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Our Pharmacology BSc will give you a sound understanding of the biological action of drugs and chemicals, the way they work at the molecular, cellular and systems levels and their use in medicines to treat disease. This course is an ideal foundation for careers in the pharmaceutical industry, biomedical research or graduate entry into medicine. The programme also features options to study abroad, undertake work placement or extend to a four-year MSci.
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
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.
NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.
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. 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.
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: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).
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. 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 of drugs and how they act, including the search for new drugs, investigations into how they can best be used to treat disease, and their effects on the body. Our wide-ranging Pharmacology BSc programme has been designed to give you 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 is an ideal grounding for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or general biomedical research and for graduate entry to Medicine. However, the course will also equip you with a range of transferrable skills, including data gathering, analysis and interpretation, presentation and team-work that are recognised and valued by employers in both the public and private sector across a variety of industries.
This programme forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year one’ programmes within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Once you have successfully completed year one, you can choose to switch to any other programme within this suite.
In year two, Pharmacology becomes the main focus of study. In your final year, as well as deepening your understanding of a specialist pharmacological areas, you can also work in one of our state-of-the art research laboratories, investigating a diverse range of exciting topics including regulation of intracellular messengers in single cells, the effects of novel drugs in animal models of disease or the effects of drugs on human subjects.
In year two you may also choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, or to undertake an extra-mural or work placement, usually at a leading biomedicine employer.
Alternatively, after the ‘Common Year One’ programme, you can apply to transfer to one of our four-year MSci programmes: Biochemistry MSci; Neuroscience MSci; Pharmacology MSci. In year three you can apply to transfer to the four-year Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research MSci.
Teaching on this programme takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research and writing assignments.
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You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations and practical observation.
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If you choose an extra-mural placement this will be assessed through a written dissertation and a poster presentation and which will be deemed equivalent to 60 credits at level 6 (the normal level of year 3 study).
In recognition of its focus on research and academic excellence, our Pharmacology with extra-mural year BSc has been given Degree Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Graduates 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 you to attain the qualifications of Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist two years earlier than graduates from other degree programmes.
King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England
This course is taught at our Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses, both on the South Bank of the Thames, putting you at the heart of everything London has to offer in terms of academic resources and also close to its social and entertainment attractions.
Other related courses:
You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, which currently include:
You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option.
Alternatively, you may apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected. 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.
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During year three you can apply to transfer to the four-year MSci Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research, on which you will be required to take a 90-credit research project usually at an external industrial provider within the UK during your fourth year.
A contribution by the university is given to cover additional living costs during the project up to a maximum of £2,000.
This is a three-year course based on a combination of required and optional modules. Each year you will study modules to a total of 120 credits. We review our 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.
There are options to switch to any other course in the Bioscience suite or to a four-year MSci after year one. You can also choose to study abroad during year two or take an extra-mural year in industry or academia.
There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.
You will then select 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:
You are required to take one of the following modules:
You are also required to take one of the following options:
You will then take optional modules to bring their total credits for the year to 120 from a list that may typically include:
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.
Recent graduates have found employment as:
Others have continued to study in medicine, dentistry and other related fields including pharmaceutical sciences, cardiovascular pharmacology and biomedical research.
"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 UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£22,800 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
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