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Three years, full time

UCAS deadline

15 January 2020


B210, institution code S49

UK, EU and non-EU (international) citizens may apply

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Clinical pharmacology is the study of all aspects of drugs as they relate to humans. Clinical Pharmacology BSc is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of how drugs are developed, from discovery of molecules to treatment of patients. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to enter a career in the life sciences, working in industry, academia or healthcare, particularly in the development of new medicines.

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Home (UK/EU) tuition fees

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*Tuition fees for Home (UK/EU) students are determined by UK Government Policy. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and subject to maximum regulated fee rates set by the UK Government.

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*Tuition fees for international students are set by St George’s University of London. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and will not normally increase by more than 5% each year, except when the rate of inflation is significantly more than that projected in the preceding year.

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  • Exciting learning environment where science meets healthcare on a campus shared between the university and one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals.

  • Course designed with the advice of employers that will prepare you for the world of work.

  • Learn about new cutting-edge treatments such as biological drugs, nanotechnology and gene therapy.

  • Hands-on experience and develop a skills portfolio to demonstrate your capabilities.

  • Regular teaching from award-winning lecturers.

  • Hear from visiting lecturers working at the frontiers of drug discovery.

  • Optional professional year between years 2 and 3 to develop your experience and CV.

  • Personal development and careers advice to help you find your next steps after completing the course.

  • Students graduate with a Clinical Pharmacology BSc.

With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been awarded no more than five years before your year of application.

To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the GCSE requirement (or equivalent)

  • meet the A-level requirement (or equivalent)

  • meet the English language requirement

  • write a personal statement.

Entry criteria 2020

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5 subjects graded B (6) or above


Five subjects which must include English Language and Maths, and either Double Award Science or both Biology and Chemistry.

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs.

A Levels




Must include Biology or Chemistry.

Adjusted Criteria

If you attend a school or college in England from this list (ie a non-selective state school with an average A-Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) then you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer two grades lower than the standard for the course.

For Clinical Pharmacology BSc this will be an offer of BBC.

You will still have to meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Please note that eligibility is determined based on the school/college at which you take your A-Levels. If you completed your GCSEs at a school on our Adjusted Criteria list, but then undertook your A-Levels at a school/college that is not on this list, you will not qualify for an adjusted offer.

The scheme is reviewed annually, so may change scope in future years.

Additional information


We will consider your application if you are re-sitting your A levels (including AS levels and modular resits) over 3 years. You will be required to meet the standard A level grades. Any re-sit grades will supersede previous grades.

International Baccalaureate


Full Award Diploma


Overall score of 34


A minimum score of 16 points at Higher Level including either Biology or Chemistry must be achieved.

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 5 must be in Maths (or Maths Studies) and English Language, if at least a B (Grade 6) grade has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE/O Level Maths and English.

Access Diploma


Full Award Diploma


60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)


45 pure science related credits graded credits at Distinction and Merit.  Overall 27 credits must be graded at distinction and 18 at merit. Pure sciences excludes Sociology.

Additional information 

You are required to have GCSEs in English Language and Maths alongside the Access Diploma as per the requirements outlined above.

Students studying an Access Diploma need to provide a detailed transcript. All units must be verified by the local Open College Network (OCN).

Other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma 

DDM in Applied Science

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

D3, M2, M2
Combinations of individual Pre-U subjects and A Levels are acceptable.

Scottish Highers

Three Advanced Highers at ABB, including Chemistry or Biology.

European Baccalaureate

Overall grade of 80 per cent, with a minimum of 8 in Biology or Chemistry.

EU qualifications

View a list of the European qualifications we accept (PDF)

International qualifications

View a list of the international qualifications we accept (PDF)

English language


English Language grade 6 / B or above.

Please note: all components (speaking, listening, reading and writing) must be completed and assessed.


(International English Language Testing System)

6.5 overall (including minimum 6.5 in Writing and a 6 in all other components).

You are able to take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year and your test results are valid for two years.

Other tests

Please contact us for details

Non-Academic Criteria

Personal Statement

We are looking for students who are excited by science and motivated by curiosity and a desire to learn. A good understanding of biology and chemistry will provide the basis for building your knowledge in pharmacology. An interest in communication and team-working will help you to participate in the course and subsequently be successful in the scientific workplace.

As a guide your personal statement should tell us:

  • what interests you about pharmacology and what extra activities you have undertaken to support your interest in pharmacology or science in general

  • we are also interested in hearing about extra-curricular activities that have developed your team-working and communication skills and show how you can take initiative.

  • we also expect you to demonstrate awareness of current issues in pharmacology and science.

Please remember that your personal statement should focus on the subjects of pharmacology and science.


Clinical Pharmacology BSc is a modular, three-year degree course. You will study six main topics.

  • Fundamentals of science: the human biology needed to understand and learn pharmacology.

  • Pharmacokinetics: how the body handles drugs.

