Pharmacology is the study of medicines. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries have identified pharmacology as a major skills gap, and this programme was designed to fill this deficit. This degree will prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, biomedical research or graduate entry into medicine.
You will explore elements of basic, molecular and clinical pharmacology, develop laboratory expertise and understand the clinical trial and regulatory pathways that bring new drugs from initial idea through to the patient. You will be able to choose from a number of advanced modules in areas, including:
- Issues faced by the pharmaceutical industry - such as determining drug safety
- Clinical trials
- Risk/benefit assessments
- Personalised medicine
- Collaboration between patient, academia, industry and the regulatory community
- Aspects of managing a pharmacology business including research and development costs, pricing, marketing and licencing
This programme was designed in discussion with pharmaceutical and biotechnology leaders to ensure its relevance to today’s pharmacology industry. As a student on this programme you will be eligible for free membership of the British Pharmacological Society - the professional association for pharmacologists and one of the leading pharmacological societies in the world.
Led by Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and co-taught by the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, this degree brings together core strengths of both departments and will provide you with access to a wide range of facilities. You will also benefit from the pharmacology research expertise of the William Harvey Research Institute, a world leading pharmacology centre based within Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Research and teaching
By choosing to study at a Russell Group university, you will have access to excellent teaching and top class research. You will be taught by staff who are actively involved in research, who are enthusiastic about their subjects and sharing their knowledge with you.
The programme structure outlined below is indicative of what you will study. It may change slightly from year to year as new topics are introduced and after we have listened to current student feedback on teaching.
- The Human Cell
- Chromosomes and Gene Function
- Routes to Medical progress
- Research Skills for Pharmacology
- Biomedical Physiology I
- Biomolecules of Life
- Tissue Biology
- Introduction to Pharmacology
- Biomedical Physiology II
- Human Molecular Biology
- Clinical Pharmacology and Assessment of Drug Safety
- Drug Target Identification
- Essential Biochemistry for Human Life
- Infection, Immunology and Inflammation
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
- Membrane and Cellular Biochemistry
- The Business of Pharmacology
- Systems Neuroscience
- Drug Design for Pharmacologists
- Translational Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics
- Classic Papers and Current Topics in Pharmacology
- Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs
- Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
- Advanced Immunology
- Human Genetics and Genomics
- Cancer Biology
- Molecular Basis of Personalised Medicine
- Biomarkers in Neuroscience
All third year students must complete one of the following:
- A-levels:Typically ABB or above at A2 level from three subjects, including A-level biology or chemistry and a second science subject.
- International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall with grade 5 in three science subjects including biology and chemistry. Two sciences must be at Higher Level including at least one of biology and chemistry.
- BTEC:We do not accept BTEC qualifications
- Access to HE Diploma: We do not accept Access qualifications for this programme
Visit our frequently asked questions page for answers to our commonly received queries about entry requirements.
Students from outside the United Kingdom must give evidence of their English language ability by producing an English language test score. The university provides guidelines for English requirements for all degree programmes.
Students may enter this degree programme via admission to the QMUL Science and Engineering Foundation Programme. Students must complete the foundation year and meet the required progression criteria.
If you have qualifications, which are not listed above, please contact us to check your eligibility:
Tel: +44 (0)207 882 5511
Learning and teaching
Fees and finance
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Tuition fees for International students
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
Our graduates will go on to work in a wide variety of careers:
- Some will pursue a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, within a regulatory agency or in a wider biomedical area
- Some will continue with their studies and research and opt for postgraduate study at either Masters or PhD level. Top graduates will be eiligible for fully-funded PhD training within the William Harvey Research Institute, the largest pharmacological research institute in the UK
- Some may choose to apply to study medicine via the Graduate Entry Programme.
As a QMUL student, you will have access to our specialist Careers and Enterprise team who can help prepare you for internships and graduate employment. Their services include CV checking and mock interviews, tailored workshops and employer-led events. You will also have access to a dedicated Careers Consultant for your School who has expert knowledge of recruitment and connections to employers in the field.
QMUL is part of the prestigious Russell Group and our graduates are consistently in the top ten graduate starting salaries in the UK (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016). The latest data show that 94 per cent* of graduates from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences are in work or further study within six months of graduation. QMUL graduates have a strong earning power, with an average salary of £23,580.*
Progression onto medicine or dentistry
This programme provides an ideal background for students who wish to progress onto medicine or dentistry, as students on our pharamcology degree will study a wide range of biomedical subjects and develop an in-depth knowledge of medicines. You will also gain valuable experience of studying at a medical school, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Entry into accelerated four–year medicine and dentistry programmes in the UK is very competitive. Some graduates will apply for the conventional five-year medicine and dentistry programmes after completing their BSc degree programme. If you are consdering any route into medicine or dentistry, we recommend discussing this with your academic advisor as early as possible.
*Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2013/14