Pharmacology & Physiology BSc Honours

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UCAS code: BB12 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time

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Start: 17 September 2016
Duration: 3 years

Location: Central London
Campus: Cavendish

All prices quoted are for the academic year 2016/17 only.

Home/EU: £9,000.00
Overseas: £12,250.00

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Typical offer for September 2015

Qualification typeGrade/points
A LevelsBBC to include two science subjects
International Baccalaureate26 points to include a minimum of 5 in two Higher Level science subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/DiplomaDMM/DM in Applied Science
Access to HE DiplomaPass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction with at least a Merit in all Biology or Chemistry modules plus Maths and English GCSEs at at least grade C

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Pharmacology and physiology are closely related disciplines. Pharmacology is the study of drug action and how medicines may modify disease states. Physiology is concerned with how the body and its systems are controlled, and in the changes that lead to disease states.

The course will provide you with a sound understanding of the biological action of drugs and other biomolecules at the whole-body, tissue, cellular and sub-cellular levels, and their use in medicines for the treatment of disease. It provides an ideal grounding for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or other areas of biomedical research, academia, the Scientific Civil Service and hospitals.

Opportunities exist for you to enhance your practical and related transferable skills within our research laboratories. Teaching is informed by high-quality research, in relevant cognate areas, within the Faculty.

In addition, new students will benefit from our use of the METI Patient Care Simulator platform, as an exciting novel teaching tool.

Course content

First year studies focus on core skills in fundamental topics including cell biology, human physiology, the scientific method and pharmacology. This knowledge base is expanded in the second year, developing your knowledge of physiology, systems pharmacology, cell and molecular biology, and research skills. For your final year you will study a more applied content, focusing on the central nervous system, pharmacology, immunopharmacology, toxicology and drug development strategies. In addition, you will undertake a research project in a Faculty with an active and enthusiastic approach to fundamental and clinically related research.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Critical Thinking for Scientists
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • plus one free-choice module

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Subjects of study include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Communication
  • Laboratory Research Methods
  • Organ Systems
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology for Health Sciences
  • plus one free-choice module

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

Subjects of study include:

  • Central Nervous System Pharmacology
  • Drug Development
  • Immunopharmacology Project
  • Topics in Neuroscience
  • Xenobiotic Metabolism and Toxicology
  • plus one free-choice module

International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. We place as much emphasis on gaining skills relevant to the workplace as on learning the academic discipline that you are studying.

Obtaining a placement, part-time or vacation job while you study will provide you with extra cash and help you demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for.

In London, there is a plentiful supply of part-time work - most students at the University of Westminster work part-time (or full-time during vacations) to help support their studies.

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Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation. You can use our comprehensive Online Vacancy Service to find part-time, placement, voluntary and graduate opportunities.

Our website provides comprehensive information covering topics such as events, job searching, CVs and applications. We organise presentations, networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations to help you with your career planning.

Our careers consultants are experienced personal development trainers and offer a range of self-development workshops to improve your job seeking strategies, to enhance self-confidence and provide self-marketing techniques.

We offer support for students and recent graduates to obtain volunteer placements and also for those interested in developing their enterprise skills.

We can help you to:

  • Find part-time / vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • Explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • Plan your career development
  • Identify your career options
  • Market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and interviews.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your faculty registry and can help you to find a suitable placement as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

Career options in your subject area

We offer targeted careers information for this course. View the range of careers options that are available to you after you graduate:

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Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support including subject specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.


After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Open days

Upcoming undergraduate open days

Date Title Location
2 December 2015 Undergraduate open day Media, Arts and Design students only - Harrow Campus
12 March 2016 Undergraduate open day Cavendish, Little Titchfield Street, Regent,
19 March 2016 Undergraduate open day 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS - View map

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About the faculty

Faculty of Science and Technology

Our active research and postgraduate programmes also ensure that undergraduate students are in close contact with the cutting edge of applied scientific knowledge.

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School of Electronics and Computer Science

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