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  • 36 months
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You'll deepen your chemistry and biology knowledge as you study how drugs – such as painkillers, antibiotics and even caffeine – alter the body's systems.

You'll investigate why people's bodies respond differently to the same drugs and look at how new medicines are developed, tested and launched.

You'll have the opportunity to further enhance your career prospects and workplace skills by applying to do a sandwich year in industry. An optional module allows you to study the business side of the pharmacology industry.

When you graduate, you'll be set for a career or further study in areas such as new drug development, medical writing, regulatory affairs and pharmaceutical marketing.

On this Pharmacology (Hons) degree course offered at University of Portsmouth, you'll:

  • Use our pharmacology, chemistry and microbiology laboratories
  • Explore new techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, such as DNA drugs, and investigate areas like how cells communicate with each other
  • Use our specialist facilities, which include live cell imaging, spectroscopy equipment, chromatography instruments, molecular modelling facilities, chemical synthesis facilities, and confocal, electron and fluorescence microscopes
  • Develop transferable skills you can use in all areas of your life and career, such as       communication, team working, decision making and time management
  • You can also:

    • Apply your learning in the workplace on a laboratory-based work experience module and on a sandwich year in industry, boosting your career prospects (subject to successful applications)
    • Join one of our internationally-recognised research groups
    • Apply to the Erasmus exchange scheme, which involves a summer research placement at a European university

    Careers and opportunities

    From the medicines in your bathroom cabinet to the drug combinations used to treat cancer, the work of pharmacologists plays a crucial role in society. So there's always demand for pharmacology graduates.

    With your degree in pharmacology, you could start a career in any part of the pharmaceutical industry, including:

    • Drug development and testing
    • Medical writing
    • Marketing and sales
    • Regulatory affairs

    Roles you could do include:

    • Clinical trial assistant/administrator
    • Pharmacovigilance officer
    • Research and development scientist/technician
    • Secondary school teacher (with additional training)
    • Regulatory executive
    • Operations scientist
    • Research associate

    You can also continue your studies at postgraduate level on a PhD, MRes or MSc programme.

    When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.


    This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

    You can also apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology when you complete the course. This gives you membership benefits including access to professional networks and conferences.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 36 months
      • Duration description

        3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement

    • Credits
      360 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Cells to Systems
    • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    • Key Skills
    • Introduction to Formulation
    • Laboratory Skills and Analytical Techniques
    • Biomedical Toolbox
    • Immunology,Inflammatory Diseases and Infective Organisms
    • Neuroscience, Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology
    • Pharmacokinetics and Data Analysis
    • Respiratory, Renal and Cardiovascular Pharmacology
    • Antimicrobial and Antineoplastic Agents
    • Cellular and Molecular Drug Targets
    • Drug Development and Clinical Pharmacology
    • Neuropharmacology

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    • Minimum required score:


      PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

    General Requirements

    • BCC-ABB from A levels, or equivalent, to include Biology or Chemistry, plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applied Science not accepted. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

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    Tuition Fee

    • International

      16400 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 16400 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
    • EU/EEA

      9250 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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    Living costs for Portsmouth

    • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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