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What makes Pharmacology at Worcester special?

Pharmacology is a fast-changing area of development and discovery in biomedical science. Pharmacologists study how medicines and other drugs work and how they are processed by the body. They are also 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. If you study Pharmacology 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.

Launching in September 2021



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, taught by internationally recognised scientists
  • 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

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

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.

Don't quite meet the entry requirements or returning to education? Consider studying a Biological Science with Foundation Year.

Other information

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ. Non-standard entry via the exploratory essay route is also available.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Scientific Support Skills


Year 2


  • Systems Physiology 1
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Project Development
  • How Drugs Act: An introduction to Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

Year 3


  • Research Project
  • Pharmaco-informatics
  • Drug Discovery, Design and Development
  • Pharmacology and the Immune System
  • Pharmacology Toxicology
  • Neuroendocrinology


  • 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.


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


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.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


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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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 the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 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 the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


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 £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to 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.



Get in touch

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

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