Pharmacology - BSc (Hons)

This course focuses on how chemical compounds interact with living systems, looking particularly at drugs and their effects on disease. If you want to be involved in developing or testing new safe drugs for illnesses, or the analysis of pharmacological data, this practical degree will teach you the key laboratory and analytical skills in our cutting-edge Science Centre and in the classroom.

Course details

You’ll learn about the way molecules act on receptors to produce particular effects in the body, and use this information to understand how compounds can be used to treat disease. You’ll look at examples such as the way antipsychotic drugs are used to treat schizophrenia and the types of drugs used to treat high blood pressure. You’ll also study drug development and screening, as well as how to best analyse pharmacological data.
  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

London Metropolitan University

Course overview

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures and tutorials, online facilities and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art £30 million Science Centre. You’ll complete an independent research project in your final year and also have the option to undertake a work placement in the industry to gain real, hands-on experience and boost your CV.


Entry requirements

a minimum of 112 points from A levels including a C in Biology OR Chemistry, or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credit

English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent eg, Key Skills Level 3)

What the students say

I would recommend London Met not only because of the great opportunities it offers to students but also because the lecturers are passionate and dedicated to forming the next generation of scientists. Additionally, London Met is a vast, multicultural and very enriching place to study; I would definitely recommend it. The course prepared me very well for a career in science and offered me all the necessary tools and opportunities to become what I always wanted to be.


The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

  • Anatomy and Physiology 1 (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology 2 (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits)
  • Biochemistry for Life Sciences (core, 15 credits)
  • Cell Biology (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits)
  • General Chemistry (core, 15 credits)
  • Introduction to Laboratory Skills (core, 15 credits)
  • Laboratory Techniques with Data Handling (core, 15 credits)
  • Human Immunity (core, 15 credits)
  • Metabolism (core, 15 credits)
  • Microbiology (core, 15 credits)
  • Molecular Biology (core, 15 credits)
  • Principles of Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Delivery (core, 15 credits)
  • Principles of Pharmacodynamics (core, 15 credits)
  • Quantitative Analysis (core, 15 credits)
  • Spectroscopic Methods (core, 15 credits)
  • Biochemical Pathology (core, 15 credits)
  • Neuropharmacology (core, 15 credits)
  • Systems Pharmacology (core, 15 credits)
  • Toxicology (core, 15 credits)
  • Project (alternative core, 30 credits)
  • Research Project (alternative core, 30 credits)
  • Advanced Bioanalytical Science (option, 15 credits)
  • Bioinformatics & Molecular Modelling (option, 15 credits)
  • Formulation and Quality Assurance of Solutions, Suspensions and Emulsions (option, 15 credits)
  • Formulations and Quality Assurance of Solids and Semi-solids (option, 15 credits)
  • Medical Genetics (option, 15 credits)
  • Sandwich Placement (option, 30 credits)
  • Systems Pathology (option, 15 credits)
  • Virology (option, 15 credits)
  • Work Placement (for Life Sciences) (option, 15 credits)