BSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery with Foundation Year


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Degree of Bachelor of Science



UCAS Course Code
8B21
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CCC (2019/0 entry) See All Requirements
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Key facts

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How can we support an ageing population and fight the increasing number of cases of diseases such as cancer? How can we help the one in four people suffering from mental health issues? These are just some of the challenges you’ll explore on our pharmacology and drug discovery degree. You’ll be able to apply your passion for chemistry and biology and put it to use for the good of human health, developing the life-changing medicines of the future.

Our research-rich environment is pivotal to our course, which has been designed to prepare you for a career at the forefront of pharmaceutical research.

If you don't yet have the knowledge or grades required for our BSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery, our foundation year is designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge, giving you a firm grounding in chemistry, biology and mathematics, as well as introducing key concepts of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry.

Overview

Pharmacology is the study of drugs and their effects on living organisms. You’ll examine the way drugs work to combat disease and, combined with drug discovery, you will learn how new drugs are designed, synthesised and manufactured. The Pharmacology Drug Discovery programme is the only BSc of its type in the UK and is innovative in it’s multidisciplinary approach.

The course brings together scientific disciplines - biology, chemistry and physical sciences – around the context of disease and medicines.  Within integrated modules, you’ll learn about the major diseases and science behind the drugs used to treat them. We also include business studies to provide you with an understanding of management practice focussed around the pharmaceutical industry; vital tools to working in today’s corporate world.

You’ll be taught by academic researchers including pharmacologists, cell biologists, medicinal and pharmaceutical chemists, whose own research is in pharmacology and drug discovery.  The course is designed to inform and inspire your journey to becoming a researcher in the pharmaceutical sciences.  For example, in practical classes you’ll gain experience of synthetic medicinal chemistry as well as techniques in current molecular pharmacology – the techniques used in the discovery of new medicines.  You’ll learn about designing experiments and how to write reports in the form of a scientific papers.  A highlight of the course will be performing your own original research in an individual project carried out within an active research laboratory.   

Course Structure

Your foundation year will equip you with all the chemistry, biology and mathematics skills you need to thrive on the BSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery.

Alongside your chemistry, biology and mathematics studies you’ll also study pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and drug delivery. On successful completion of your Foundation Year you’ll progress to our three-year degree course.

For the years of study beyond the Foundation Year, please see the BSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery course pages.

Teaching and Learning

You’ll be taught utilising a range of innovative teaching methods, so as well and lectures, tutorials and practical classes, there’ll be case studies, problem-based learning, team-based learning and research and business management projects.  In student-led learning you will give presentations including producing posters and videos.

In the laboratory you’ll carry out experiments based on the subjects covered in the lecture programme.  The sessions will be supervised by your lecturers and postgraduate student demonstrators, who’ll ensure the safe execution of the experiments and discuss the theory behind them. New state-of-the-art teaching laboratories are due to open at UEA in 2019.

Assessment

You’ll experience a variety of assessment methods throughout the course, which we’ll prepare you for with guidance and formative assessments (where you get feedback on your work before submitting the final piece). And we’ll provide you with detailed feedback to ensure you continue to achieve your full potential.

After the course

Once you successfully finish your Foundation Year you will go straight onto the BSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery.

You’ll graduate ready to pursue a career in drug design or development, within academia, the health sector or industry.

You could also choose a broader life science career, for example with a grant-funding body, charity, learned society or in academia, regulatory affairs or publishing.

We embed employability skills throughout the course with sessions developing CVs, interview techniques, presentation skills, team-working, research and business skills.

For entrepreneurial students who, in the future, want to turn their work into a business, there are dedicated facilities on the Norwich Research Park, with state-of-the-art lab and office spaces right on our doorstep.

Career destinations

Examples of careers that you could enter include:

  • Research scientist in industry or university
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Degree would also be useful for:
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Medical sales representative
  • Patent attorney
  • Regulatory affairs officer
  • Science writer
  • Toxicologist

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits

FURTHER BIOLOGY

The topics covered will give you a basic grounding in biological processes including the fundamental characteristics of living things; basic metabolic processes; an understanding of evolution and knowledge of the levels of biological organisation with some focus given to organ systems. This module also gives you the opportunity to develop key transferable skills such as lab skills, report writing, assignment preparation, researching and evaluating evidence, giving and responding to presentations.

BIO-3001B

20

FURTHER CHEMISTRY

A course in chemistry intended to take you to the level required to begin a relevant degree in the Faculty of Science. The module will help you to develop an understanding of: reactions of functional groups in organic chemistry; basic thermodynamics; spectroscopic techniques; transition metal chemistry and practical laboratory skills.

