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Medical pharmacology

Medicines: How are they discovered and developed? Why do we need them? What do they do and how do they work?

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Why study with us


Student satisfaction

100% of students were satisfied overall with their course


Excellent career prospects

95% of our Medical Pharmacology students are in employment and/or further study six months after graduating


Excellent teaching

100% of students agreed that staff were good at explaining things

Studying pharmacology at Cardiff has been a fantastic experience for me. I have found the teaching and pastoral support to be excellent and the course has provided me with all the necessary skills that are needed to pursue a career in research or in a medical field.
Zoe Boreham, Medical Pharmacology graduate

Find out more about studying medical pharmacology with us

An introduction to our Medical Pharmacology course

Dr Derek Lang, Director of Studies, gives an overview of what you can expect from our BSc course.

With medicines underpinning healthcare, our BSc programme aims to encourage and develop your natural curiosity about how they work.

As a student you will embark on a high quality, in-depth exploration of modern medical pharmacology, with specialised training in internationally-recognised research laboratories. You will be taught by experts from a team of pharmacologists and clinical pharmacologists.

Throughout the course there is emphasis on providing you with transferable skills such as data analysis and organisational and problem-solving skills, making your degree highly attractive to future employers.

Optional professional placement year (PPY)

Between your second and final year why not extend your academic learning to the workplace. This allows you to relate facts and theories to real life issues; provides invaluable employability skills, bolsters future career prospects and imparts a competitive cutting edge in the toughest of work markets.

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Being a medical pharmacology student

You will embark on a high quality, in depth exploration of modern Medical Pharmacology, with specialised training in internationally recognised research laboratories.

The staff are very friendly and passionate about the subject, ensuring you are always kept up to date with new research in the field.
Medical Pharmacology graduate

Continue your studies and become a doctor

Each year up to 10 places are available on the 4 year Graduate Entry Medicine (UCAS A101/A102) scheme, allowing graduates of this BSc programme to go on to become doctors.

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Our degree programme and information leaflet

School of Medicine Undergraduate Degree Programme - 2021 entry

Our undergraduate programme gives full details on what we have on offer.

BSc Medical Pharmacology - information leaflet

Details of our course structure and content.

British Pharmacological Society support documents

The British Pharmacological Society have a large number of useful resources available for download from their website.

Next steps


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