Pharmacology BSc (Hons)

Key information


Pharmacology is an exciting branch of experimental science concerned with drugs and how they work in the fight against disease.

You can be part of the UK’s largest Pharmacology department by studying at the University of Liverpool. Taught by leading academics who are active researchers in their fields in a rich and vibrant environment, you will study the physiological and biochemical processes underlying diseases such as AIDS, malaria, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular and neurological disease, and learn how drug molecules can be designed to relieve symptoms and combat the disease process.

This course provides an advanced programme using different forms of teaching, including lecture-based study of classical pharmacology, physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular toxicology, cancer pharmacology, and many others.

You will take part in small group tutorials, practical classes, and conduct an original research project and a library dissertation on two topics that are the subject of active research in the Department.

Our local, national and international links with other leading academic institutions as well as industry will provide you with exposure to a wealth of opportunities.
Furthermore, the practical nature of the degree means you will be better prepared to apply for careers in research, including graduate entry to medical school or into a PhD or master’s programme. Our graduates move into careers in various sectors, which include large and small pharmaceutical and biotech industries and academic research, both nationally and internationally.

Programme in detail

The Pharmacology programme provides an advanced programme of study that includes modules in pharmacology, physiology, cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

In the final year, you will study pharmacology full-time, learning the most up-to-date pharmacological concepts and knowledge from a practical viewpoint. You will participate in lectures on topics such as cardiovascular and respiratory pharmacology, molecular and neuropharmacology, drug metabolism, chemotherapy and molecular toxicology. You will take part in tutorials and practical classes and conduct an original research project and library dissertation on a topic that is the subject of active research in the Department.

At Liverpool, we offer two routes for students wishing to study for a degree in Life Sciences. You can enrol on one of our Deferred Choice Programmes (C130 or C100) that allows students to learn about the different subjects available in Life Sciences before specialising, or retain their broad interests and gain a degree. Alternatively, students can enrol on a specific programme of study that specialises in one area of the Life Sciences.

Award Winning Department

The Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology has recently been honoured with a 2017 Queens Anniversary Prize in recognition of its work to improve the safety and effectiveness of medicines. This is one of the most prestigious awards in higher education recognising the Department’s expertise in pharmacological understanding and ensuring that we are one of the most highly regarded institutions in this field within the UK.‌

Prior to this the department was recognised by the British Pharmacological Society as a site of special interest and awarded this honour after being judged to have made outstanding contributions to the discovery and development of medicines.

This ensures that as students you will be part of a thriving and highly regarded department benefiting from an environment of recognised research and learning.  

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

405 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

1st for Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology – (Guardian University Guide 2020)

Graduate prospects

95% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Report 2016/17)

National Student Survey

100% satisfaction for Genetics and Anatomy and Human Biology (National Student Survey 2017) and 91% satisfaction for Microbiology (National Student Survey 2017)

Why this subject?

Shape your study with real flexibility and choice

You will study in one of the largest Schools of Life Science in the UK, meaning you can shape your studies by choosing modules from across the entire spectrum of the life sciences. You’ll also enjoy links to our Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Enjoy excellent career prospects

You will benefit from our excellent international reputation for research in growth areas such as the biotechnology, post-genomic, environmental and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengthen your employability through overseas study

Boost your future prospects by choosing to study or take part in field courses abroad. Our networks stretch as far afield as Uganda, Thailand and China.

Work in leading-edge facilities

More than £30 million has recently been invested in our facilities, such as our Biology Teaching Centre, the state-of-the-art Biosciences Building, the Biomedical Sciences Building and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre. This ensures your studies are fully supported by the very best in teaching and research equipment.