Pharmacology & Physiology BSc Honours
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Typical offer for September 2015
|BBC to include two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths|
|International Baccalaureate||26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma||DMM/D*D* in Applied Science|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass 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|
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.
The Pharmacology and Physiology BSc Honours will enable you to acquire a broad understanding of the normal and abnormal physiological function, including the biology of representative disease states.
You will 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 will 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.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Application of Biological Sciences
- Biological Chemistry
- Cell Biology
- Fundamentals of Pharmacology
- Human Physiology
- Science: History, Philosophy and Practice
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Contemporary Global Issues
- Medical Physiology
- Metabolic Biochemistry
- Molecular Biology and Genetics
- Physiological Networks
- Research Methods
- Systems Pharmacology
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Advanced Cell Biology
- Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology
- Clinical Neuropharmacology
- Drug Discovery with Immunopharmacology
- Global Ethics
- Research Project
- Topics in Neuroscience
- Work Experience and Career Management Skills
As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
The teaching team includes:
Additional costs information
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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.
Graduates from Biomedical Sciences have a high employment rate, and are sought by a wide range of employers.
We also have a strong record in preparing graduates for postgraduate study across a range of biomedical and molecular disciplines, as well as postgraduate teacher training.
Major employment areas include:
- diagnostic pathology and clinical laboratories
- NHS Blood and Transplant laboratories
- private pathology laboratories
- Public Health England
- veterinary and agricultural laboratories
- clinical genetics laboratories
- forensic laboratories
- research laboratories in universities
- government or charity-funded research laboratories
- research development for the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, medical devices and laboratory instrumentation industries, clinical trials, regulatory affairs (drug registration and patents), and commerce (sales and marketing) related to healthcare and diagnostics products.
At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.
Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to 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.
We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
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 at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
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.
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Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
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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.
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