Pharmacology is the study of how drugs affect body functions in health and disease. It plays a vital role in helping to safeguard our health and welfare.

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Key Facts



BSc (Hons) Pharmacology

Degree Duration

4 years

Pathways Available

International Year Zero

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Start Dates

Degree Overview

This course explores approaches to treatment with a focus on neuroscience, metabolic disease, and cancer – all research strengths at Dundee. This gives you an understanding of how scientists explore biomedical discoveries and develop them from initial innovation to real-world application.

You’ll focus on topics like molecular pharmacology and quantitative pharmacology – how drugs behave depending on various factors.

Gaining an understanding of key theories, from the molecular level to full body systems and beyond, is important to understand the field as a whole.

Your first two years will cover concepts including genetics, cell division, biological organisation, molecular mechanisms, and processes.

You’ll develop practical skills, including laboratory skills, data analysis, and how to design and run experiments. This will prepare you for carrying out projects later in your course.

You will pick modules that suits your interests and can transfer to a different life sciences degree if you choose the relevant modules.

Our course curriculum is shaped by the work of our world-leading researchers to make sure you’re learning the latest advances, as well as gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of the field.

Lab sessions will bring together your knowledge and practical skills, as well as helping you develop strong transferable skills.

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  • This course will be taught by the Dundee School of Life Sciences
  • If you do not meet our academic grade requirements for your chosen course, we can offer you an alternative route to begin your studies. Our international incorporated degrees will develop your subject knowledge, academic English and university level study skills.

Why Study this Degree

Pharmacology graduates are employed in many areas of medical and veterinary research including universities, industry, and government-financed institutions.

Pharmacologists have played a pivotal role in the UK pharmaceutical industry with an excellent record of drug discovery and development. Their skills are also valued in other fields such as clinical trials, drug regulation, and pharmaceutical marketing.

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.