Pharmacology BSc (Hons) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B210
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 34 / BTEC : DDD in relevant diploma

Module details

Programme Year One

Core modules:

  • Molecules and Cells
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Grand Challenges in Biology
  • Experimental Skills in Current Biology
  • Essential Skills for Life Sciences I
  • Introduction to Physiology and
  • Pharmacology
  • Biochemical Methods
  • Biological Chemistry

Plus one of the following modules:

  • Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies
  • Microbiology
  • Animal Biodiversity
  • Developmental Biology

Programme Year Two

Core modules:

  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Drug Action
  • Pharmacological Chemistry
  • Chemical Techniques
  • Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
  • Practical Pharmacology l
  • Practical Pharmacology ll

Plus two of the following optional theory modules:

  • Regulatory and Neuro-Physiology
  • Genome Organisation and Maintenance
  • The Multicellular Organism
  • The Immune System in Health and Disease
  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease

And one of the following practical modules”

  • Techniques in Cell Biology
  • E-Biology
  • Advanced Biochemical Techniques
  • Molecular Science
  • Experimental Physiology
  • Practical Human Physiology

Programme Year Three

Core modules:

  • Chemotherapy and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Metabolism and Drug Response
  • Cancer Pharmacology
  • Molecular and Neuropharmacology
  • Molecular Toxicology
  • Research Project

The pharmacology project includes both library-based and laboratory-based work and runs over the two semesters.

Programme Year Four

Students can transfer into the C900 (MBiolSci) programme to complete a four-year integrated master’s. This offers industrial placements in UK or abroad (subject to performance).

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Teaching and Learning

You will experience a range of learning environments during your studies at Liverpool. These will include student-centred activities as well as lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, dissection classes, fieldwork, data handling sessions and computer workshops. Some of these activities will be performed individually, such as personal research projects, and others in small tutorial or project groups, in addition to formal lectures and workshops. You will have research staff as well as your own academic adviser for individual tuition on our acclaimed tutorial programme.


As well as factual knowledge and understanding, biologists need practical and organisational skills, and an ability to work both alone and with other people. We record development of these abilities through continuous assessment during the semester and by final examination. You will also prepare posters, complete tests, analyse data, give short talks, research the scientific literature and write essays and reports. The style of examination progresses from short answers towards the essay format in the later years of each degree programme, as your understanding deepens.