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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


Medical Pharmacology (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Study pharmacology at the School of Medicine in Cardiff, one of the top 5 universities in the UK for research excellence.

Studying Pharmacology here at Cardiff has been the most rewarding four years of education I've ever had, and I feel incredibly lucky to have been here. The degree scheme offers a unique opportunity for students who wish to launch a career in either science or medicine, whilst maintaining an intimate cohort size so you really feel supported by members of staff.
Frank Frayne, Medical Pharmacology student

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.

How will I learn?

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.

I liked how it incorporates clinical medicine and research, with a lot of practical and supported self-directed learning. A particularly unique part of the course is the ability to also do anatomy within the second year which was one of the reasons I chose the course as I would like to do medicine in the future.
Emily Forrest, Medical Pharmacology student

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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Discover the outstanding facilities at Heath Park Campus, located at the University Hospital of Wales.

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.

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.

Pharmacology has shown me the range of medical fields that you can go into - oncology is not something I would have thought I would love so much but there are so many different options and it enables you to fully think through available opportunities for research/medical practice.
Grace Barlow, Medical Pharmacology student

Explore Cardiff University

Your campus experience for 2021/22

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've worked hard to ensure students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out what we've been doing and what you might expect when you join us.

Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, and you'll be allocated with other first-year students.

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Student life

Learn more about our sport and recreation, free language programmes, living costs, learning support and the Students' Union.

Our degree programme and information leaflet

School of Medicine Undergraduate Degree Programme - 2022 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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Contact us

If you have any questions about undergraduate study at Cardiff University, please contact us.

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