The St George’s BSc in Clinical Pharmacology 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.

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Graduates may consider careers in many areas including:

Industry: Potential employers include the pharmaceutical industry or 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 to 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 product 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.

Information from the British Pharmacological Society about careers in pharmacology can be found here.

Download our Clinical Pharmacology Careers Brochure.

Developing Key Skills

During the first 2 years of the course, students will learn about all areas of clinical pharmacology and identify areas that they find interesting. They will hear from experts working in industry, healthcare, academia and regulation and undertake short placements in each area. In year 3, students will be able to study 1-2 topics of clinical pharmacology in more depth, developing advanced knowledge and skills in areas they hope to work in in their future career. There will also be an option for students 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 students to develop skills required for employment in the science sector. By the end of the course students will be confident at giving verbal presentations and will be able to write clearly in a scientific style. In particular students will be able to explain complicated ideas simply to non-specialist audiences and be able to make a persuasive argument. Students will be able to write all sorts of scientific documents and will have practical skills in doing research in humans and in the laboratory. They 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. They will be able to do a critical review of scientific papers of different types. Throughout the course, students will collect evidence of competence in all these areas in a portfolio that they will be able to show to future employers.

Each student will have a personal tutor to provide support and advice around career development. A careers programme will support students throughout the course, with workshops on topics such as writing a curriculum vitae and developing interview skills. Students will also be able to book a 1:1 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.


Last Updated: Friday, 06 September 2019 15:24