this area currently outstrips supply.

Your career

Career options include research in an academic environment, hospitals and government laboratories or in the pharmaceutical industry.

Other career paths include teaching, management, medical sales, information science and the Forensic Science Service. Another option is to continue your studies to PhD level, opening up further career opportunities.

Year 1

Chemistry, Cells and Biomolecules,Physiology 1 & 2, Core Skills in Biosciences 1.

Year 2

Introduction to Microbiology, Mechanisms of Cellular Regulation, Core Skills in Biosciences 2, Immunology, Pathophysiology, Fundamental Cell Biology, Practical Skills for Biomolecular Sciences.

Year 3

Molecular Diagnostics, Fundamentals of Drug Action, Systematic and Cellular Pathology, Cellular Signalling and Trafficking, Pharmacology of Chemical Mediators, Novel Therapies and Cell Technologies, Experimental Design and Analysis, Option: Placement.

Year 4

Biology of Disease, Pharmacology: Special Topics, Neuropharmacology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics, Project and Workshops (double module).

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Clearing 2020

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Study Options

  • 2020/21

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
B210
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
B210
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 17 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBB (incl Chemistry, one other Science and English/essay-based subject) Int 2/Nat 5: B (Maths/English/Biology/Human Biology)
Minimum entry requirement*: BBCC (incl Chemistry, one other Science and English/essay-based subject) Int 2/Nat 5: B (Maths/English/Biology/Human Biology)
A level: BBC (incl Chemistry) GCSE: B/6 (Biology, Double Science, English and Maths)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 (incl Chemistry, English/essay-based subject and one other Science) O2: (English, Maths and Biology)
IB Diploma: 28 points (incl Chemistry) SL: 5 (Biology)
BTEC: DMM Ext Dip (incl Chemistry and Biology) GCSE: BB/66 (Double Science) GCSE: B/6 (English and Maths)
SWAP: Science - BBB
College HNC: Relevant subject - graded unit B (incl sufficient coverage of Chemistry)

Year 2
A level: ABB (incl Chemistry, Biology and Maths) GCSE: B/6 (English)
College HNC: 15 credit HNC in relevant science subject - graded unit A (incl Genetics and DNA Structure/Physiology unit)

Year 3
College HND: Relevant subject - graded units AB (incl Genetics and DNA Structure/Physiology)

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 (or equivalent)

Additional information

International pathways

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

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Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.





The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.