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Medical and Pharmacological Sciences BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLSU054

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich or study abroad

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £13,015)

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Overview

A Medical and Pharmacological Sciences degree is one for the curious! It can help you understand the human body and what makes us feel ill.

Have you a passion for science or are you interested in exploring human diseases and the drugs used to treat them?

Following British Pharmacological Society (BPS) guidelines, this course is designed to give you a solid foundation in areas of biology that support an understanding of pharmacology. You will study human biosciences at all levels – from molecules and cells to whole body systems.

Our multi-million pound Science and Health Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge industry techniques.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Royal Society of Biology

Students are eligible to become Associate Members of the Royal Society of Biology.

British Pharmacological Society

Eligibility for graduate membership of the British Pharmacological Society and the Society of Biology. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

What our alumni say

I really enjoy working in smaller groups because you get to know your fellow students and your lecturer has more time to answer individual questions.”

Riyanne Fakir, BSc (Hons) Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, graduated 2012, now Trainee Biomedical Scientist at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust

Course information

This broad-based science degree will suit students who wish to pursue careers in integrative medical and pharmacological science or are interested in focusing on drug development.

It was designed in response to the growing demand for a new breed of scientist who can apply basic science knowledge and skills to speed up the critical task of translating basic laboratory medical research into commercially-ready medical technology and drugs that can be used to diagnose and treat patients. This emerging area of science is known as ‘translational medicine’. 

We apply pharmacology and physiology to topics including diagnosis, understanding and treatment of disease, classical clinical trial design and health outcomes, supported by our excellent laboratory facilities. Core subject areas include: human biology in health and disease, clinical physiology, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics, drug development, bioinformatics, numeracy, statistics and computing, and a wide range of instrumentation and analytical techniques.

12th

ranked UK university

Guardian Guide 2018

Modules

Overview

The first year introduces you to basic scientific principles, using examples of disease processes to illustrate the core material, such as coronary heart disease, chronic renal disease and diabetes mellitus. You will develop key study and research skills through topics including; physiology, microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology and pharmacology.

Modules

  • Introduction to Pharmacology

  • Human Physiology in Health and Disease

  • Biochemistry and Microbiology

  • Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Skills for Biosciences 1 & 2

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

This continues in the second year with greater emphasis on the biology of disease. You will begin to specialise in pharmacology and related areas including physiology, biochemistry, immunology and genetics.  

Laboratory work is a key component of the course, enabling you to learn the experimental techniques and develop the key experimental, data handling and reporting skills required for careers in science. Practical sessions will introduce modern laboratory techniques and clinical approaches to diagnosing and treating disease, while research skills are broadened to include understanding of research methodology and design, medical statistics and methods of data analysis.

Practical exercises will investigate the use of biochemical techniques and their application to the study of drug action, as well as some of the methods used in molecular biology and to culture mammalian cells and micro-organisms such as bacteria. You will learn how to prepare and use isolated tissues to study the actions of drugs, analysing and recording responses appropriately.

Modules

  • Medical Pharmacology

  • Systemic Physiology

  • Biomedical Biochemistry

  • Cell Biology

  • Contemporary Skills for Biomolecular Sciences 1 and 2

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution.

Overview

The final year of your course gives you the opportunity to carry out an independent research project in an area of pharmacology, physiology or cell biology, as well as an in-depth study of advanced pharmacology and drug development, cancer biology, chemotherapy and genetics.

Modules

  • Advanced Pharmacology

  • Clinical Physiology

  • Clinical Biochemistry

  • Cancer Biology

  • Research Design for the Biomolecular Sciences

  • Independent Project in Biomolecular Sciences

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

£22k

Average salary six months after the course (DLHE 2014/15)

In more detail...

  • Exceptional levels of student satisfaction – 94% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Outstanding track record in graduate employability with 100% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Teaching links with the local National Health Service (NHS) cardiac rehabilitation team and with staff in hospital diagnostic laboratories.
  • Extensive industry links with a number of pharmaceutical companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Proctor and Gamble and Astra Zeneca, and collaborative research links with World Precision Instruments.
  • Opportunities to attend guest lecturers from current practitioners in the pharmaceutical industry, laboratory research and other jobs in science in areas including pharmacogenomics, neuropharmacology, pharmacovigilance and drug transport and development.
  • Access to a well-equipped suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you will get hands on experience using industry standard techniques, such as flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography, and confocal microscopy.
  • Research-inspired teaching with input from experts in our Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences research centre, which focuses on the themes of: cellular and molecular biosciences; biological systems, health and disease; and physical activity, exercise and obesity.

Provides eligibility for graduate membership of the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) and the Royal Society of Biology to assist your networking and employability.