  • Pharmacodynamics: how drugs exert their effects on the body.

  • Drug development and clinical trials: how drugs are discovered and developed as medicines.

  • Drugs in healthcare: how information from clinical trials and drug development is used to guide the use of medicines for patients in clinical practice.

  • Statistics: how to analyse and interpret research data relating to drugs.

Each academic year comprises 120 credits. The tables below give an indication of the modules you will study in each year of the course and an outline of how the course will be assessed. Note that this may be subject to change.

Course structure

Year 1 has integrated learning involving all modules across both semesters.

Year 2 has integrated learning throughout the first semester (semester 3). This will be followed by study weeks and then exams. After this, students will complete a 4-week research project and 4 weeks of work experience.

Progression from year 1 and year 2 is dependent upon passing exams and course assessments, as well as sign off of a skills portfolio. Exit awards are available after successful completion of year 1 (Certificate in Clinical Pharmacology) and year 2 (Diploma in Clinical Pharmacology).

Year 3 has a modular structure involving a compulsory ‘hot topics in clinical pharmacology’ module and a literature-based research project. Students will choose additional modules to a total of 120 credits based on the interests and career aspirations they have developed in years 1 and 2.

Breakdown of year 3

In year 3, the course will be taught and assessed by modules. Modules are chunks of focussed learning. Each module is allocated a number of credits that relate to the amount of time to be spent teaching and learning on the module and the amount that that module counts to the overall mark for your degree. There are 120 credits for year 3.

Compulsory modules

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Hot topics in clinical pharmacology (30 credits)

This module will look at latest advances in therapeutics through the lens of the clinical pharmacology themes studied in years 1 and 2.

Research project (15 credits)

Students will select a research topic relating to some aspect of pharmacology. They will use the scientific literature to establish what is already known on the subject. They will develop a research question or hypothesis based on their findings and will design a study to investigate their hypothesis. They will write this up as a funding proposal for assessment. Projects may focus on laboratory or clinical science as they relate to pharmacology. Students should select one laboratory-focussed and one clinical-focussed topics for their two research projects (years 2 and 3).

Choice of one or two advanced clinical pharmacology modules

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Advanced pharmacokinetics (30 credits)

In this advanced module students will be taught basic computer techniques to ‘model’ pharmacokinetic processes from human data and learn to interpret these models. These techniques are used in drug development to help select the right dose of the drug.

Advanced drug development and clinical trials (30 credits)

In this advanced module students will develop more advanced knowledge and skills in clinical trials and drug development. They will learn about novel trial designs, trials using high risk drugs (e.g. for cancer), trials using novel therapies (e.g. nanomedicine, gene therapy) and how drugs are tested in children and pregnant women.

Advanced drugs in healthcare (30 credits)

In this advanced module students will learn more about how drugs are regulated and how organisations such as the national institute for healthcare excellence (NICE) and the medicines and healthcare products regulatory agency (MHRA) influence the use of medicines. Students will learn how to pull lots of research studies together (systematic review) and how to interpret data from these big reviews (metaanalysis).

You will also have a choice of one to three optional 15 credit modules from a list of 6 (15 credits each).

At St George’s we offer a broad range of learning environments which include traditional lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, workplace visits and web-based delivery. The modules which make up the course are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling you to demonstrate your capabilities in a range of ways.


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Teaching and learning methods

We will use a variety of teaching and learning approaches to help you develop your knowledge and skills:

  • Hubs: You will test your understanding of each week’s learning and develop your team working and presentation skills.
  • Interactive lectures: you will learn core information and key concepts and have the opportunity to test your understanding and ask questions.
  • Practical classes: you will learn clinical and laboratory research skills in weekly practical classes.
  • Computer workshops: each week you will work with data, some of which you will generate yourself in practical classes and through projects. You will learn how to use data to answer questions and how to do statistical analysis.
  • Workshops: These will use a combination of talks and team working to study key topics in more detail.
  • Drug-based learning: You will be set problems including clinical cases and research questions and find solutions to these in small groups.

Learning will be supported by excellent online course material and a strong teaching faculty. You will have a regular hub tutor to support your learning needs and a personal tutor for general support.

Assessment methods

How is the course planned and assessed?

The topics and skills are revisited several times over the three years of the course with increasing complexity to build your understanding and capabilities.

Year 1

This will give you a good introduction to and overview of each topic and a strong grounding in the skills you will need. You will be assessed by in-course quizzes, an end of year exam and the first stage of your skills portfolio.

Year 2

For the first half of the year you will study topics in more depth and build your skills, ending with an end of semester exam. For the second half of the year you will do a practical research project, build your workplace skills and spend time with employers. You will continue to develop your skills portfolio.

Professional year

There will be an option for a professional year between years 2 and 3 to develop your experience and CV.

