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Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics

B211 BSc (Hons) 3 years


Students on this programme will study how drugs and medicines work at the cellular and sub-cellular level to produce their useful (and sometimes derogatory) effects in humans and how medicines are used to treat or prevent illness. You will learn about the process of developing new medicines from basic research on the effects of drugs on cells, to testing in humans, and surveillance of drugs already in use. 

During this programme 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
  • Bioethics
  • 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 has been designed in discussion with biotechnology companies and the pharmaceutical industry 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

This programme is co-taught by Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, bringing together their core strengths and providing students with access to a wide range of facilities. Students will benefits 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.

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences both have a long-history of making ground-breaking research discoveries and of sharing these exciting findings with their students:

  • Sir David Attenborough has been to visit our naked mole rats, which have resistance to some cancers and can live for up to 30 years
  • Sir John Vane, who founded Queen Mary’s William Harvey Research Institute, is credited with discovering how aspirin and similar drugs produced their effects
  • Our Barts Pathology Museum is home to 5,000 medical specimens, including the skull of the only man to assassinate a British Prime Minister in 1812. John Bellingham was hanged, and then anatomised by medical students
  • The IBIS-I trial (International Breast Cancer Intervention Study), led by Queen Mary University of London and funded by Cancer Research UK, found that the drug tamoxifen reduces breast cancer rates by nearly a third for 20 years


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.

Year 1

Required Modules:

Year 2

Required Modules:

Optional Modules:

Year 3

Required Modules:

  • Drug Design for Pharmacologists
  • Translational Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics
  • Classic Papers and Current Topics in Pharmacology
  • Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs

Optional Modules:

All third year students must complete one of the following:

Entry requirements

  • A-levels:Typically ABB or above at A2 level from three subjects, including two science subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology and at least a grade C in Biology and Chemistry at AS level
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 overall with grade 5 in three science subjects with at least two at HL. Must take Biology and Chemistry with at least one of them at HL. Other science subjects can be of Maths, Physics or Psychology
  • 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.

Non-UK students

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.

Foundation programme

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.

Other qualifications

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

2016 entry
Full-time £9,000

Tuition fees for International students

2016 entry
Full-time £17,500

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.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

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.

Graduate Employment

Employers specifically target Russell Group universities because of the calibre of these institutions' graduates and, as a result, nearly 90% of our 2013 graduates are employed or in further study.

Our graduates 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
  • Others will transfer the skills they have gained into sectors such as the media, technology or finance

Queen Mary’s specialist career service is on hand to offer you advice throughout and after your university studies. We are committed to helping our students achieve their career goals and were placed top 10 in the UK for student employability, according to the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2012.

Progression onto Medicine or Dentistry programmes

Our pharmacology degree provides an ideal background for students who wish to apply for medicine or dentistry as students will have studied a wide range of biomedical subjects and will have an in-depth knowledge of medicines. Students will have also gained valuable experience of studying at a medical school.

Students should be aware that entry into accelerated four–year medicine and dentistry programmes in the UK is very competitive. Therefore, some graduates will apply for the conventional five-year medicine and dentistry programmes after completing their BSc degree programme. Students considering this route into medicine or dentistry must check that they have the required entry requirements at the University they wish to progress onto.



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