BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology and Physiology with Integrated Foundation Year

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The Foundation Year

  • Is the introductory component of the undergraduate programme BSc in Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Includes a taught course which is work related
  • Offers an opportunity to develop and embed key academic and employability skills
  • Is divided into sections. Students who complete sections will be awarded academic credits for the work done
  • Takes into consideration prior learning, for which academic credit can also be given
  • Provides a route into a number of honours degree programmes
  • Involves employers in their design and review.

The Foundation Year equips students with the appropriate knowledge and experience to allow them to enter the BSc in Pharmacology and Physiology undergraduate degree programme (without appropriate entry qualifications) directly into year one at Medway School of Pharmacy.
Students will be accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and each application will be considered individually.


The ‘Foundation Year involves a combination of

i- formal lecture-based learning
ii- laboratory practicals to complement material taught in lectures and to emphasise key principles with practical demonstrations
iii- seminar-based question and answer sessions to facilitate in-depth understanding of key concepts.

In addition to time-tabled direct contact learning sessions, there will also be a variety of self-learning components including managed student centred learning (MSCL) exercises and the availability of computer aided learning (CAL) software to further solidify student understanding. Throughout the programme there will be a strong emphasis on both laboratory research, and employability.


Students in the Foundation Year will take modules worth total of 120 credits. These credits will be obtained by passing the module assessments. Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination to produce an overall percentage grade and specific module marks. It is these marks, combined with the 120 credits that are taken into consideration when determining progression onto an Honours course. All applicants will have access to full University learning and support facilities, for example, the library, student union and student support.

More Information

The video below from the British Pharmacological Society provides an introduction to the science of pharmacology.

General Information

Award: BSc, BSc (Hons)
Length: 4 years including the Foundation Year
Places: 20
Location: Medway School of Pharmacy, Chatham Maritime, Kent
Fees: £9,250 for home / EU students, or £16,974 for overseas students
UCAS code: B210

Yearly fee increases

For students continuing on their courses, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated. Where fees are regulated (such as by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills or Research Council UK) they will be increased by an amount up to the permitted increase.

Other Costs

New students will be subject to a number of small mandatory costs at the start of their course of around £50 in total.

  • We ask that all students purchase lab coats, safety glasses and a notebook at a cost price of £18.
  • Our students use an 'audience-response' device to enable them to participate at lectures and workshops for which we charge a £35 refundable deposit.

For enquires please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Vladimir Gubala (e-mail; tel +44 (0)1634 202 952)

How To Apply

Applications for this course are made through UCAS.

Foundation Stage

Scientific Writing & Communication (15 credits)
Mathematics for Life Sciences (15 credits)
Introduction to Chemistry (15 credits)
Introduction to Biology (15 credits)
Basic Laboratory Skills (15 credits)
Drugs & Diseases (15 credits)
Biochemistry (15 credits)
Introduction to Pharmacology (15 credits)

Stage 1

Physiology and Pharmacology (30 credits)
Cell Biology and Biochemistry (30 credits)
Medicinal Products (30 credits)
Basic Laboratory Skills (15 credits)
Analytical Techniques in Pharmacology (15 credits)

Stage 2

Pharmacokinetics (15 credits; core)
Cardiovascular Respiratory and Renal Pharmacology (15 credits; core)
Immunopharmacology and Microbiology (15 credits; core)
Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology (15 credits; core)
Research Methods in Pharmacology (15 credits; core)
Neuropharmacology (15 credits; core)

Introduction to Toxicology (15 credits; elective)
Introduction to Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy (15 credits; elective)

Stage 3

Receptor Mechanisms and Molecular Pharmacology (15 credits; core)
Clinical Pharmacology (15 credits; core)
Professional Skills in Pharmacology (15 credits; core)
Drug Discovery and Development (15 credits; core)
Pharmacology Physiology Project (30 credits; core)

Advanced Neuropharmacology (15 credits; elective)
Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology (15 credits; elective)