CHE-3003B

20

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY AND DRUG DISCOVERY

This foundation year module will introduce you to basic principles of pharmacology and drug discovery.

PHAP3004Y

20

INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

The topics covered on the module will give you a basic grounding in biological processes including the fundamental characteristics of living things; basic metabolic processes; an understanding of evolution and knowledge of the levels of biological organisation with some focus given to organ systems. This module also gives you the opportunity to develop key transferable skills which may include lab skills, report writing, assignment preparation, researching and evaluating evidence, giving and responding to presentations.

BIO-3002A

20

INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY

A module designed for you, if you are on a Science Faculty degree with a Foundation Year or Medicine with a Foundation Year. You will receive an introduction to the structure and electronic configuration of the atom. You will learn how to predict the nature of bonding given the position of elements in the periodic table and therefore. You will be introduced to the chemistry of key groups of elements. You will become familiar with key measures such as the mole and the determination of concentrations. The module includes laboratory work. No prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed.

CHE-3004A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students will be assigned to the relevant mathematics module based on their previous qualifications.

Name Code Credits

BASIC MATHEMATICS I

Taught by lectures and seminars to bring students from Maths GCSE towards A-level standard, this module covers several algebraic topics including functions, polynomials and quadratic equations. Trigonometry is approached both geometrically up to Sine and Cosine Rule and as a collection of waves and other functions. The main new topic is Differential Calculus including the Product and Chain Rules. We will also introduce Integral Calculus and apply it to areas. Students should have a strong understanding of GCSE Mathematics.

MTHB3001A

20

INTRODUCTORY MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS

You will study some AS level Maths material that is particularly relevant for studying science at degree level. This course is for you if you have studied Maths at GCSE level, gaining a grade 4-6, B/C or equivalent and/or more than two years ago.

CHE-3005A

20

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CELLULAR PHARMACOLOGY

You will be introduced to fundamental cellular structure, function and processes involved in cell life cycles (cell growth and cell death). You will cover intracellular signalling pathways and different forms of cellular communication (inter-cellular signalling). The module will introduce fundamental principles of molecular biology, including nucleic acids, genes, transcription and translation, plus the application of human genomics and bioinformatics in medicine. You will learn the basic principles of receptor pharmacology, drug binding and drug actions, including major classification of receptors covering five major receptor families for pharmaceuticals. Specialised cells and receptors will be highlighted including neurons and electrical signalling.

PHAP4006Y

30

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (2)

How are businesses organised and managed? This module helps non-Norwich Business School students explore the dynamic and ever-changing world of business and provides insights into the managerial role. You'll explore the business environment, key environmental drivers and the basic functions of organisations. There will be a review of how organisations are managed in response to various environmental drivers. You will consider some of the current issues faced by every organisation, such as business sustainability, corporate responsibility and internationalisation. This module is designed to provide an overview of the corporate world for non-business specialists, so no previous knowledge of business or business management is required for this module. General business concepts are introduced in lectures and applied in a practical manner during seminars. By the end of this module, you will be able to understand and apply key business concepts and employ a number of analytical tools to help explore the business environment, industry structure and business management. You will be assessed through a range of assignments, for example an individual piece of coursework, group work and an exam. Therefore, the module reinforces fundamental study skills development through a combination of academic writing, presentational skills, teamwork and the practical application of theory. Core business theory is introduced in lectures and applied practically with the use of examples in seminars. By the end of this module you will be able to understand and apply key business concepts and a range of analytical tools to explore the business environment. Introduction to Business facilitates study skills development that is essential across all 3 years of the undergraduate degree by developing academic writing, presentation, team working and communication skills effectively.

NBS-4008Y

20

INTRODUCTION TO DRUG DELIVERY AND PHARMACOKINETICS

This module will provide an overview of the physicochemical basis of drug delivery, including different routes of administration and the physiological barriers for each route. Essential pharmacokinetic calculations will be introduced to students which will enable them to conduct dose calculations and predict the therapeutic outcome of a range of dosage forms.

PHAP4007Y

20

INTRODUCTION TO MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

The unit aims to provide the student with an introduction to the basic chemical principles that underpin understanding of the bonding interactions that hold drug molecules together, the structures and reactivities of carbon based compounds, and the specificities of drug-target interactions. In the practical element of this module the students will be introduced to basic organic synthesis techniques. In the second semester the unit will build on the students' chemical knowledge and will introduce the student to fundamental cellular structure, function and biochemistry. The biological and chemical properties of each of the major classes of cellular (life) molecules are presented, together with details of some of the essential processes in which they are involved.

