For further details about teaching from September 2020 please visit your course or department page in the Offer Holder hub.

KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

Pharmacology iBSc

Apply now


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.

  • One-year programme leading to intercalated BSc

  • Strong focus on research and laboratory skills

  • One of the UK's best graduate employment rates

  • 95.7% student satisfaction across whole department (National Student Survey 2019)

  • 100% student satisfaction for BSc Pharmacology programme (NSS, 2019)
  • 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

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



Explore campuses

Welcome to King's

In the heart of London

Discover the advantages of studying at one of the top 25 universities in the world and take a look at our central London campuses.

Watch more videos

Course detail


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 2019, Pharmacology and Therapeutics was rated 95.7% 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.


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




Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.



Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include debates, oral presentations and project write-ups. Coursework contributes approximately 40% and examinations approximately 60% to your final mark.


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





Regulating body

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


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.



Year 1

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


Required Modules

You are required to take the following module:

  • Cell & Molecular Pharmacology (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)
  • Immuno-pharmacology of Inflammation (15 credits)
  • Experimental Immuno-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)
  • 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.


Next steps

View our undergraduate prospectus

Learn more about undergraduate degree programmes at King's. Download or view our prospectus in PDF format.

Download prospectus

View online

Sound like the course for you?

Apply now

Explore King’s

Accommodation Take a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses.
Student life Art, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricular Discover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London living With four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.