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 course is assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling you to demonstrate your capabilities in a range of ways.

An academic working with a student (BSc Clinical Pharmacology).

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

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.



Last Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2019 15:51