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What makes Pharmacology at Worcester special?

Pharmacology is a fast-changing area of development and discovery in biomedical science.

You'll study how medicines and other drugs work and how they are processed by the body. Pharmacologists are at the forefront of new drug design, facilitating the treatment and cure of disease. As a Pharmacologist you will have great career prospects and the opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives.

At Worcester you will find yourself part of a dynamic, forward thinking university with excellent teaching staff and first-class facilities to support you through your studies.

Key features

  • A friendly, supportive learning environment with an open-door policy and support from a personal academic tutor
  • Developed in collaboration with the British Pharmacological Society
  • Strong emphasis on practical and laboratory work
  • Professional links to give you the chance to put theory into practice through projects linked to the bioscience industry
  • Modern laboratories and specialist equipment – an inspiring environment for you to gain practical skills and to develop your pharmacology ideas
  • Taught by internationally recognised scientists

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points - must include A Level Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry and an A Level in another science, Maths or Statistics.

104 UCAS Tariff points - must include A Level Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Health and Disease
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Essential Skills

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Human Systems Physiology
  • How Drugs Act: An introduction to Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Project Development

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study
  • Pharmaco-informatics
  • Drug Discovery, Design and Development
  • Pharmacology and the Immune System
  • Toxicology
  • Neuroendocrine physiology and biochemistry

Optional

  • Work Experience
  • Biochemistry of Cancer
  • Diseases of the Ageing Brain

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 16 contact hours of teaching and in the final year you will have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.
The nature of your contact time will vary from module to module but for a 15-credit module it will typically be structured around:

8 hours of interactive workshops
12 hours of large group lectures
10 hours of seminars in groups of around 10 students
18 hours of supervised lab practicals simulations or visits and shadowing opportunities.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time you are expected to undertake around 8 - 9 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with clinical experience, demonstrators and technical laboratory officers.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and 56 per cent of University lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. 
Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, laboratory reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent study project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
3 formal examinations of 2 hours and 3 formal examinations of 1.5 hours duration
1 practical test of 2 hours duration
1 essay
6 x practical files/reports
2 x individual or group presentations

Year 2
3 x formal examinations of 2 hours and 4 formal examinations of 1.5 hours duration
1 essay
4 practical reports
4 reports
2 individual or group presentations
1 research proposal

Year 3
Major independent study project of 7000 - 9000 words
1 poster
1 formal examinations of 2.5 hours and 4 formal examinations of 1.5 hours duration
2 practical examinations of 1.5 hours
3 essays
2 reports

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Your Pharmacology degree will prepare you to work in high-tech research laboratories in academia and the biosciences Industries.

Alternatively you might go on to pursue careers in areas such as teaching, policy making, medical sales or regulatory roles in drug discovery industry.

A degree in Pharmacology is an ideal platform to launch a research career and progression to a postgraduate qualification.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £153 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

B210

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Lorraine Weaver

Head of Biological Sciences
01905 855598
l.weaver@worc.ac.uk

ISE Academic Support Unit

01905 855201/02/23
ise@worc.ac.uk