BSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery


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Full Time
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Degree of Bachelor of Science



UCAS Course Code
B210
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ABB (2017/8 entry) See All Requirements
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We are proud to offer this unique course, designed to produce the UK’s next leaders in drug discovery. It combines fundamental chemistry, pharmacology and drug design to give you the expertise and scientific creativity to develop new, life-changing pharmaceuticals.

The only course of its kind in the country, the BSc in Pharmacology and Drug Discovery draws on our research expertise in medicinal chemistry and drug delivery, so you’ll receive world-class teaching in biology, chemistry and pharmacology to prepare you for a range of exciting careers in academia, health or the pharmaceutical industry.

We developed the course in consultation with world leading scientists and pharmaceutical industry veterans. The course is based in our prestigious School of Pharmacy, which is ranked first in the UK for the quality of its research (REF 2014).

Overview

We are proud to offer this unique course, designed to produce the UK’s next leaders in drug discovery.

The only course of its kind in the country, BSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery combines our unique blend of expertise in medicinal chemistry and drug delivery with cutting edge training in pharmacology. You’ll receive world-class teaching in biology, chemistry and neuroscience to prepare you for a range of exciting careers in research, health or the pharmaceutical industry.

We developed the course in consultation with world leading scientists and pharmaceutical industry veterans, based in our prestigious School of Pharmacy. The School is ranked first in the UK for the quality of its research (REF 2014).

What is Pharmacology and Drug Discovery?

Pharmacology is the study of drugs and their effects on organisms. It combines a range of scientific disciplines – notably biology and chemistry – in the pursuit of understanding how chemicals interact with the body; how they modify behavior; and how new drugs can be synthesised and manufactured.

It differs from Pharmacy in that it doesn’t involve a clinical component (prescribing, treating and caring for patients), instead focusing on the pure science behind pharmaceuticals. The emphasis on drug discovery means you’ll learn how to apply your understanding of chemistry and biology to the design and manufacture of new drugs.

Course Structure

Year 1

In the first year you will be given a foundation in biology; the chemistry of the life sciences; basic pharmacology, endocrinology, drug delivery and pharmacokinetics. These modules will lay the groundwork for understanding how drugs work, what they target, and how drugs are developed. In addition to building a foundation in the sciences, you will also take a course in business studies at the Norwich Business School that will provide you with an understanding of the world of management and the key concepts of management practice; vital tools to working in today’s corporate world.

Year 2

In the second year, you will begin to apply your knowledge to individual systems of the body.  These include neurology, immunology and the cardiovascular, renal and gastro-intestinal systems. You will also take modules covering cancer and infectious diseases. You will be taught how drugs are designed and synthesised, and their mechanism of action, while enhanced topics of pharmacology will be learned and applied in a state of the art teaching lab (to be opened in 2018/19). On top of this scientific learning, you will also develop your professional skills – from how to write an eye-catching cover letter and C.V. to interviewing techniques. External speakers from the industry will expose you to real-world challenges and topics in the pharmaceutical industry, helping you to thoroughly prepare for the job market.

Year 3

In the final year, you will exploit your knowledge from the first two years and perform a final year project in collaboration with a research active faculty member. This will include tackling major contemporary challenges in cancer, inflammation, age-related disorders, epigenetics, drug design, and drug delivery. In addition to the final research project, you will have the opportunity to select from further modules covering a broad range of biology, drug discovery and pharmacology topics. Furthermore, you will learn about the toxicology of drugs and how quality control of drugs is important during industrial production. Finally, in collaboration with the Norwich Business School, you will take a course in project management. This course will provide you with key management skills required for your future career, including the ability to create, plan, and deliver as part of a team that manages real projects for external sponsors.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is undertaken by a dedicated team of academic staff, including pharmacologists, cell biologists, medicinal and pharmaceutical chemists, who will utilise a range of teaching and assessment methods to prepare our graduates for industry and/or research including practicals, problem-based learning, research and business management projects. 

Career Prospects

This unique course has been designed for students who are looking to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry or drugs research, whether in design or development.

We embed employability skills development throughout the course, with careers workshops to support developing CVs; interview techniques; presentation skills; team-working; research skills; business skills and links with industry.

We’re also committed to supporting entrepreneurial students who want to turn their work into a business. Thanks to dedicated facilities on Norwich Research Park, like the Innovation Centre and Centrum, we have state-of-the-art lab and office spaces right on our doorstep.

Course Modules

Course Modules

Year 1 - Compulsory (120 Credits)

  • Cells, Physiology and Pharmacology (30 Credits)
  • Synaptics Pharmacology and Endocrinology (20 Credits)
  • Life Sciences Chemistry (30 Credits)
  • Introduction to Drug Delivery and Pharmacokinetics (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Business (20 Credits)

Year 2 - Compulsory (120 Credits)

  • Drug Design and Mechanisms of Drug Action (30 Credits)
  • Applied Immunology and Infectious Diseases (20 Credits)
  • Gastrointestinal Disease and Cancer (20 Credits)
  • Cardiovascular and Renal Disease (20 Credits)
  • Neurology and Advanced Pharmacology (30 Credits)

Year 3 - Compulsory (120 Credits)

  • Special Topics (20 Credits)
  • Research Project (50 Credits)
  • Advanced Drug Discovery, Pharmacology and Toxicology (30 Credits)
  • Project Management (20 Credits)

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB including Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points with HL Chemistry at 5 and one other Science or Maths at HL5
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB including Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB including Chemistry and one other Science or Maths
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry and 12 Level 3 credits in one other Science or Mathematics
  • BTEC DDM in Applied Science
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall, including 70% in Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE Level.

Applicants without traditional A levels e.g. those with Access or BTEC qualifications, if they are successful at interview, will be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year .
  • A Level ABB including Chemistry and an A level in one other Science or Mathematics
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points with HL Chemistry at 5 and one other Science or Maths at HL5
  • Scottish Highers AABBB including Chemistry at grade A and one other Science or Mathematics
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB including Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB including Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry and 12 Level credits in one other Science or Maths
  • BTEC DDM in a relevant subject area
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall, including 70% in Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

A level Chemistry and one other Science subject (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics)

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University in Summer 2016. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have a minimum of GCSE Mathematics at Grade B and English Language at Grade C.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Pharmacy)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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