Pharmacology, Bachelor | University of Glasgow | Glasgow, United Kingdom
48 months
27930 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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The Pharmacology programme of the University of Glasgow is teaching students about the study of drugs: not just medicines, but also substances produced within the body, such as hormones. It also encompasses the study of food additives, agricultural compounds such as insecticides, and even animal venoms and toxins.


During the Pharmacology programme of the University of Glasgow you may have the opportunity to go on a work placement to companies such as AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer.

You can take Pharmacology as an MSci, which includes an additional placement year, between the third and final years of the degree, normally doing research in industry or a research institute in the UK or overseas.

Career Prospects

Many of our graduates work in academia and the pharmaceutical industry. The majority of graduates continue with research studies and gain MSc and PhD qualifications before moving into employment.

Pharmacology is not the same as pharmacy and this degree does not qualify you as a pharmacist.

Career Options

  • Toxicologist
  • Clinical scientist
  • Medical chemist
  • Research scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • NHS scientific officer.

Programme Structure

Year 1

  • You will be given a general introduction to all aspects of modern biology and taught general scientific skills.

Year 2

  • In semester 1, you will develop your knowledge of fundamental aspects of biology. In semester 2, you will be introduced to specialist subject areas according to your interests (eg animal biology; biomolecular sciences; human biology; infection biology).

Years 3, 4 and 5

  • In year 3, you will learn the basic principles of quantitative pharmacology, practical skills and laboratory techniques.
  • The fourth-year course includes a core course, three ten-week long Honours option courses and a research project with the results sometimes contributing to scientific publications.
  • The available final-year optional courses may change each year and students are not guaranteed a place on a particular option.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 26 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website).


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAAAA Higher or AAAA Higher+B Advanced Higher (ABBB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher Biology or Chemistry.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements (by end of S5 or S6)

  • MD20 – BBBB (also other target groups)
  • MD40 – AABB
  • Additional requirements: Higher Biology or Chemistry. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: A-level Biology or Chemistry.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL Biology or Chemistry.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27930 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27930 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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