Our main study themes are:

  • Human Physiology in health and diseases: The science behind the structure and functions of the human body and the way it adapts to its environment. You will study cause-and-effect mechanisms, integrating comparisons between healthy and disease states. You’ll be introduced to laboratory techniques for the measurement of physiological variables, such as. metabolic rate, heart rate, blood pressure and spirometry.

  • Pharmacology: The study of the mechanisms by which drugs interact with biochemical, cellular and physiological systems. This includes principles of how drugs produce beneficial effects in a variety of disease states how drug action is quantified. The mechanisms and clinical uses of drugs which act to modify or mimic peripheral nervous system function will also be considered.

  • Skills in Biomolecular Science: Equips you with essential professional and practical laboratory skills, including sessions on experimental design, simple quantitative manipulation of laboratory data and the use of bioinformatics resources.

  • Cell and molecular biology: Provides an understanding of the structure and functions of mammalian cells and the metabolic processes that occur within them. You will cover cell division mechanisms, energy metabolism, cell communication and cell defence, in particular looking at cancer cells. You will learn about genetic inheritance patterns linked to the understanding of DNA replication, transcription and translation, investigating complex genetic disorders such as heart disease and dementia.

  • Biochemistry and microbiology: The structure of biological molecules and their functional properties within the cell, including the action of enzymes, bacterial cell structure and growth.

This course can be studied full-time over three years with the option of taking a sandwich year after the second year, either studying abroad or on professional placement in an appropriate laboratory or other relevant setting, such as medical publishing. Past students have undertaken a variety of placements, working in roles involving clinical assay evaluation, pre-natal developmental research and safety testing of drugs.

Our teaching is all supported by an extensive suite of analytical and biological laboratories staffed by experienced technicians. In addition, each module is supported by extensive online material to help prepare you for your taught sessions and to assist with your personal study.

Where possible, coursework uses applied tasks that mimic the skills needed in jobs to help ensure you are attractive to future employers, such as collection and interpretation of drug dose response data to assess therapeutic and lethal ranges. The course also offers the opportunity for industry visits and fieldtrips, which have previously included a subsidised daytrip to look around the laboratories within Nottingham’s BioCity, the UKs largest bioscience business incubator in the UK.

Regular research seminars by our staff and visiting lecturers will bring you the latest issues on a wide range of research topics, like a recent session on pharmacovigilance by Astra Zenica. You will also have the opportunity to undertake challenging independent research projects dealing with questions at the cutting-edge of life science research, which in the past have tackled cardioprotective agents, free radicals and cellular ageing.

Teaching methods include:
lectures, workshops, tutorials, presentations, group and individual problem-based learning projects, and practical laboratory sessions.

Meet our staff

Graham Shelton-Rayner

Graham Shelton-Rayner is a lecturer in Biomedical Sciences.

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The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade. Each module contains two summative assignments which you must pass with an average mark of 40% or greater. In order for you to show your potential you will be assessed in a variety of formats, including traditional timed assessments, scientific report writing, verbal and written presentations, and participation in group activities.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 25%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 45%
  • Practical or project work: 20%
  • Group work 5%
  • Presentations and posters 5%

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Sciences, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 300 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

20% assessed by practical or project work

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The basic physiological concepts, processes and techniques, at the cellular, tissue, organ, systems and whole body levels.
  • Physiological systems within the body and their modification in disease.
  • The molecular processes that cause disease and the strategies that may be employed to combat or prevent them.
  • Physiological integration and control.
  • The importance of physiological measurement and the applications to the investigation of disease states.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Understand the classification and mode of action of drugs and newer biological treatments in development; pharmacokinetics and metabolism; drug design and formulation; bioavailability and the basis of clinical trial evaluation; and the comprehension and interpretation of experimental data.
  • Work safely in the laboratory, demonstrating competence in the aspects of generic and specialised skills required in experimental biology, including experimentation and measurements on humans, safety and ethical considerations.
  • Apply scientific methods to critical analysis of literature, reflection, information searching, and experimental design in the biomedical sciences, including appropriate aspects of information technology and interpretation of information through statistical methods.
  • Operate, lead and collaborate in a team in order to solve problems of a practical (experimental) nature and to provide appropriate solutions.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 17 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of workshops each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 5 hours of laboratory work each week
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week eg. working on coursework assignments.

Medical research takes place in higher education institutions, research institutes, hospitals and industry throughout the world. This international perspective is reflected in a number of modules on the course, which deal with issues of global importance, such as drug discovery and development from natural products; malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and wormy infections (helminths).

The School of Life Sciences offers participation in a range of annual cultural exchange trips to Africa, Europe and the USA. For example, our ‘DASH to Africa’ (Department of Applied Science & Health) expedition helps to raise awareness of genetic albinism and enables students to undertake voluntary work within the African community. Students are expected to demonstrate entrepreneurship by organising fundraising activities to cover half the costs of the excursion and additional costs may apply.

