Dr Christopher Threapleton is a lecturer on St George's Clinical Pharmacology BSc . Below, Chris outlines what students enrolling on the course through Clearing can expect.
“The Clinical Pharmacology BSc at St George's is the first of its kind in the UK because we have taken great care to work out exactly what employers are looking for from graduate students. Our course not only provides students with the essential knowledge about pharmacology and the human body, it also teaches them the skills necessary to become a clinical pharmacologist.
“You will learn how to run experiments both in the lab and on human volunteers, collect and analyse your findings and confidently communicate your results. We believe in mixing traditional styles of learning, like lectures, with more modern, active learning styles, such as discussion groups, experiments and data handling workshops.
“You will also learn important clinical skills, such as how to take blood samples, measure vital signs and perform immediate life support for sick patients, which are crucial when running clinical trials. We have good links to the pharmaceutical industry and you will have opportunities to complete work placements, to learn first-hand how drugs are developed from chemicals in the lab into medicines that we take.
“I've worked at St George's for the last two years and I love it! We have a vibrant mix of people from all backgrounds with a really friendly atmosphere and the university is really receptive to new ideas. St George's is different from other universities. We specialise in healthcare, science and medicine, and share a site with St George's Hospital (which you may have seen on Channel 4's 24 Hours in A&E ) . During your time with us you will get to spend time in the hospital to see how the healthcare system works and how we make decisions about which medicines to give to patients.
“If you are interested in science, want to get hands-on by designing and running your own experiments and are curious to find out how things work, then consider a career as a clinical pharmacologist. And, whatever your plans at graduation, we will help guide you through the start of an exciting and varied career.”