Year 3

A ‘hot topics’ module about cutting edge drug developments, such as biological drugs, nanotechnology and gene therapy, and a written research project are compulsory. Otherwise you will choose modules that interest you and support your career plans. All year 3 modules are assessed by incourse assessment and exams. You will complete your portfolio and graduate with a skills certificate that demonstrates your competence to employers.

Teaching staff

Clinical Pharmacology course co-directors are Professor Emma Baker, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, and Professor Iain Greenwood, Professor of Vascular Pharmacology.

Professor Baker is currently the Clinical Vice-President of the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) and is a member of the Clinical Pharmacology Skills Alliance. She is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has received many student-selected teaching awards.

Professor Greenwood was the inaugural recipient of the BPS Zaimis prize in 2017 for sustained commitment to the teaching of pharmacology at an outstanding level.

Other key course faculty include Dr Mark Preece, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, Dr Lila Mayahi, Consultant in Clinical Pharmacology, Dr Dan Burrage, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology and Dr Chris Threapleton, Specialist Registrar in Clinical Pharmacology.

Clinical Pharmacology BSc has been designed with the specific aim of creating graduates who are ready for work or more advanced study in the life sciences, particularly in areas relating to the development and/or use of medicines.

You may consider careers in many areas including the following.

  • Industry: Potential employers include the pharmaceutical industry and contract research organisations. Clinical pharmacologists work on projects such as taking drugs that are proven to work in the laboratory and testing them in humans for the first time. They work on trials in volunteers and patients to find the right dose for new medicines and to test whether they work and are safe.

  • Healthcare: Clinical pharmacologists may work as research assistants or coordinators in clinical trials units or more generally in hospitals and GP practices, testing new medicines in patients. People with a BSc in Clinical Pharmacology are well equipped to apply for graduate-entry healthcare programmes such as medicine or pharmacy.

  • Academia: Clinical pharmacologists may work in university research laboratories, researching disease mechanisms and identifying treatment targets for new medicines. They could also go on to teach pharmacology to undergraduates on BSc courses.

  • Regulation: Potential employers include organisations such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the NHS. Clinical pharmacologists play an important role in pulling together information about drugs and in analysing data and writing reports to support healthcare professionals in making decisions to help patients.

For more information, download our Clinical Pharmacology careers brochure (PDF)

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Developing key skills

During the first two years of the course, you will learn about all areas of clinical pharmacology and identify areas that you find interesting. You will hear from experts working in industry, healthcare, academia and regulation and undertake short placements in each area. In year 3, you will be able to study one or two topics of clinical pharmacology in more depth, developing advanced knowledge and skills in areas you hope to work in in your future career. There will also be an option for you to undertake a professional year between years 2 and 3 to gain direct experience of working in industry, healthcare, academia or regulation.

The course will help you develop skills required for employment in the science sector. By the end of the course you will be confident at giving verbal presentations and will be able to write clearly in a scientific style. In particular you will be able to explain complicated ideas simply to non-specialist audiences and be able to make persuasive arguments. You will be able to write all sorts of scientific documents and will have practical skills in doing research in humans and in the laboratory. You will be able to collect data from human and laboratory experiments and enter it into a spreadsheet accurately and perform and report statistical analysis of that data. You will be able to do a critical review of scientific papers of different types. Throughout the course, you will collect evidence of competence in all these areas in a portfolio that you will be able to show to future employers.

Each student has a personal tutor to provide support and advice around career development. A careers programme will support you throughout the course, with workshops on topics such as writing a CV and developing interview skills. You will also be able to book a one-to-one appointment with the St George’s Careers Consultant to discuss all aspects of careers and employability. This might include investigating options and making career decisions, gaining advice and guidance on where to look for jobs, CV and application checking, or booking in for a practice interview. 

Apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 15 January in the year of entry. There are no upper age limits, so we welcome applications from mature students.


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Application checklist

You must provide the following.

  • Full details of your Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) qualifications with grades.

  • Full details of your Level 3 (A Level or equivalent) qualifications with achieved/predicted grades.

  • A personal statement (more information about this document is available on the UCAS website). We recommend that you include in your statement a recognition that studying for a BSc in Physiotherapy will include practice and study in a number of settings.

  • An academic reference from your current or most recent institutions with predicted grades.

After submitting your application to UCAS:

  • log in to UCAS Track and make sure all your academic details have been included

  • if any subjects or predicted results are missing, email the Admissions Officer with your UCAS number and missing subjects and grades.

Deferred entry

We will consider applications from applicants who wish to defer entry by a year, provided you plan to use the time constructively. If you are offered a place on the course and subsequently decide to defer, you must inform us by 1 June of the year of application.

After application

We will send you an acknowledgement email and letter when we receive your application. Please make sure your email account is able to accept communications from St George’s as we will mainly communicate with you via email. Selected applicants will be invited to attend interview. Decisions from St George’s will be entered onto UCAS Track and direct applicants will be contacted via email.

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Three years, full time

Application Deadline

15 January 2020


B210, institution code S49

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