University of Bristol

Pharmacology is the study of the action of ‘drugs’ in the widest possible sense, encompassing many types of chemicals and medicines that affect body function.

In this course, spanning physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and neuroscience, you will learn what drugs are, how they work and what they do. We will introduce you to approaches used to design and develop new drugs by investigating the effects of substances on single molecules, cells, organs and the whole body. This offers intercalating medical, dentistry and veterinary science students clinically relevant insights to take back into their training.

You will learn about current and proposed therapeutic approaches to treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, neuropathic pain and depression. We will introduce you to innovative experimental techniques through a series of advanced technical workshops.

This course delivers a rigorous training for many careers in bioscience and medicine, alongside transferable skills valued by employers beyond the scientific world. You will leave with skills in reading scientific papers, experimental design, data analysis, scientific writing, biomedical research, presenting and ethics, all of which will stand you in good stead for any career path you decide to take.

The course consists of four taught units and a final supervised research project. The research project allows you to explore an area of interest in much greater detail and is the highlight of the course. It is an opportunity to work full time in a research laboratory for 6-8 weeks to pursue a novel piece of research and will train you to design your own experiments and analyse the results.

Entry requirements

You can study a BSc after two or more years of study on your professional programme. Please refer to the admissions statement on our intercalation website for full guidance on how your application will be assessed.

Closing date

The closing date for applications will be advised on the University of Bristol Intercalated degrees website.