StudyQA — Bachelor: Pharmacology and Physiology — University of Kent at Canterbury

Pharmacology and Physiology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14.9 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2023
StudyQA ranking:2176 Duration:36 months

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This new BSc (Hons) Pharmacology and Physiology programme (launching September 2014) will be taught as a classic full-time three-year programme or a four year programme incorporating an industrial placement.

This programme will offer:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of the scientific discipline of pharmacology and how these fundamental principles can be applied to the understanding of drug actions in the various physiological systems of the body.

  • A comprehensive understanding of how the scientific discipline of pharmacology is integral to the drug discovery and development process.

  • A detailed understanding of the variety of technical approaches and research strategies which underpin pharmacology and drug discovery.

  • A progression route to MSc or PhD study, or employment in the bioscience/pharmaceutical industry.

  • Teaching by research active experts in pharmacology, physiology and related scientific disciplines.

  • A substantial research project in an academic or industrial laboratory.

When you are applying for the BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology and Physiology degree, please apply to the Medway School of Pharmacy, UCAS institution code name MEDSP, institution code M62.

Independent rankings

In the National Student Survey 2013, Pharmacy was ranked 1st for student satisfaction. And Pharmacy at Kent was ranked 1st for graduate prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2014 with 100% of graduates in employment.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee

  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 14860 Year (Non-EEA)

Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Credits 360
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test

  • English

Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Duration: 3 years full-time or 4 years with a year in industry

Currently there is no course structure information available for this programme.

Foundation year

Programme structure

Stage 1

Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology (30 credits)

Introduction to Biosciences (30 credits)

Medicines Design and Manufacture (30 credits)

Basic Laboratory Skills (15 credits)

Analytical Techniques in Pharmacology (15 credits)

Stage 2

Pharmacokinetics (15 credits; core)

Cardiovascular Respiratory and Renal Pharmacology (15 credits; core)

Immunopharmacology and Microbiology (15 credits; core)

Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology (15 credits; core)

Research Methods in Pharmacology (15 credits; core)

Neuropharmacology (15 credits; core)

Introduction to Toxicology (15 credits; elective)

Introduction to Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy (15 credits; elective)

Stage 3

Receptor Mechanisms and Molecular Pharmacology (15 credits; core)

Clinical Pharmacology (15 credits; core)

Professional Skills in Pharmacology (15 credits; core)

Drug Discovery and Development (15 credits; core)

Pharmacology Physiology Project (30 credits; core)

Advanced Neuropharmacology (15 credits; elective)

Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology (15 credits; elective)

Find out more about the benefits of a Foundation Year.

Year in industry

Industry-based laboratory work experience will be open to students completing the year in industry which will entail working in an industrial laboratory research environment.

The principal laboratory activities will take place in an industrial laboratory. The placement will normally begin following the second year. During their placement, students will have the opportunity to put into practice skills they have acquired during their first two years of the programme, as well as acquire new skills that would enhance their future employability. The School will support the students in the application process to attain their placement for those students who have elected to undertake the the year in industry option. However it is the responsibility of the student to secure the placement. Students will maintain contact with their personal tutors during their year in industry.

Placements will normally be in a pharmaceutical/drug discovery company or government research institute. Students may work in the UK or abroad for their placement.


English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5


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  • You should have good aptitude and enthusiasm for science and scientific discovery.
  • You should be numerate and confident with mathematics.
  • You should have a willingness to develop the practical and intellectual skills needed to gain a full appreciation of the scientific discipline of pharmacology.
  • You should wish to obtain advanced scientific/laboratory training relevant to the scientific discipline of pharmacology or related scientific disciplines.
  • You may wish to undertake research project or placement in an industrial/pharmaceutical laboratory.

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement

  • A level:BBB preferably including Biology and Chemistry and C in Mathematics
  • Access to HE Diploma:The Medway School of Pharmacy welcomes students with vocational qualifications and/or relevant work experience, and will continue to judge each student on his/her individual merits.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma):The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.
  • International Baccalaureate:26-30 points overall or 14 points at HL, preferably in sciences (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics)

Work Experience

No work experience is required.


Related Scholarships*

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    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.




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