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.
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.
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).