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Specialise in the ever-expanding field of clinical and molecular pharmacology.
Our intercalated BSc gives students already taking a medical or dental degree the chance to achieve an additional degree in this specialist field in just one year.
Pharmacology is the study of how drugs and therapies work, and the development of new ones. As research lays bare the molecular basis of disease and treatment, medical staff and researchers need increasingly specialist knowledge in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry and chemistry.
The programme will give you expertise in the discipline, and practical experience of laboratory research. It will enhance your understanding of drugs and prescribing, bringing benefits throughout your medical degree and clinical practice.
You'll work on a research topic of your own choosing, alongside international leaders in the field. You could investigate forensic medicine, neuroendocrinology, clinical and vascular pharmacology, immunology and Inflammation, or medical genetics.
Many of our students publish their work in research journals and present at scientific and medical conferences.
Programme changes for 2020
At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.
You can start your one-year intercalated Clinical and Molecular Pharmacology BMedSci after your second, third or fourth years of your MBBS, BDS or BVetMed.
- Clinical and Molecular Pharmacology Project
- Core Clinical and Molecular Pharmacology
Choose one from
- Clinical and Vascular Pharmacology
- Forensic Medicine
- Immunology and Inflammation
- Medical Genetics
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
An intercalated degree will broaden your studies as you gain an additional qualification.
It will also:
- add extra points to your application for Foundation Year training, giving you a competitive edge
- strengthen your application if you wish to take the highly competitive academic Foundation Year route into clinical research or education and teaching
- help you to progress into postgraduate training within your chosen speciality
- develop your scientific awareness, with an opportunity to carry out original research
- allow you to experience your chosen field and be sure it’s right for you.
I now know more about what it means to take a break from clinical work to carry out research, and it has opened my eyes to the possibility of doing this myself in the future. I feel lucky to have gained experience in lab techniques and discuss a wide range of topics, from immunology to ethics, that have all added depth to my understanding of medicine.
Teaching and learning
You'll receive approximately 16 hours of weekly contact time, comprising lectures, small group tutorials and independent study. The core module follows a format of daily interactive seminars and tutorials, a practical class and workshops.
For every hour spent in class, you'll need to complete at least one further hour of independent study.
Assessment typically includes a combination of practical write-ups, an imaging presentation, ethics write-up, exams, a research project, a dissertation and an oral presentation.
Resources and facilities
The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:
- iLab research facilities
- imaging facilities
- Genome Centre.
Intercalated degrees are for undergraduate students currently enrolled in the MBBS or BDS programmes at Barts and the London, or at another medical, veterinary or dental school.
You must have completed 2, 3 or 4 years of the MBBS course (1 or 2 years of a graduate entry programme) and passed all years to date.
You must have completed 2, 3 or 4 years of the BDS course and passed all years to date. You must also have completed all continuous assessment and have satisfactory annual progress reviews.
Veterinary students are welcome to apply.
Satisfactory performance in, and completion of, all student-selected components (SSCs).
Students who meet the criteria will be asked to attend an interview.
Where there is competition for places, students will be ranked on their exam results to date and their interview performance.
How to apply
See full information on how to apply for intercalated degrees.
Students from the UK and overseas are welcome to apply for our intercalated degrees.
Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.
You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.
Find out more about our intercalated degrees.
Loans and grants
UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for from Student Finance England or other government bodies.
Medical and dental students from Barts and The London will be considered for various bursaries based on research interests, financial need or academic merit.
These bursaries are not available to students from other medical schools, or to Barts and The London students who choose to intercalate externally.
Support from Queen Mary
We offer 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.
Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:
- additional sources of funding
- planning your budget and cutting costs
- part-time and vacation work
- money for lone parents.
With its focus on pharmacological research, this programme forms a strong basis for careers in academic medicine. Your understanding of the actions of drugs and ability to evaluate the latest research will also be an advantage in any area of clinical work.
About the School
The William Harvey Research Institute was founded in 1986 by the Nobel Laureate Sir John Vane, discoverer of the action of aspirin and prostacyclin. Since 2000, as part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Queen Mary University of London, the Institute has gone from strength to strength. We are currently the largest pharmacological research institute in the UK university sector and one of the largest in Europe.
Along with our commitment to high-quality research, we also offer education programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and research level, which are taught by world-leading experts in the fields of cardiovascular, endocrine and inflammation research.
We are proud to have been awarded the Athena SWAN silver award for our ongoing commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.