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This Pharmacology degree explores the fascinating ways in which drugs act on the body. You will learn how medicines act to cure or relieve a number of diseases as well as how drugs of abuse produce their effects on the body.
You will study pharmacology in depth, including the current topics and innovations in the sector. You will also study aspects of normal physiology as well as changes that occur in the body as a result of disease processes. This will enable you to understand the interactions between the body and drugs.
Why choose this course?
Our staff have expertise in the fields of physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience. They are actively engaged in research into the mechanisms involved in the consequences of:
- ischaemic heart disease
- placental pharmacology
- behavioural pharmacology in memory and learning
- signaling pathways
- receptor pharmacology.
This is a highly applied course in which practical work plays a major role. You will develop the scientific skills that industry employers are looking for.
- You will have the option to undertake a 12-month paid work placement in your third year. This is facilitated by a dedicated placement office and the School’s excellent links with industry.
- The course has been designed to comply with the British Pharmacological Society guidelines for BSc (Hons) Pharmacology.
- NTU is in the top 20 universities in the UK for biological science – The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.
- Third in the UK for Bioscience students on year-long work placements (HESA 2017/18).
Careers and employability
Our graduates usually seek research and development positions in the pharmaceutical and related industries including universities and hospitals.
They also work in non-laboratory based activities such as:
- clinical trials
- regulatory affairs
Many of our graduates also choose to study further on our Masters-level courses, MPhil and PhD research degrees.
Recent graduates are now working in the following roles:
- Boots – formulation scientist
- Convance – experimental officer
- GlaxoSmithKline – assay development scientist
- ITH Pharma – technical assistant.
Graduate salaries range from £16,000 – £30,000 per year.
Excellent placement opportunities
After the second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry, including overseas options. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. Many students impress their employers on placement and are offered jobs at the end of their course.
Recent Pharmacology and Bioscience students have secured placements in the following companies:
- Scott Bader
- British American Tobacco
- National Institute Medical Research
- Glenfield Hospital.