School of Pharmacy


BSc (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B210
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Pharmacy

Why choose this course?



The overarching course related aim:

To provide a deep-rooted understanding of the fundamentals principles of chemistry and biology as applicable to pharmacology. The course aims to produce high quality pharmacology graduates with the generic, subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills suited to a career in the pharmaceutical industry or other related laboratory based scientific discipline.

The Course aims to:

To provide an understanding of normal and abnormal bodily function, the biology of disease (aetiology and epidemiology) and the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of medicines and their actions (interactions, abreactions and misuse) and therapeutic uses.

To support students in the development of intellectual and key interpersonal skills as well as subject knowledge that will equip them for life-long learning. To provide skill sets specific to the pharmacologist, and promote curiosity and enthusiasm for the subject.

To encourage the development of practical and problem solving skills, research methods and the techniques and processes necessary for the evaluation, critical appraisal and systematic review of pharmacology.


What happens on the course?




  • Year 1 offers a thorough introduction to the molecular basis of life as well as the biology, microbiology and human anatomy that are necessary for a more complete understanding of drug action. There is also a strong emphasis on the development of useful skills and independent critical thinking which are necessary for your development as a scientist.
  • Year 2 takes a more detailed look at the process of drug discovery and development, both from an historical and a predictive standpoint. You will learn laboratory based skills that are essential to drug discovery and testing as well as the therapeutic uses of pharmacological agents. This will include a detailed look at proteins, cell function and genetics as well as the sites and modes of drug action.
  • Year 3 is where you will undertake your research project in an aspect of pharmacology. This is intended to take up a third of your time and in the remaining two thirds you will expand your understanding by studying advanced modules covering pharmaceutical biotechnology, molecular biology, gene manipulation, bioinformatics and biochemical pharmacology as well as spending time in research laboratories to gain skills in current techniques.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths



The pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors are currently growth areas in the UK and successful study in pharmacology will open up a range of careers in biochemical, medical, pharmaceutical, chemical and related areas. Specifically, graduates are likely to find employment in research and development in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors. Other career outlets are possible and include work in hospital laboratories, forensic science, drug analysis, pharmaceutical marketing and sales and medical writing.

Graduates will demonstrate the generic, subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills that form a sound basis for further postgraduate study and/or research and their continuing development.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This established course equips you with the knowledge of traditional and state-of-the-art drug design and development. We offer an integrated approach to teaching, mixing theoretical knowledge with laboratory-based practical sessions and research projects.

The University of Wolverhampton offers the chance to be part of a discrete programme of study where small cohort size provides a high level of individual attention.

Learning alongside pharmacy students, there is a strong emphasis on clinical aspects of pharmacology, consolidating learning through an evidence-based approach.



At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

1. Apply a range of graduate skills to investigation in pharmacological science

2. Show competency in scientific method: its values, application and extension as applied to the various disciplines which comprise Pharmacology

3. Demonstrate the ability to use a range of laboratory-based techniques

4. Relate the pharmacological actions of drugs to their efficacy in achieving therapeutic effects

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2019 Entry

  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 or an accepted equivalent

Accepted equivalent qualifications: Functional Skills Level 2 and OCN Access to HE Core (12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in English or Maths)


  • A Level minimum of BB or CDD to include Chemistry or Biology at grade C.
  • BTEC QCF Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science with minimum MMP.
  • Access to HE with 60 credits, 45 level 3 credits, of which 18 will be passed with minimum Merit and include Maths, Chemistry and Biology.
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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