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Medical Pharmacology

This information applies to the undergraduate BSc Medical Pharmacology degree programme.

The aims of the policy are to:

  • provide a set of selection protocols/criteria for the recruitment of undergraduate students of the highest quality in accordance with the School of Medicine admissions policy
  • select students who are suited to benefit from the educational provision of the course and who can fulfil the objectives of the programme
  • act as a guideline for the Admissions Tutor to ensure that the recruitment process is fair, open, transparent and adheres strictly to the University’s equal opportunities policy
  • minimise inappropriate applications
  • facilitate feedback (especially to unsuccessful applicants)

In the personal statement, the admissions tutor will be looking for the following attributes:

The ability to demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of knowledge in Medical Pharmacology;

  • Evidence of motivation and determination
  • Any work experience that has been undertaken
  • The ability to construct a coherent and concise statement
  • Non-academic interests, which may highlight other significant personal qualities

Opportunities for certain types of work experience and participation in some non-academic activities may vary according to individual circumstances. This may be due to an applicant’s cultural or socio-economic background or for other reasons. The admissions tutor is therefore willing to be flexible about an applicant’s demonstration of non-academic selection criteria. It should be noted that additional information from school or the applicant will be considered particularly in the case of extenuating circumstances.

Method of application

All applications must be made through the UCAS scheme, details of which can be found on their website. Applications can be made either in the English or the Welsh language. Cardiff University is not made aware of applicants’ other chosen universities, but are aware of an individual’s application for other courses at Cardiff University. Applications for such other courses in Cardiff University do not affect the way that an application for Medical Pharmacology is considered in any way.

A level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

A level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate requirements can be found in Course Finder.

Other qualifications

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome, as are those who may have combinations of qualifications or other relevant work/life experience.  If you would like to know the entry requirements for a specific qualification not listed here, please contact our admissions team on either or +44(0)29 2087 9999.

For candidates whose first language is not English, the following qualifications satisfy the minimum requirement:

Qualification Minimum grade requirements
GCE O Level, GCSE or IGCSE in English Language B
IELTS Average score of 7.0 or above (with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, 6.5 in reading and 6.5 in writing)
Test in English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Minimum score of 620 (including tests of spoken and written English)
Internet based test (iBT) 120
Certificate of Proficiency in English (AEB; Cambridge) B
Certificate in Attainment in English (ULEAC) Level 6
International Baccalaureate: Syllabus A1 or A2 (Higher or Standard) Grade 6
International Baccalaureate: Syllabus B (Higher) Grade 6
European Baccalaureate: English as First Language 7.7 out of 10
Test in English for Educational Purposes Band score of 7.0

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, competence in the English language is also a criterion of admission.

Academic requirements

Applications are reviewed by the admission tutors. The initial assessment consists of vetting applications according to whether the specific minimum academic requirements have been met. In the absence of documented extenuating circumstances, applications that do not meet these minimum requirements are usually unsuccessful and notified through the standard UCAS procedure. Applicants who satisfy the initial academic criteria will then be ranked according to their previous academic qualifications, eg GCSE, A and AS Level grades, Baccalaureate points, or degree classifications. Predicted grades for qualifications yet to be assessed will also be taken into account.

Non-academic requirements

Applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements and are sufficiently ranked academically are then selected based on the information provided in their Personal Statement and the Referee’s Report. Each application is reviewed independently. The Personal Statement should indicate the potential to cope with the academic requirements of the course and to complete the course.

The admissions tutor would expect the Referee’s report to provide evidence of the applicant's:

  • academic ability
  • interpersonal/communication skills
  • suitability for the applied course
  • confirmation of the applicant’s commitment to higher education

Professional judgement

The admissions tutor will use the criteria as guidance during the decision-making process. However, places are keenly sought and there is a high level of competition. Places cannot be guaranteed purely on the basis of possession of the criteria and qualities required. The whole selection process draws upon academic and non-academic criteria, and there must also be a certain degree of professional judgement before an offer can be offered.

Feedback for rejected applicants

Following Cardiff University guidelines, feedback on the Selection Process will be appropriately provided to unsuccessful applicants.

All applicants to the School will be invited to a UCAS Visit Day to discuss their application with staff and to see the School and its facilities.

The School of Medicine may interview applicants for its Pharmacology programme.

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration and are predicted a minimum of grades ABC-BBB will be guaranteed a typical offer on the School of Medicine's Medical Pharmacology undergraduate courses. View the University policy on use of contextual data.

Candidates with subjects to resit will have their applications considered without additional conditions attached. Previous achievements (different from the subject(s) to be repeated) will be taken into consideration alongside qualifications to be attempted.

Applications for deferred entry are acceptable and the same selection criteria will apply to deferred applicants.

Transfers with credit from another Higher Education institution

The School of Medicine will consider applications from students wishing to transfer to Cardiff from other UK Universities only where there are compelling personal circumstances supporting a transfer, and where the applicant, (a) meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme, and (b) has achieved a satisfactory level of performance in each module taken at his/her current institution.

Transfer with credit from another programme at Cardiff University

The School of Medicine will consider applications from students wishing to transfer from another programme at Cardiff University only where there are compelling personal circumstances supporting a transfer, and where the applicant, (a) meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme, and (b) has achieved a satisfactory level of performance in each module taken on his/her current programme.