BSc in Medical Pharmacology


Program Description

Learn about the science behind drugs and medicines, their effects on living systems, and their role in treating disease on our Medical Pharmacology degree course.

You will cover a diverse range of topics, including toxicology, chemistry, genetics, reproductive biology, physiology, immunology, pharmacogenomics, neuroscience, and drug development.

You will develop excellent analytical and project management skills, and learn how to design experiments and plan work programmes.

Why Medical Pharmacology at Swansea?

The Medical Pharmacology course curriculum has been developed following the guidance of the British Pharmacological Society, of which our Programme Director, Dr Lisa Wallace is a Vice President.

A mix of compulsory and optional modules give you the scope to tailor your studies to your particular interests, career goals, or plans for post-graduate study.

You will benefit from access to the state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities at the Medical School, including our research laboratories.

This degree is part of our ‘Medical Science in Practice’ Pathway to Medicine programme. Provided you meet the entry requirements, and have followed this Pathway, you will be guaranteed an interview for our flagship Graduate Entry Medicine MBBCh course.

We are ranked 3rd in the UK and top in Wales for Medicine (Guardian University Guide 2019) and ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and joint second for research quality.

Your Medical Pharmacology Experience

Our academic staff are active in a diverse range of research fields, offering an unrivalled mix of academic excellence and cutting-edge practice.

In addition to your formal studies, we hold research talks at least weekly given by Swansea University staff or speakers from other universities or research institutions.

Our approach to learning encourages excellent analytical, research and communication skills, incorporating lectures, seminars, practical laboratory sessions, independent learning, and working in small groups.

Medical Pharmacology Employment Opportunities

Medical Pharmacology has been identified as a critical undergraduate degree, required to fill the current workforce and skills gaps in medicine and pharmaceutical development.

You could also pursue a career or further study in other fields including academic and industrial research, regulation, patent law, and medical writing.

Entry Requirements

A-levels/Welsh Baccalaureate: AAB-BBB. Chemistry essential plus at least one other STEM subject*

IB: 32-34. Higher Level Chemistry essential plus one other STEM subject* both at Grade 6 or above

BTEC: Typically D* D* D with a strong Chemistry profile

*STEM subjects accepted include Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Psychology

Careers and Employability

Careers and Employability Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) will support you at each stage of your career journey helping you build a bright future.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Advice and guidance on postgraduate study and funding
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.
  • We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.
Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent t ... Read More

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. Read less