BSc (Hons) Pharmacology Pathway

GCU Pathways

Pathway students enrol on the undergraduate BSc Hons Pharmacology at Glasgow Caledonian University. In the first two years, they study HND Applied Biological Sciences at Glasgow Kelvin College while preparing for year 3 and 4 (for Honours) of the degree at GCU.

BSc (Hons) Pharmacology graduates enjoy excellent career prospects as pharmacologists in healthcare, policy, research, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Choose the pharmacology college pathway if:

  • you are interested in pharmacology and drug development
  • you want to play a key role in the development of new medicines
  • you enjoy learning in a hands-on practical way
  • you work best with lots of interaction from lecturing staff
  • you like working towards clear goals with a sense of achievement at the end of each year of study.
Although you are a student enrolled on BSc Hons Pharmacology programme at Glasgow Caledonian students, years 1 and 2 of the programme will take place at Glasgow Kelvin College.

The first 2 years will involve you working towards achieving an HND in Applied Biological Sciences and the subjects you study will underpin the teaching at Glasgow Caledonian University in year 3 and 4 of the degree. Pharmacology plays a key role in the development of new medicines.

You will learn how the body works, and how drugs can be used to manage disease states. Our degree provides a comprehensive education in pharmacology and all students have the opportunity to proceed to Honours without further selection.

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Pharmacologists are responsible for the wide range of drugs that are available for the management of human disease. This Pharmacology degree has been developed from the long-established and respected Applied Biosciences degree.

The content of this programme has been designed to follow the guidelines set out by the British Pharmacological Society, the lead body for pharmacology professionals. Lecturing staff combine a depth of teaching experience with knowledge gained from cutting-edge research to provide you with an excellent learning environment and a broad education in pharmacology.

Moreover, this degree encompasses a large proportion of practical work, which ensures that our graduates develop the laboratory skills sought by employers. A distinctive and important feature of the degree is that all students who successfully complete each year of the programme are eligible to proceed to the Honours degree, should they wish to, without further selection.

Learning groups are deliberately kept small and this, together with an "open door policy" operated by staff, is aimed at creating a friendly learning environment where support is always available.

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

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date




BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Aug 2020
Multiple Locations
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years Aug 2020 Multiple Locations Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher: BB or equivalent plus Chemistry, Biology, English and Maths National 5 (minimum B)

Please note: Pathway courses are for Scottish domiciled applicants only.

Progression criteria

Progress to year 3 with HND Applied Biological Sciences with AB in the graded units.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

English language

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

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

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

Tuition fees 2019/20

College-based: tbc
GCU-based: £1820 

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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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.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

Completing our degree will give you a surprisingly broad range of career opportunities.

On graduating, you can look forward to a fascinating career in teaching and research within an academic environment, hospitals and government laboratories or in the pharmaceutical industry, where the door is open to many lucrative career paths.

In Scotland, the expansion of job opportunities in the health-related industries and Biotechnology sector are currently outstripping the number of people graduating with degrees in these areas (Source: Scottish Enterprise). Graduate pharmacologists can take other career paths such as teaching, management and the Forensic Science Service.

Another option is to continue your studies to PhD level, opening up even more lucrative career opportunities.