Stage 2 and Stage 3 module marks contribute to the degree classification in the ratio 30% Stage 2 : 70% Stage 3. For students who undertake the sandwich year placement, Stage 2 and Stage 3 module marks contribute to the degree classification in the ratio 30% Stage 2 : 10% Sandwich Year: 60% Stage 3.To be eligible for an honours degree in Pharmacology and Physiology students must obtain 360 credits of which at least 210 credits are at level I or above including at least 90 credits at level H. A degree without honours will be awarded where students achieve 300 credits with at least 150 credits at level I or above including at least 60 credits at level H.

Entry Criteria

Applications for this course will be welcomed from mature students, who have previously not studied science but wish to take a new career direction and students who have been disadvantaged during their secondary education or have non-traditional qualifications. We will welcome applications from NVQ Level 3 qualified Pharmacy Technicians who have successfully completed ACCESS courses in an appropriate subject (e.g. science).

The following are the typical routes of entry into the BSc (Hons) in Physiology and Pharmacology with Integrated Foundation Year programme, but note that every application will be considered on an individual basis, and no particular route is preferred above the others:

School/College leavers who have reached 17 years on admission taking A/AS Levels

Normally with a minimum of 72 UCAS tariff points (including BTEC QCFBED).

A levels Biology and Chemistry preferred, plus GCSE Maths and English Language grade 4 or above.

Scottish Higher

BB at Advanced Higher with preference for Biology and/or Chemistry or one other pure science based subject and BB at Higher Level in two additional subjects; and relevant qualifications in English language and maths.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade H4 in three subjects and H5 in two subjects at Higher level. In addition we require grades 03 in both English and Maths at Ordinary level.

EU Students

International baccalaureate: offers normally in the range 26 to 30 points (12 to 14 at higher level, preferably in sciences (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics).

European baccalaureate: Applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Mature and overseas students

The Medway School of Pharmacy welcomes students with vocational qualifications and/or relevant work experience, and will continue to judge each student on his/her individual merits.

All applicants will be considered on a case-by case basis and all candidates will be interviewed before being offered a place on the course. Overseas applicants with qualifications obtained in their home country will be judged on merit on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Tutor in consultation with the admissions tutor and/or admissions manager.

UCAS Application code: B210

For any enquires, admissions or otherwise, please contact Pharmacy Admissions

What can you do with a pharmacology degree?

here are a variety of career paths and opportunities available to pharmacology graduates.  The scientific skills learnt within a pharmacology degree make graduates attractive to a wide range of employers. Pharmacology, with its long association with the pharmaceutical industry, can help to prepare graduates for jobs within pharmaceutical and drug discovery companies. Pharmacology graduates have played a significant role in the pharmaceutical industry and have been integral to drug discovery and development. The sandwich year in industry, following the second year of the BSc, will also serve to further hone the skills gained in the first two years and help students to develop new skills that will be attractive to potential employers. Outside of the academic or industrial lab, the skills that pharmacology graduates have are welcome in fields such as drug regulation, teaching, pharmaceutical  marketing, scientific writing and journalism.

Many students upon completing the BSc could continue into further education by studying for an MSc, MRes or a PhD.  The pharmacology degree can also be can be used to apply for graduate entry to study medicine or dentistry. However, the pharmacology degree is not a qualification to be a pharmacist, which would require a pharmacy degree (MPharm).

Sandwich Year (optional)

The BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology and Physiology will also have sandwich year option which will involve placement in an industrial or academic research laboratory. The placement will normally begin following the second year. During your placement, you will have the opportunity to put into practice skills you have acquired during your first two years of the programme, as well as acquire new skills that would enhance your future employability. Industrial or academic placements can be competitive to obtain, and it is the student’s responsibility to apply and secure a placement if this option is chosen. However, the experience that you gain from a placement will make you a very competitive candidate for jobs after graduation.

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