The course provides the opportunity for online collaboration with overseas institutions on a joint problem-based learning assignment. For example, previous students have joined others from University of Seville investigating the prevalence and approach to managing neurodegenerative disorders within the UK and Spain. Our sandwich degree option also allows a year’s work placement or study, which can be taken abroad.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

I have always had a keen interest to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical field and my course has provided the key skills I need to pursue my dreams and aspirations in this field. Studying the pharmacology module has broadened my knowledge about drugs, drug discovery and the pharmaceutical industry, while other modules, such as physiology, biochemistry and cell/cancer biology, have enlightened me in the sciences.

I have especially enjoyed the opportunity to have a one-to-one relationship with all lecturers and their willingness to provide support when approached.”

Matilda Odooba Barnes, Ghana, BSc (Hons) Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, third year student in 2016/17

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU054
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include Biology. Excludes General Studies. DMM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Biology Science related subject. 30 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology at Higher Level. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in Biology units, plus GCSE English Language & Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma.

We will accept Extended Diploma or Diploma in combination with another A Level equivalent.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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English as a Foreign Language: This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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What our students say

From a very young age I was interested in all aspects of medicine and pharmacy. In high school, I was the top of my class in chemistry and biology, and I wanted to continue with a broad course in which I can exercise both my passions. While researching universities, I found that Coventry University was very popular among other future students in Romania and my hometown, but also the friendly atmosphere on campus and with staff and students seemed to stand out.

I was attracted by the variety of modules; the subjects included cellular biology, biochemistry, complete anatomy and physiology, and many more surrounding domains such as microbiology, cancer biology, genetics, bioinformatics. This course has prepared me with the knowledge to pursue many options, either medicine, an academic career, medical research or industry.”

Alexandra Burdujan, Romania, BSc (Hons) Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, third year student in 2016/17

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £13,015) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say

From a very young age I was interested in all aspects of medicine and pharmacy. In high school, I was the top of my class in chemistry and biology, and I wanted to continue with a broad course in which I can exercise both my passions. While researching universities, I found that Coventry University was very popular among other future students in Romania and my hometown, but also the friendly atmosphere on campus and with staff and students seemed to stand out.

I was attracted by the variety of modules; the subjects included cellular biology, biochemistry, complete anatomy and physiology, and many more surrounding domains such as microbiology, cancer biology, genetics, bioinformatics. This course has prepared me with the knowledge to pursue many options, either medicine, an academic career, medical research or industry.”

Alexandra Burdujan, Romania, BSc (Hons) Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, third year student in 2016/17

Career prospects

This course is specifically designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required for a career in a range of sectors in a variety of roles in companies and organisations in both the UK and abroad. In addition to discipline specific theory and practical laboratory competence, you will also develop transferrable skills in digital fluency, numeracy, communication and teamwork.

A large number of medical scientists are employed by companies in the pharmaceutical industry, where they are involved in discovering and developing drugs and carrying out clinical trials. 

Medical scientists may also work for contract research organisations (CROs) or academic departments within universities on research projects. There are also opportunities within government laboratories (including environmental agencies), charity-funded research organisations, such as the Medical Research Council (MRC), and with other research institutes. 

The scientific knowledge and skills you acquire during the course can be a useful basis for a career in: teaching; technical and scientific writing (such as medical writing or writing for the media); clinical trials; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; medical publishing or other information services; regulatory affairs or sales and marketing. Opportunities also exist for postgraduate study upon completion of the course, at both masters and PhD level.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

94%

satisfaction for the quality of this course.

National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Where our graduates work

Our graduates have gone on to careers in drug discovery and development, clinical trials development and governance within the pharmaceutical industry and university and hospital departments. Recent examples include working as a regulatory strategist and trials manager for Pfizer, as an education administrator for Education for Health and as activities coordinator for the TLC group.

95%

of our graduates are employed or in further study (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

What our students say

From a very young age I was interested in all aspects of medicine and pharmacy. In high school, I was the top of my class in chemistry and biology, and I wanted to continue with a broad course in which I can exercise both my passions. While researching universities, I found that Coventry University was very popular among other future students in Romania and my hometown, but also the friendly atmosphere on campus and with staff and students seemed to stand out.

I was attracted by the variety of modules; the subjects included cellular biology, biochemistry, complete anatomy and physiology, and many more surrounding domains such as microbiology, cancer biology, genetics, bioinformatics. This course has prepared me with the knowledge to pursue many options, either medicine, an academic career, medical research or industry.”

Alexandra Burdujan, Romania, BSc (Hons) Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, third year student in 2016/17
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.