Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course.

On successful completion of the foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the Pharmacology and Physiology BSc Honours degree.

Pharmacology and physiology are two 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 (pathophysiology).

This 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 uses as 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 healthcare provision.

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 department.

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

The Pharmacology and Physiology BSc will enable you to acquire a broad understanding of the normal and abnormal physiological function, including the biology of representative disease states.

You'll become proficient in explaining and applying information about the mode of therapeutic action, undesirable and toxic effects, absorption, distribution and elimination of exemplar drugs. You'll also develop the problem-solving skills and research strategies necessary to evaluate, critically appraise and systematically review pharmacology and physiology.

The learning and teaching strategies include a mixture of formal contact – such as large and small group lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory practical sessions and demonstrations – as well as independent work and online support activities. 

Top reasons to study with us

  • Build a successful career – this course will give you the knowledge and skills for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or other areas of biomedical research
  • Make the most of our facilities – develop your skills in our fully equipped laboratories, and benefit from our APOLLO Patient Care Simulator platform
  • Learn from our expert teaching staff – teaching is informed by high-quality research, delivering the forefront of current and cutting-edge science to students

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Biology and Human Biology
  • Bioscience in Action
  • Chemistry
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Introduction to Academic Practice

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Application of Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Human Physiology
  • Science: History, Philosophy and Practice

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Medical Physiology
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Physiological Networks
  • Research Methods
  • Systems Pharmacology

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Clinical Neuropharmacology
  • Drug Discovery with Immunopharmacology
  • Global Ethics
  • Research Project
  • Topics in Neuroscience

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

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Develop a successful career

This course provides an ideal grounding for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, biomedical research, the Scientific Civil Service and healthcare provision.

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Outstanding facilities

Students can make the most of our facilities, including fully-equipped research laboratories and our APOLLO Patient Care Simulator platform.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

Graduates of our Pharmacology and Physiology BSc can expect to acquire the core skills required for employment in a variety of settings. Typically, these might include careers in the pharmaceutical industry or other areas of biomedical research, scientific writing, academia, the Scientific Civil Service, Clinical Research bodies and hospital departments.

The course also prepares students for further study (MSc, MRes, DPhil, PhD) and careers in academia.

Graduate employers

Graduate pharmacologists and physiologists have an excellent understanding of key bioscience and applied biomedical subjects, and are able to seek careers in:

  • NHS and other healthcare bodies
  • Pharmaceutical research and development
  • Scientific journalism and copywriting
  • Drug policy, regulation and pharmacovigilance

Job roles

The course prepares graduates for job roles including:

  • Clinical trials associates
  • Graduate research or management trainees in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Teachers, with expertise in the teaching of the Biological Sciences (after successful completion of a suitable PG teaching qualification)
  • Research scientists (following completion of study to MSc, MRes or PhD level)

Many of our graduates also progress to postgraduate education, research degrees and graduate entry medicine (including MSc, MPhil/PhD, MBBS)

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Course Leaders

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I am interested in the novel mechanisms of action for existing antiepileptic drugs.

Dr Christopher Biggs

Senior Lecturer

Chris graduated from King’s College London with BSc Pharmacology in 1990, and spent a further nine years at UCL School of Pharmacy, both as doctoral student and postgraduate researcher. Chris joined the University of Westminster in 1999, and from that time on, has worked alongside his colleagues to build the course we offer you now. Aside from his course leadership role, Chris is a key member of the teaching team and delivers a diverse range of high quality, innovative learning material in Pharmacology and Physiology.

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Dr Amarachukwu Anyogu

Lecturer in Microbiology

Dr Amara Anyogu is a lecturer within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster. Amara is the course leader of the Foundation Level of all courses offered by the School. 

Amara is a widening participation educator with expertise and experience in initiating, leading and teaching Foundation year programmes in the Biosciences developed across three UK higher education and further education institutions. Amara is also part of the Biological Science Team developing teaching and learning activities for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Microbiology, Biotechnology and Sustainable Development.

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Higher Education is much more than acquiring a degree. It is about building up your unique portfolio of skills, relationships and most importantly, self-awareness."

Why study this course?

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Intellectually stimulating teaching

94% of students think this course is intellectually stimulating.

Source: Discover Uni (Accessed April 2020)

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Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

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Forward-thinking learning

You'll study key bioscience and applied biomedical disciplines, with a particular focus on new and emerging technologies.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels - DDE to CDD, with one Science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geography, Geology or Psychology
  • International Baccalaureate - 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP to MMP in Applied Science
  • BTEC Diploma - MM to DM in Applied Science
  • Access - 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 5.5  overall, with with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate - 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 5.5  overall, with with 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course

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

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the academic year 2019-20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

With state-of-the-art science and psychology labs and refurbished computer suites, our Cavendish Campus offers our science and technology students a range of learning spaces that are both dynamic and inspiring.

Located in central London, our Cavendish Campus is just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

Contact us

We have an FAQs page if you are applying this year.

Or you can contact the Course Enquiries Team:

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