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Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacology

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacology

How do we develop the next generation of drugs for treating bacterial infection, AIDS, cancer, depression and heart failure? These are among the challenges being addressed by pharmacologists at Southampton. Our BSc Pharmacology degree will prepare you to make your own contribution to this important work.

This 3-year program will give you an in-depth understanding of the major pharmacological concepts and principles.

These include:

  • the discovery and production of new drugs
  • the interaction of drugs with humans and animals
  • how existing drugs can be improved or repurposed
  • ways to solve the problems of toxicity
  • new-generation antibiotics

You'll refine your practical skills in our state-of-the-art teaching labs. This will prepare you to work with our experts in pharmacology and undertake your individual research project in year 3.

As part of your degree you can also:

  • spend a year working in the pharmaceutical industry between years 2 and 3
  • spend a semester at a partner university abroad during year 2

Admission requirements


AAB including Chemistry and one further science subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass with overall score of 34 points, with 17 points required at Higher Level, including 5 and 6 points at Higher Level in Chemistry and one further science subject


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA in A Level Chemistry and one further science subject.
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AA grades in A Level Chemistry and one further science subject.

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4).

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Chemistry of Life
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Physiology
  • How to think like a scientist
  • The Human Genome and Disease

Year 2

  • Exploring Proteins: Structure and Function
  • Flow of Genetic Information
  • Pharmacology

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • A Global World
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution
  • Global Health
  • Immunology, Infection and Inflammation
  • Mathematical Methods in Chemistry I
  • Mathematical Methods in Chemistry II
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant Development and Function
  • Principles of Neuroscience
  • Pure and Applied Population Ecology
  • Vertebrate Development

Year 3

  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Neuropharmacology of CNS Disorders
  • Selective Toxicity

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Bioethics Project
  • Biofilms and Microbial Communities
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Bioscience Business
  • Bioscience Education
  • Cancer Chromosome Biology
  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Evolution
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Extended Science Communication
  • Global Health
  • In-Silico Research Project
  • Laboratory Research Project
  • Literature-based Research Project
  • Literature-based Research Project
  • Mathematical Methods in Chemistry II
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Recognition
  • Molecular and Structural Basis of Disease
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Plant Cell Biology
  • Plant Development and Function
  • Science Communication
  • Systems Neuroscience

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £23,720


  • Final award: Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Name of Award: Pharmacology
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary)
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career paths

As a science graduate, you’ll have a wide variety of employment options. Some will directly use your scientific abilities, others will draw on the broader set of analytical skills gained throughout your course.

This degree will build your skills in gathering and interpreting information, as well as working within and leading teams.

As you lean how to become a pharmacist, you'll gain the opportunity to work in fields like:

  • the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry
  • postgraduate research training
  • medical laboratories
  • teaching
  • forensic science
  • the legal profession
  • business management

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