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Pharmacology Intercalated BSc

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Overview

The Pharmacology Intercalated BSc offers students already on medical degree courses the opportunity to achieve an additional specialist degree in just one year. The course will provide you with essential exposure to the development of drugs and their application in clinical practice. Through studying molecular, cellular and whole system techniques, you will gain an insight into the drug discovery process, and an appreciation of where new drugs are likely to come from. The Pharmacology Department at King’s includes world-renowned experts in a number of research fields including Parkinson’s disease, asthma, inflammation and cardiovascular pharmacology.

For more information, including details on how to apply, see our Intercalated BSc pages.

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

  • One-year programme leading to intercalated BSc

  • Strong focus on research and laboratory skills

  • One of the UK's best graduate employment rates

  • King’s College London is ranked 9th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018)

  • Option to take non-pharmacological modules from within the School of Bioscience Education

Key information

UCAS code N/A

Duration One year

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King’s College London

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Course detail

Description

This one-year course offers an accelerated programme of learning covering the development and testing of therapeutic drugs and their clinical application.

Pharmacologists play an important role in discovering these new drugs and conducting preclinical research to assess their efficacy.

Clinical pharmacology is key to translating these discoveries into new treatments for patients so that they can benefit from improvements in drug efficacy and side effect profile.

Our course offers a wide range of options and you are strongly encouraged to undertake an experimental project. We offer a variety of projects, principally in the fields of inflammation, smooth muscle pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology and receptor pharmacology. ‘Project Design in Pharmacology’ is a non-laboratory based project in which you develop a proposal for the development of a novel medicine. There are also a wide range of library projects.

Members of the Pharmacology Department at King’s include world-renowned experts in a number of research fields including Parkinson’s disease, asthma, inflammation and cardiovascular pharmacology. We have close links with pharmaceutical companies some of whose staff contribute to teaching on a number of our courses. In addition, several members of staff hold senior positions within the British Pharmacological Society.

In the National Student Survey 2018, Pharmacology was rated 94% for overall student satisfaction.

On completion of your intercalated Pharmacology BSc, you will have developed a richer understanding of how pharmacology plays a central role in the development of drugs designed to alleviate suffering and enhance the quality of life of your patients.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical work. The programme also requires a significant element of self-study.


Course Stage

Percentage of Time in Scheduled
Learning and Teaching Activities

Percentage of Time in
Guided Independent Study

Percentage of Time
on Placements

Intercalated year

23%

77%

-

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

 

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.

Course stage

Percentage of Assessment by Written Exams

Percentage of Assessment by Practical Exams

Percentage of Assessment
by Coursework

Intercalated year

29%

5%

66%

 

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the the Office for Students. 

Location

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.

See our full list of intercalated courses here.

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

 

Required Modules

You are required to take 30 credits from the following modules:

  • Cell & Molecular Pharmacology (30 credits)

  • Cellular Basis of Drug Dependence (30 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Drug Safety & Toxicology (30 credits)

  • Pharmacology Library Project (15 credits)

  • 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)

  • Project Design in Pharmacology (30 credits)

  • Pharmacology Research Project (30 credits)

  • Extended Pharmacology Research Project (45 credits)

 

Since drug discovery involves experimental studies, and to fully appreciate what Pharmacology has to offer, we strongly advise you to choose at least one module that involves some experimental work, especially if you decide not to take an experimental research project.

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

Entry requirements

 

Further information and other requirements

Please see the Intercalated BSc Entry Requirements page.

Selection procedure

Application deadline:  
King's students:  27th January 2020 
Non-King's students: 2nd March 2020  

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/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Alternative venue examination fees

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies

  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions

  • Graduation costs

  • Library fees and fines

  • Personal photocopies

  • Printing course handouts

  • Society membership fees

  • Stationery

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Please see the Intercalated BSc Fees & Funding page.

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.


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