Pharmacology is the study of how drugs affect body functions in health and disease. It plays a vital role in helping to safeguard our health and welfare.
Pharmacology is a biomedical science that studies how and where drugs produce their effects, from the whole organism down to its individual cells. Most drugs interact with particular molecular components (e.g. specific proteins) within cells. Pharmacology also considers
- the body's handling of drugs
- how drugs are administered and absorbed
- how they distribute within the body
- and how they are eventually inactivated and/or excreted, often after being modified in chemical structure by the action of enzymes found in the body.
The term 'drug' encompasses not only the familiar idea of chemicals as medicines or as legal or illegal ‘pleasure promoting’ agents (e.g. alcohol, cannabis) but also includes poisons such as environmental or industrial pollutants, toxins from snakes and other creatures, and agents (e.g. ‘nerve gases’) of potential use in chemical warfare. The study of pharmacology therefore has important links with a variety of factors affecting health and wellbeing in the modern world.
Modules available at Levels 3 and 4 give progressively more specialisation in pharmacology, with units in Level 4 being taught by laboratory-based scientists who carry out pharmacology-related research at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee, where the Level 4 sessions are held.
This location also enables medical colleagues, who are involved in treating patients, to be included in some Level 4 teaching units to provide a first-hand clinical perspective of the use and actions of drugs.
Undergraduate student Rachel from Malaysia talks about the Biomedical Sciences BSc at the University of Dundee
Our flexible choice of modules means you'll get to study a wide variety of topics. This broad exposure gives you the time to develop your understanding of biomedical science. You can then choose to specialise or graduate with a broad biomedical sciences degree.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
|Courses starting 2017|
|Qualification||Level 1 Entry||Advanced Entry to Level 2|
|SQA Higher/Advanced Higher||AABB at Higher including biology and chemistry, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C)||AB at Advanced Higher including biology and chemistry, plus BB at Higher in different subjects, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C)|
|GCE A-Level||ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C||ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)||AABB at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, plus Ordinary Level mathematics||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma||30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
|34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4|
|BTEC||BTEC Extended Diploma can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences.||A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules|
|SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)||A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit with appropriate Science units||A relevant HND with grade AA in the graded units with appropriate Science units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry||Distinction with AB at AH Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics at SG (grade 3) or Intermediate 2 (grade C)|
|SWAP Access||Relevant science subjects with AAA grades to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology at SCQF Level 6||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|Advanced Diploma||Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry||Grade A with ASL-A Level Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE C|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry||Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C|
|European Baccalaureate||70% overall with 7 in Biology and Chemistry||75% overall with 7.5 in Biology and Chemistry|
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
How you will be taught
We use a variety of teaching methods, with lectures and practicals forming the core. In addition, we use
- computer-based learning
- media / video exercises
as appropriate to each module.
How you will be assessed
All modules are assessed by a combination of in-course and end-of-course assignments. Regular in-course assessments (e.g. practical reports, computer-based exercises, essays and data processing exercises) provide feedback on your progress and help you prepare for end-of-module examinations.
Online assignments are used extensively at Levels 1 and 2, with access on or off campus. Peer assessment is used to promote teamwork and group learning.
Level 1 entry
With highers, A-levels, Irish Leaving certificate, IB Diploma, HNC, etc
Life Science core theory and practical modules.
You can also study subjects from other schools such as languages
Advanced entry (to level 2)
With advanced highers, A-levels, IB diploma, HND, etc
Semester 1: Core theory, practical and outside subject
Semester 2: Biomedical or biological modules
Choose to specialise in the subjects that excite you in Biomedical or Biological Sciences
Bachelor of Science (Ordinary Degree), Biomedical Sciences, or Biological Sciences
Year in industry
Opt to have a year in industry or study abroad
Research project on current research in Life Sciences.
Graduate BSc Hons
With named specialist degree
Extend research projects, research seminars in your chosen area, research skills and planning.
in a specialist subject
What you will study
Typical Degree Programme
Levels 1 and 2
All Life Sciences degree programmes share common core modules at Level 1 that provide a general introduction to the life sciences through an integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, practical work and field excursions.
At Levels 3 and 4 you will study a combination of modules appropriate to your chosen degree subject within the biomedical sciences theme.
If you are reading for a single Honours degree in one of these subjects you will take modules in your main subject combined with modules in other subjects in this group, or combined with Level 3 modules in an appropriate biological sciences subject.
MSci Integrated Masters Programme
Develop your own research project and work for five months in a lab with our MSci Programme.
The MSci Programme takes students coming from the Biological or Biomedical Sciences streams.
This programme provides an additional year of study in the indicated specialisms that is designed to increase your practical ability and employability, giving you focused training in laboratory research that results in the award of a Masters degree.
Based from the outset in one of our internationally renowned research laboratories, you will build on your Level 4 experience but go well beyond it: you will develop your own research project that you will write up in the form of a grant proposal, receive training in a variety of research skills and carry out a 5-month, full-time project in your host lab based on the proposal you have written.
In addition to enhancing your laboratory skills you will develop your ability to think critically and analytically, learn how to formulate new ideas and research hypotheses and develop skills in data analysis, interpretation and communicating scientific information.
Entry to the MSci Programme will be by interview and you must maintain a B3 average at first attempt across your Life Sciences Modules throughout Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 to be eligible.
- MSci Biochemistry
- MSci Bioinformatics
- MSci Cell Signalling
- MSci Cell & Developmental Biology
- MSci Drug Discovery
- MSci Immunology
- MSci Molecular Biology
- MSci Molecular Microbiology
- MSci Neuroscience
- MSci Pharmacology
- MSci Physiological Sciences
- MSci Plant Sciences
The Procedures for managing student applications to transfer to the SLS MSci Programme are available to download.
Students interested in applying for the MSci Programme should complete and return the MSci Application form with their CV by the last week of Semester 2, Friday, 27 May 2016 to Schooloffice-LS@dundee.ac.uk. Late applications will be considered if space is available.
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Pharmacology graduates are employed in many areas of medical and veterinary research in universities, industry and government-financed institutions.
In addition, pharmacologists have not only played a pivotal role in the UK pharmaceutical industry with an excellent record of drug discovery and development, but their skills are also welcome in other fields such as clinical trials, drug regulation and pharmaceutical marketing.
Furthermore, a degree in Pharmacology can be used to apply for graduate entry to study medicine or dentistry. However, it does not provide the qualification to be a pharmacist in the UK, for which a degree in Pharmacy would be required.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
Fees for students starting 2017/18
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2017/18|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.|
|Rest of UK students||£9,250 per year of study. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£17,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.|
Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.
Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.
|Degree||UCAS Code||KIS Data|
|Apply Now||Pharmacology BSc (Hons)||B210|