King’s College London

The Pharmacology Intercalated BSc offers students already on medical degree courses the opportunity to achieve an additional specialist degree in just one year. The course will provide you with essential exposure to the development of drugs and their application in clinical practice. Through studying molecular, cellular and whole system techniques, you will gain an insight into the drug discovery process, and an appreciation of where new drugs are likely to come from. The Pharmacology Department at King’s includes world-renowned experts in a number of research fields including Parkinson’s disease, asthma, inflammation and cardiovascular pharmacology.

For more information, including details on how to apply, see our Intercalated BSc pages.

  • One-year programme leading to intercalated BSc.
  • Strong focus on research and laboratory skills.
  • One of the UK’s best graduate employment rates.
  • King’s College London is ranked 9th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).
  • Option to take non-pharmacological modules from within the School of Bioscience Education.


This one-year course offers an accelerated programme of learning covering the development and testing of therapeutic drugs and their clinical application.

Pharmacologists play an important role in discovering these new drugs and conducting preclinical research to assess their efficacy.

Clinical pharmacology is key to translating these discoveries into new treatments for patients so that they can benefit from improvements in drug efficacy and side effect profile.

Our course offers a wide range of options and you are strongly encouraged to undertake an experimental project. We offer a variety of projects, principally in the fields of inflammation, smooth muscle pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology and receptor pharmacology. ‘Project Design in Pharmacology’ is a non-laboratory based project in which you develop a proposal for the development of a novel medicine. There are also a wide range of library projects.

Members of the Pharmacology Department at King’s include world-renowned experts in a number of research fields including Parkinson’s disease, asthma, inflammation and cardiovascular pharmacology. We have close links with pharmaceutical companies some of whose staff contribute to teaching on a number of our courses. In addition, several members of staff hold senior positions within the British Pharmacological Society.

In the National Student Survey 2018, Pharmacology was rated 94% for overall student satisfaction.

On completion of your intercalated Pharmacology BSc, you will have developed a richer understanding of how pharmacology plays a central role in the development of drugs designed to alleviate suffering and enhance the quality of life of your patients.

Entry requirements

External students must have first time passes for years 1 and 2 and all SSCs.

For more information please visit Kings College London’s intercalation page:

Closing date

1st March 2021