PHAP4003Y

30

NEUROPHARMACOLOGY

You will gain an understanding of the peripheral nervous system and explore how drugs can act at neuronal synapses.

PHAP4008Y

20

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

APPLIED IMMUNOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

How does the immune system work? This module will answer that question and provide an introduction to inflammatory and infectious diseases. Exploring these topics in detail, you will gain in depth knowledge of the aetiology and pathophysiology of common inflammatory diseases, as well as the pharmacology and medicinal chemistry of associated therapeutic interventions. You will also explore the treatment options and prevention strategies for infectious diseases.

PHAP5009Y

20

CARDIOVASCULAR AND RENAL DISEASES

Do you want to build upon your knowledge of pharmacology and peripheral nervous system modules and learn about the physiology of the heart, vascular system and kidney? This module will provide you with a detailed knowledge of the aetiology and pathophysiology of common cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and renal diseases and the pharmacology of associated treatments.

PHAP5011Y

20

CHEMISTRY FOR DRUG DISCOVERY

This module aims to extend your knowledge of organic chemistry reactions and mechanisms and their application in drug design and discovery. You will be introduced to analytical and purification techniques used to monitor reactions and assess drug purity. Through case studies, practical laboratory sessions and lectures by speakers from the pharmaceutical industry, you will evaluate and apply your knowledge to real life examples.

PHAP5002Y

30

GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES AND CANCER

This module will provide you with a detailed knowledge of gastrointestinal diseases and cancer. It covers the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, the basic biology of cancer and the aetiology and pathophysiology of common gastrointestinal diseases and cancers. Conventional therapeutic interventions will be discussed, alongside innovative approaches and novel delivery systems. The role of natural products in these diseases will be highlighted. The module builds on pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and drug delivery modules in Year 1.

PHAP5010Y

20

NEUROPHARMACOLOGY - CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

This module focuses on the pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and treatment of common diseases of the central nervous system (including psychiatric disorders).

PHAP5012Y

30

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED DRUG DISCOVERY, PHARMACOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY

This module will enable you to appreciate the development of modern approaches to drug discovery and understand the complexity of the drug discovery process and drug pipeline. Topics featured include advanced pharmacology, pre-clinical studies, disease models, toxicology, ethics and clinical trials. During the module, you will utilise case studies based upon drugs that have reached the clinic or are in advanced clinical development. You will build on your knowledge gained from pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and clinical therapeutics modules taken in previous years.

PHAP6015B

30

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Project management has become an increasingly important approach to management and skilled project managers are in increasing demand across all sectors of the economy. You'll be introduced to the basic tools and skills required to create, plan, deliver and evaluate projects. You will use these tools on a real project. You will critically reflect on your experience in the light of both the developing academic evidence-base on project management and current practitioner debates.

NBS-6018Y

20

RESEARCH PROJECT

Develop your understanding of how drug discovery and development is advanced through research and learn the research and communication skills associated with best scientific practice. In collaboration with an academic supervisor, you'll conduct a research project leading to an expertise or in-depth knowledge in a selected area of pharmaceutical research at the forefront of the academic discipline. Following the project work, you'll prepare a research paper commensurate with journal publication and deliver an oral presentation at a student research conference.

PHAP6014A

50

SPECIAL TOPICS

You will draw upon the investigative techniques developed in your Research Project and build on the knowledge and skills you developed in all modules in Levels 1 and 2 of the course. You will study two (of a range) pharmaceutically-related special topics in depth and develop an extensive knowledge in these selected areas.

PHAP6016B

20

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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level CCC - for further details on how we review your application please see below.
  • International Baccalaureate 28 points
  • Scottish Highers BBCCC
  • Scottish Advanced Highers DDD
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 6 subjects at H4
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC MMM. Excludes Public Services
  • European Baccalaureate 60% overall

Entry Requirement

We welcome applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds.  If you have been out of study for the last three years and you do not have the entry grades for our three year degree, we will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference to gain a holistic view of your suitability for the course. You will still need to meet our GCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements.

If you are currently studying your level 3 qualifications, we may be able to give you a reduced grade offer based on these circumstances:

• You live in an area with low progression to higher education (we use Polar 3, quintile 1 & 2 data)
• You have been in care or you are a young/full time carer
• You are studying at a school which our outreach team are working closely with

 

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 speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Interviews

Occasionally we may you to an interview to further explore your application and suitability for the course.

Special Entry Requirements

Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

IB applicants - UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

GCSE Offer

All applicants are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C/4 at GCSE.

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.

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