Coventry University - BSc (Hons) Pharmacology

Coventry University

BSc (Hons) Pharmacology

On this Pharmacology degree you will study drugs and their effects on living systems. You will take a multidisciplinary approach incorporating aspects of human physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, underpinned by chemical principles.

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Successful completion of this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to contribute to current and emerging challenges in the understanding of drug actions and reactions and the development of new drugs to help fight disease.

At the end of the course you will have the skills and knowledge to meet the demand for suitably trained professionals within the global pharmaceutical industry to expedite the critical task of translating basic laboratory medical research into technology and drugs that can be used to diagnose and treat patients.

It is anticipated that on successful completion of this course you could have employment opportunities in a range of industries including pharmaceutical research and development roles, clinical trials, drug regulation and sales and marketing.

Following British Pharmacological Society (BPS) guidelines, this course is designed to give you a solid foundation in areas of biology that support an understanding of pharmacology.  
You will study human biology at all levels – from molecules and cells to whole body systems.

Our multi-million pound Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge industry techniques.

Entry Requirements

A Level


BBB to include Biology. Excludes General Studies.



DDM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Biology or Science related subject.

IB Diploma:


30-32 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology at Higher Level.

GCSE requirement


Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*- C including English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences.

IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a


pre-sessional English programme


before you start your course. 

Career Prospects

This course is specifically designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required for a career in a range of sectors in a variety of roles in companies and organisations in both the UK and abroad. In addition to discipline specific theory and practical laboratory competence, you will also develop transferrable skills in digital fluency, numeracy, communication and teamwork.

A large number of medical scientists are employed by companies in the pharmaceutical industry, where they are involved in discovering and developing drugs and carrying out clinical trials.

Medical scientists may also work for contract research organisations (CROs) or academic departments within universities on research projects. There are also career options within government laboratories (including environmental agencies), charity-funded research organisations, such as the Medical Research Council (MRC), and with other research institutes.

The scientific knowledge and skills you acquire during the course can be a useful basis for a career in: teaching; technical and scientific writing (such as medical writing or writing for the media); clinical trials; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; medical publishing or other information services; regulatory affairs or sales and marketing. Opportunities also exist for postgraduate study upon successful completion of the course, at both masters and PhD level.

We are committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Talent team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Course Details

This broad-based science degree is designed to enable you to pursue careers in integrative medical and pharmacological science or drug development.

It has been designed in response to the growing demand for a new breed of scientist who can apply scientific knowledge and skills to speed up the critical task of translating basic laboratory medical research into commercially-ready medical technology and drugs that can be used to diagnose and treat patients. This emerging area of science is known as ‘translational medicine’.

Throughout the degree you will apply pharmacology and physiology to topics including diagnosis, understanding and treatment of disease, classical clinical trial design and health outcomes, supported by our excellent laboratory facilities. Core subject areas you will study include: human biology in health and disease, clinical physiology, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics, drug development, bioinformatics, numeracy, statistics and computing, and a wide range of instrumentation and analytical techniques.

Year 1

Human physiology from cells to systems
Genotype to phenotype
Structure, function and analysis of biomolecules
Academic and professional development for life sciences
Enzymes and metabolism
The microbial world
Drugs, receptors and responses
Professional practice for life scientists

Year 2

Pharmacology and pathophysiology 1
Cells and molecular biology for pharmacologists
Essential techniques for pharmacologists
Pharmacology and pathophysiology 2
Immunology and inflammation
Research and professional skills development

Placement year
Professional work placement
Study abroad

Year 3

Cancer biology and therapeutics
Advanced topics in cardiovascular and neuropharmacology
Synoptic assessment in pharmacology
Research design in pharmacology
Drug development: past, present and future
Toxicology, addiction and abuse
Independent research project in pharmacology

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