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Overview

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 course also features options to study abroad, or extend to a four- year MSci with Professional Placement Year.

Studying a Biomedical Science degree with us means that you will be able to enjoy the flexibility to choose your degree after your first year with our Common Year One curriculum. All Biomedical Science disciplines are covered in the first year, making the decision for your future an informed one.

You will be able to choose from the following Biomedical science degrees; Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology BScBiochemistry BScBiochemistry MSciBiomedical Science BScMedical Physiology BScMolecular Genetics BScMolecular Genetics MSciNeuroscience BScNeuroscience MSci, and Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics BSc.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • King’s College London is ranked 9th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).
  • 94 per cent student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018).
  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers.
  • Close links with pharmaceutical companies
  • Europe’s largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education.
  • One of the UK’s best graduate employment rates.
  • Flexible options to tailor your degree through overseas study, or switching to a four-year MSci Pharmacology with Professional Placement Year

Key information

UCAS code B210

Duration Three years (or four years with MSci with Professional Placement Year)

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Locations

 

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Course detail

Description

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 course 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 course forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year 1’ course 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 course within this suite.

In Year 2, Pharmacology becomes the main focus of study. You can also choose to study abroad during Year 2 or apply to transfer onto a four-year MSci programme with a professional placement year in industry or academia. In your final year, as well as deepening your understanding of 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.  

Teaching

Teaching on this course 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.

Course stage

Percentage of time in scheduled learning & teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on placements

Year 1

 25%

 75%

-

Year 2

 25%

 75%

-

Year 3

 23%

 77%

-

 Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations and practical observation.

Course stage

Percentage of assessment by written exams

Percentage of assessment by practical exams

Percentage of assessment by coursework

Year 1

78%

5%

17%

Year 2

52%

8%

40%

Year 3

55%

8%

37%

If you choose an extra-mural placement this will be assessed through a written dissertation and a poster presentation which will be deemed equivalent to 60 credits at level 6 (the normal level of year 3 study).

Studying abroad 

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, which currently include:

  • The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden
  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • National University of Singapore
  • The University of California
  • The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option.

Extra-mural year

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.courses incorporating the extra-mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Placement companies and establishments in the past have included

  • CIB (Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas), Madrid
  • Eli Lilly & Company Ltd
  • GlaxoSmithKline Co. Durham / Stevenage / Uxbridge
  • Huntingdon Life Sciences Limited
  • Imanova Ltd, Imperial College
  • Life Science Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Medical Research Council Technology
  • MRC National Institute for Medical Research
  • Novartis Switzerland / UK / USA
  • NUS Singapore
  • OSI Prosidion Limited
  • Pfizer
  • Pneumolabs UK Limited, Stevenage
  • St George’s, University of London
  • UCB
  • William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary’s University London
  • Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases (CARD), King’s College London

Integrated Pharmacology & Physiology for Research MSci

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.

Course accreditation

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 course 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 courses.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Location

This course is primarily taught at our King’s College London Guy’s and Waterloo Campus, 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.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 360 credits.

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.

Required Modules
  • Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Chemistry for the Biosciences (15 credits)
  • Genetics & Molecular Biology (15 credits)
  • Cell Biology & Neuroscience (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Physiology & Anatomy (30 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Skills for the Biosciences (15 credits)

 

 

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Year 2

Required Modules
  • Drugs & Disease B (30 credits)
  • Drug Discovery & Development (15 credits)
  • Physiology & Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System (15 credits)
  • Research Skills in Pharmacology (30 credits)

 

 

Optional Modules

You will then select 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Animal Models of Disease and Injury (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology & Reproduction (15 credits)
  • Tissue Pathology (15 credits)
  • Psychology (15 credits)
  • Gene Cloning & Expression A (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

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. Courses incorporating the extra-mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology

 

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take one of the following modules:

  • Cell & Molecular Pharmacology (30 credits)
  • Cellular Basis of Drug Dependence (30 credits)

 You are also required to take one of the following options:

  • Pharmacology Research Project (30 credits)
  • Pharmacology Library Project (15 credits)
  • Project Design in Pharmacology  (30 credits)
  • Extended Pharmacology Research Project (45 credits)

 

 

Optional Modules

Take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120, from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Experimental Cardiovascular Pharmacology (30 credits)
  • Pharmacology of Inflammation (15 credits)
  • Experimental Pharmacology of Inflammation (30 credits)
  • Pharmacology of Neurological & Psychiatric Disorders (15 credits)
  • Drug Safety & Toxicology (30 credits)

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 during the project up to a maximum of £2,000

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

 

A-Level 

AAB

including Chemistry and Biology 

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A 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. 

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

D: 33 credits (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology)

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science (or similar subject) 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 12 Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U

D3 D3 M2

including Chemistry and Biology.

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered. 

Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted by King’s as one of your Pre-U Principal subjects.

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.
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 Highers

and

AB in Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Highers

 Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate  35 points  including 6,6,5 at Higher Level with HL Chemistry and HL Biology. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Non academic requirements

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-curricular 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.

Interviewing

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.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £25,500 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, 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.

 

 Additional costs

If you choose to study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King’s tuition fees. At present these are as follows:

• Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
• Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King’s tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

• books if you choose to buy your own copies
• college approved calculator for exams (Casio fx83 or fx85)
• clothing for optional course related events and competitions
• library fees and fines
• personal photocopies
• printing course handouts
• society membership fees
• stationery
• graduation costs
• travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Research project co-ordinators
  • Food scientists
  • Company managers
  • Business analysts
  • Scientific copy editors

Others have continued to study in medicine, dentistry and other related fields including pharmaceutical sciences, cardiovascular pharmacology and biomedical research.

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