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.

Study Options

  • 2019/20

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
B210
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2020/21

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

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UCAS

 

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
B210
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1

SQA Higher: BBBB including Chemistry, one other science and essay-based subject such as English, History or Modern Studies plus Maths/English/Biology or Human Biology at Int 2/Nat 5 B

A level: BBC including Chemistry plus GCSE English and two further Sciences at B/6, or GCSE BB/66 Dual Award

ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 including Chemistry at Higher plus English (or essay-based subject) plus 1 other science, plus Ordinary level English, Maths and Biology at 02

IB Diploma: 28 points including Chemistry at Higher level and Biology at Standard Level grade 5

BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject including Chemistry and Biology at DMM plus GCSE Double Science at BB is essential in addition to GCSE English and Maths

College HNC: Relevant subject which must include Genetics with B in graded units and sufficient coverage of chemistry.

SWAP: Science programme at BBB.

Foundation Apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Year 2

A level: ABB in Chemistry, Biology and Maths, plus GCSE English at B/6

College HNC: 15 credit HNC in relevant science subject (must include Genetics and DNA Structure/Physiology unit) with A in graded unit

Year 3

College HND: Relevant subject with AB in graded units

Additional information

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

International pathways

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

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

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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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 £2.5 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.