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Pharmacology (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Typical Offer
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3 years
Course Type
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About this course

How do we develop the next generation of drugs for treating bacterial infection, AIDS, cancer, depression and heart failure? These are among the challenges being addressed by pharmacologists at Southampton. Our BSc Pharmacology degree will prepare you to make your own contribution to this important work.

This 3-year programme will give you an in-depth understanding of the major pharmacological concepts and principles.

These include:

  • the discovery and production of new drugs
  • the interaction of drugs with humans and animals
  • how existing drugs can be improved or repurposed
  • ways to solve the problems of toxicity
  • new-generation antibiotics

You'll refine your practical skills in our state-of-the-art teaching labs. This will prepare you to work with our experts in pharmacology and undertake your individual research project in year 3.

As part of your degree you can also:

  • spend a year working in the pharmaceutical industry between years 2 and 3
  • spend a semester at a partner university abroad during year 2

Practicals which use animals or their tissues are an important part of the course. These practicals follow ethical policies and we'll make adjustments for you if you have valid concerns about taking part.

Foundation year

If you have not studied the required Science subjects for this course, you may be eligible to apply for and enter through our Science Foundation Year.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).


“Studying Pharmacology has given me the essential skills required to be an effective member of a team in both a research and non-research environment.”
Leighton Osbourne, 2016 graduate

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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