Kingston University London - Pharmacology BSc (Hons)

Kingston University London

Pharmacology BSc (Hons)

How exactly do medicinal drugs treat and prevent disease? How are they are discovered and tested? How do they affect society? If you want to delve deeper into these questions, this could be the course for you.

This course is taught by award-winning experts with a focus on biological and physiological processes, rather than chemical ones. We'll examine how drugs act on their targets in major organs and systems, and how the body reacts.

You'll study the treatment of infectious and non-infectious diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular disease. You'll also have opportunities to learn about new drugs affecting the brain, treating epilepsy and depression, and how drugs influence addiction.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course meets the core curriculum requirements set out by the British Pharmacology Society (BPS), the professional association for pharmacologists. This course is also accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.
  • Our Pharmacology degree scored 97% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS 2020/21).
  • Kingston is ranked No.2 in London for pharmacy and pharmacology (Guardian University League table 2022).

Entry Requirements

  • UCAS tariff points:


    112-128 for BSc (Hons); 32 for BSc (Hons) including foundation year from Level 3 qualifications.
  • A-levels to include Biology or Human Biology with a minimum of a grade C. General Studies not accepted.
  • Alternatively, BTEC Extended Diploma in appropriate Science subject with grades DMM.


  • Merit in T-Level Science: including a minimum of a B in the Core component and a merit in the Occupational Specialism which must be either in laboratory sciences or metrology sciences.
  • IELTS Iof 6.0, with no element below 5.5. 

Career Prospects

Graduates work in drug discovery and development, clinical trials, medical writing, and medical sales and marketing. The course can also provide a gateway into medicine or pharmacy

Career opportunities after completing Pharmacology BSc (Hons)

  • Medical Writer.
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative.
  • Pharmaceutical Lab Scientist. 
  • Pharmaceutical Marketing Manager.
  • Medical Liaison.

Course Details

The First Year offers essential understanding of how the human body works, providing knowledge to underpin the study of pharmacology. You will gain a comprehensive overview of physiology from cellular to organ-system level, as well as chemistry, genetics and molecular biology. The Scientific and Laboratory Skills module trains you in a number of practical laboratory techniques. 

Year 2 introduces pharmacology as a distinct subject, including the action of drugs at their target sites and the actions of the body on drugs once they have been administered. The Systems Pharmacology module covers drugs acting on the major organ systems of the body, including the cardiovascular, nervous, gastrointestinal, renal, respiratory and endocrine systems. Further coverage of immunology, microbiology and molecular biology enables you to study relevant disease and its treatment. A module in Principles of Pharmacology with Research Methods prepares you to undertake an independent research project in year 3.

Year 1

Genes, Cells and Tissues
The Biochemical Foundations of Life
Scientific and Laboratory Skills
Human Physiology

Year 2

Molecular Biology of the Cell
Principles of Pharmacology with Research Methods
Infection and Immunity
System Pharmacology LS5010

Final year

Core Modules:
Current Concepts in Biomolecular Science
Project (Bioscience)
Optional Modules:
Chemotherapy of Infectious and Neoplastic Diseases
Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics
Brain and Behaviour

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