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Gain a sound understanding of the biological action of drugs and chemicals, the way they work at the molecular, cellular and systems level and their use in medicines to treat disease. Ideal for careers in the pharmaceutical industry, biomedical research or graduate entry into medicine. Conversion onto BSc Pharmacology with Extramural Year or MSci Pharmacology or Integrative Physiology & Pharmacology for Research programmes is possible.
UCAS code B210
Duration Three years (or four years with optional extramural year or conversion to MSci Integrated Pharmacology & Physiology for Research)
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Department Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Chemistry and Biology
Physics and Maths
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
A-levels: AAB to include Chemistry and Biology.
Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study of Maths or Physics also preferred.GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.
Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.
Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.
Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.
Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAABB at Higher, and AB at Advanced Higher in Chemistry and Biology.
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.
Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.
General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.
Are interviews offered? Yes. Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.
Pharmacology is the science concerned with the study of drugs and how they act. This includes the search for new drugs, investigations into how they can best be used to treat disease, and their effects on the body.
The aim of the Pharmacology BSc degree programme is to produce scientists with a sound understanding of the biological action of drugs and chemicals, the way they work at the molecular, cellular and systems level and their use in medicines for the treatment of disease. It thus provides an ideal grounding for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or general biomedical research and for graduate entry to Medicine. However, the transferrable skills acquired, including data gathering, analysis and interpretation, presentation skills and team-work prepare you for graduate careers with a wide range of public and private sector employers.
This programme forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year one’ programmes within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise: Anatomy, Development & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Having successfully completed year one, students can change to any other programme within this suite. Students can also apply to transfer to one of our 4 Year MSci programmes: Biochemistry MSci; Human Physiology MSci; Neuroscience MSci; Pharmacology MSci; Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research MSci.
In year two, Pharmacology becomes the main focus of study. In the final year, in addition to learning up-to-date information in a wide range of specialist pharmacological areas, students can also work in one of our state-of-the art research laboratories investigating exciting topics as diverse as the regulation of intracellular messengers in single cells, the effects of novel drugs in animal models of disease or the effects of drugs on human guinea pigs.
Teaching takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The emphasis gradually shifts from supported learning and help in adjusting to university life towards self-directed learning.
To see a breakdown of the time spent in lectures, seminars or similar for this course, and the methods students are assessed by, please visit the Unistats website.
The study time and assessment methods detailed on the Unistats website are typical and give a good indication of what to expect, however overall teaching and assessment methods vary by module. Our students have access to a module database at the beginning of each year which details the teaching and assessment methods for each module.
Faculty teaching staff generally have a minimum PhD qualification. Post graduate research students studying towards a PhD in a relevant discipline will on occasions assist in the delivery of teaching sessions, for example by acting as demonstrators in practical classes or leading revision tutorial sessions.
This programme conforms to the Higher Education Credit Framework for England. During an academic year students will study 120 credits, equating to 1200 notional hours of learning.
Core teaching takes place at Guy’s and Waterloo campuses. Depending on optional modules chosen, teaching may also take place at other London campuses of the university.
The School of Bioscience Education offers students unrivalled education resources, including modern, well-funded teaching facilities. You can read more about specialist facilities on the School of Bioscience Education webpages.
For information on university-wide facilities, such as libraries and student services, on our Facilities & Support webpages.
Students have the opportunity to study abroad for their full second year (applicants may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for the partner university). Partner institutions currently include:
The University of Melbourne, Australia
National University of Singapore
The University of California
The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
You can find out more on our Study Abroad webpages.
During year 2 students may also apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected, and therefore extending their degree programme by a year. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Placements, either in the UK or overseas, may be in a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute. Programmes incorporating the extra-mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Placement companies and establishments in the past have included:
The Pharmacology BSc with Extra Mural Year is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Degree accreditation by the Royal Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience. In recognition of the period of practice, a graduate of an accredited programme can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Member (MRSB) level after just one year of practice, rather than the usual three years. This will allow these graduates to attain the qualifications of Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist two years sooner than graduates from other degree programmes.
Integrated Pharmacology & Physiology for Research MSci
Please find below an indication of what modules will be offered. King’s College London reviews its modules on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change. Please check here for updates.
Graduates from the School of Bioscience Education are equipped with a variety of transferable skills including data gathering, analysis and interpretation, presentation skills and teamwork. Our graduates are well-qualified to undertake a wide range of careers or training for a higher degree such as an MSc or PhD.
Further careers information for prospective students is available on our Careers & Employability webpages.
"The lecturers are fantastic with a vast knowledge of the subjects, options of a year in industry and a great support network to aid in finding job experience."
"Originally, I applied for Medicine but got an offer for Pharmacology instead. I decided to take it and do not regret it in the slightest. The course is hard work but also very interesting and I much prefer the work I am doing now."
"I chose King's based on the experience I had when attending an Open Day at the School of Biomedical & Health Sciences. I liked the atmosphere at Guy’s Campus and found the lecturers to be very informative and the students were warm and sociable."
In the heart of London
Professor Sue Brain talks about the Pharmacology programme at King's College London.
Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
£21,750 p.a. (2016/17)**
For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.
*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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