Pharmacology (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

Our Pharmacology (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree is the perfect start to your university studies if you’re interested in starting a career in science, but can’t meet the entry requirements for a traditional three-year degree in pharmacology. This four-year course has a built-in foundation year designed to give you the key skills in pharmacology you’ll need to advance through the rest of the course.

Course details

On the foundation year of your course you’ll become familiar with the fundamental principles of chemistry, biochemistry, biology and mathematics. You’ll learn about the essential molecules that cells consist of and the roles of cells within the body, as well as logical argument making and how to practice safely within a laboratory environment.
  • 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

Our £30 million Science Centre is one of the largest and most advanced teaching facilities in Europe. It contains a Superlab with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities especially for microbiology and tissue culture. You’ll take your classes in this impressive facility and encounter the kind of specialist tools you’ll be using in the real working world, meaning you’ll graduate from this degree with real working experience and the scientific knowledge to build a long and rewarding career in pharmacology.

The foundation year of this course is shared with several other science-related foundation degrees which allows you to study among other students who are interested in various science subjects.

There will be some flexibility to change your subject during your foundation year should you decide you’d like to specialise in another area of study.


Entry requirements

at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)

English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

What the students say

I really enjoyed the Pharmacology course and a huge part of this was due to excellent lab facilities. I found lecturers and tutors helpful, and they were able to engage me in the subjects they taught. I can truly say that I’m glad that I’ve chosen this university and course.


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.

  • Biochemistry (core, 15 credits)
  • Biology (core, 30 credits)
  • Chemistry (core, 30 credits)
  • Foundation Year Project (CPS) (core, 15 credits)
  • Scientific Studies (core, 30 credits)
  • 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)