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: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 34 / BTEC : DDD in relevant diploma
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Pharmacology is an exciting branch of experimental science concerned with drugs and how they work in the fight against disease.

Pharmacology imageYou 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.

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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.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

367 Year One undergraduates in 2016

UK league tables

92% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Report 2014/15)

National Student Survey

• 93% average satisfaction for our programmes (National Student Survey 2016)
• 95% or higher overall satisfaction for Anatomy and Human Biology, Bioveterinary Science, Human Physiology, Pharmacology (National Student Survey 2016)

Why this subject?

Shape your study with real flexibility and choice

You’ll study in one of the largest Schools of Life Science in the UK drawing on over 100 years of teaching and research experience, meaning you can shape your studies by choosing modules from across the entire spectrum of the life sciences; a breadth of choice unique in the UK. 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’ll benefit from our excellent international reputation for research in growth areas such as the biotechnology, post-genomic and pharmaceutical industries. 92% of our recent graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.

Strengthen your employability through overseas study

Give your future employability a further boost 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

Life science is at the leading-edge of science, so our facilities are too. Over £30 million has recently been invested in the School’s 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.