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BSc Pharmacology (B210)
A-level standard offer: AAB
A-level contextual offer: BBB
See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.
3 year(s) full-time
Part-time study is not available for this course
Current medical, dental or veterinary science students can apply for entry onto the third year of this course.
£9,250 per year, home students
£27,200 per year, international students
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Pharmacology is the study of the action of drugs in the widest possible sense; it encompasses many types of chemicals that affect the functioning of the body rather than just medicines.
For the first two years you will study a number of core units run by the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience and choose others from a wide selection, such as biochemistry, molecular genetics, infection and immunity, cellular and molecular medicine and mammalian physiology. Final-year units emphasise the molecular mechanisms of drug action and take you to the forefront of current research.
In your final year, formal lectures are replaced by seminars and tutorials and a fully integrated programme of activities develops your transferable personal and professional skills.
We use a wide variety of teaching approaches, which are both traditional (including lectures, practical work and tutorials) and innovative; for example our practical teaching is currently enhanced by self-directed learning using computer-assisted packages, such as eBiolabs.
This course is available for intercalation.
Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.Go to programme catalogue
We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.
A-level standard offer
AAB including Chemistry and one of the following subjects: Biology (or Human Biology), Physics, Mathematics (or Further Mathematics).
A-level contextual offer
BBB including Chemistry and one of Biology (or Human Biology), Physics, Mathematics (or Further Mathematics)Find out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
DDD in Applied Science BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, with Distinctions in six specified Chemistry units.Find out more about our BTEC entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6, 5 (in any order) at Higher Level in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations)
International Baccalaureate Diploma contextual offer
31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 5, 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations)Find out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
80% overall, with 8.5, 8.0 (in any order) in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: AB (in any order) in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Mathematics of Mechanics, and Standard Higher: AAABB
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diploma in Science, Biomedical/ Medical/ Health Science or Psychology (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
- 24 credits at Distinction and 21 at Merit or above; and
- at least 12 credits (with 9 at Distinction) from Chemistry units; and
- at least 12 credits (with 9 at Distinction) from units in one of the following subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Physics, or Mathematics.
Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.Search international qualifications
Applicants must also meet these requirements
GCSE profile requirements
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all skills
- GCSE English Language grade C or 4
- An alternative English Language Profile E qualification
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels
More about UK qualifications.
- We only use your information in UCAS to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
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