Pharmacology BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

BB92

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course code:

BB92

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLSU228

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

On this Pharmacology degree you will study drugs and their effects on living systems. You will take a multidisciplinary approach incorporating aspects of human physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, underpinned by chemical principles.

Successful completion of this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to contribute to current and emerging challenges in the understanding of drug actions and reactions and the development of new drugs to help fight disease.

At the end of the course you will have the skills and knowledge to meet the demand for suitably trained professionals within the global pharmaceutical industry to expedite the critical task of translating basic laboratory medical research into technology and drugs that can be used to diagnose and treat patients.

It is anticipated that on successful completion of this course you could have employment opportunities in a range of industries including pharmaceutical research and development roles, clinical trials, drug regulation and sales and marketing.

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 biology at all levels – from molecules and cells to whole body systems.

Our multi-million pound Alison Gingell 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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

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

Royal Society of Biology

The course is mapped against the guidelines set out by the British Pharmacological Society and the Degree Accreditation criteria for the Royal Society of Biology. The course is not currently accredited, but we intend to apply for accreditation to the Royal Society of Biology later in 2020.

British Pharmacological Society

British Pharmacological Society

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

Our Facilities

Hospital Ward

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Ambulance

Life Sciences Research

Our facilities include a real ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, and a purpose-built Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. This allows for improved training quality in patient care and patient safety.

SuperLab

SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

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 is designed to enable you to pursue careers in integrative medical and pharmacological science or drug development.

It has been designed in response to the growing demand for a new breed of scientist who can apply scientific 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’.

Throughout the degree you will 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 you will study 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.

100%

of graduates are in work or further study 6 months after graduation

DLHE 2016/17

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year of the course is shared with other biosciences courses (BSc Biomedical Science and BSc Human Biosciences) and provides underpinning knowledge, laboratory and data analysis skills relevant for Pharmacology. This shared approach allows you to appreciate a diversity of applications and roles for biosciences and to gain a broad topic understanding.

Modules

  • Human Physiology from Cells to Systems

    In this module you will consider the key features of eukaryotic cells, their organisation into tissues and organs, and the structure and function of major physiological systems in the human body. You will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, to develop an understanding of human cell and body function and an appreciation of disease states.

  • Genotype to Phenotype

    Our genetic information, its structure, function and inheritance (genotype), and how this determines the characteristics of an individual (phenotype) is what you will study on this module. You will be introduced to the principles of heredity, the complexity of human genetics, human individual variation, evolutionary principles and population genetics.

    The central dogma of DNA to RNA to protein (transcription and translation) will be also be discussed. On successful completion of the module you will gain knowledge and skills relating to DNA manipulation in the laboratory, and the retrieval and analysis of sequence information using bioinformatics tools. You will also examine the ethical issues resulting from increased access to genomic information.

  • Sructure, Function and Analysis of Biomolecules

    You will be introduced the principles and practice of key laboratory techniques used in the analysis of biological molecules. You will be supported to understand and develop a sound appreciation of good laboratory practice, including maintenance of laboratory records, quality assurance, competence in fundamental laboratory procedures and routine calculations such as concentration and dilution. You should also gain an understanding of the use of contemporary digital technologies to analyse and present data effectively, and the format of standard laboratory reports.

  • Academic and Professional Development for Life Sciences

    In this module you will have a series of regular small group or individual tutorials with your Academic Personal Tutor (APT). The aim of these sessions is to encourage self-awareness and self-reflection, to enable you to develop strategies to enhance your own development, to maximise your academic success and also your career prospects.

    These tutorials will allow you to get to know your APT and to develop your skills and competencies. You will start to establish an evidence-based portfolio that you will extend throughout your university studies to provide a valuable resource for future employability.

  • Enzymes and Metabolism

    The role of enzymes as biological catalysts to facilitate chemical reactions within the body will be your focus in this module. You will also examine the role of energy in determining the rate and direction of chemical reactions, and the mechanisms by which enzymes act to lower energy requirements. Enzyme assays and the kinetics of enzyme reactions including reagent and enzyme concentrations, reaction conditions, cofactors and inhibitors are investigated in theory and in practice will also be considered.

  • The Microbial World

    This module introduces you to the different types of microorganisms with a detailed focus on bacteria and viruses. You will consider the structure, growth characteristics and laboratory cultivation/propagation and enumeration of bacteria and viruses, and the role of microorganisms in both human health and disease is explored, together with an introduction to the body’s protective response to infection, the immune system.

    You will investigate control strategies for microorganisms, including sterilisation, disinfection, antimicrobial compounds and vaccines, together with current and emerging concerns such as antimicrobial resistance are considered.

    Laboratory classes will develop key skills in aseptic technique and culture of bacteria and viruses.

  • Drugs, Receptors and Responses

    This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles of cell communication operating in both healthy and disease states, and the mechanisms of action of selected drugs that act via cellular receptors (pharmacodynamics). You will also examine the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs (pharmacokinetics).

    The search for novel or improved drugs involves many stages, from target identification, compound synthesis, in vitro and in vivo testing, including human clinical trials. You will be introduced to this process, including consideration of ethical, safety and regulatory issues.

  • Professional Practice for Life Scientists

    In this module, you will demonstrate your developing laboratory and professional skills and competencies and preparedness for future employment. Workshop and tutorial sessions, involving the University’s Talent Team will raise awareness of opportunities available from this course, placements, short work experience and other enhancement activities and encourage you to create an appropriate online networking profile.

  • Add+Vantage

    The focus on preparing students for successful futures helps to set 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.

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

In the second year there is a 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 you to modern laboratory techniques and clinical approaches to diagnosing and treating disease, while your research skills are broadened to include an 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

  • Pharmacology and Pathophysiology 1

    This module integrates key disciplines of human physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology to explore disease states, their diagnosis within the clinical laboratory, and the rationale, mode of action and pharmacokinetic properties of drug therapies. You will consider four fundamental topic areas (nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems plus infectious disease) and the properties and modes of action of commonly prescribed drugs. Pharmacological considerations such as individual variation are addressed where relevant for these examples.

  • Cells and molecular biology for pharmacologists

    In this module you will explore the activities of the cell that are fundamental to understanding disease states. A myriad of chemical reactions and molecular interactions allow cells to grow and divide, alter their activities and functions, organise into tissues, communicate with each other and ultimately die. These normal processes are frequently altered or hijacked in disease. You will also explore how novel therapeutic approaches are emerging based on this molecular understanding.

  • Essential techniques for pharmacologists

    This module is designed to enable you to develop laboratory, practical and associated data analysis skills that are of key importance in pharmacology, for example to measure drug and metabolite concentrations, detect drug contaminants and to determine pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic parameters.

  • Pharmacology and pathophysiology 2

    You will extend your learning from Pharmacology and Pathophysiology 1 to consider normal and pathophysiology, biochemical diagnosis and management, and pharmacological agents for therapy of disease states affecting the gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine systems. You will apply the key pharmacological principles relating to drug mechanisms and pharmacokinetics.

  • Immunology and inflammation

    The immune system in both health and disease and pharmacological agents which modulate immune responses will be your focus in this module. The links between chronic inflammation and multiple disease phenotypes will be discussed. The ability to exploit elements of the immune system for use as stratified immunotherapies will be introduced and explored in the context of hypersensitivity reactions, allergy and cancer.

  • Research and professional skills development

    This module takes the form of a group based “mini-project”. You are recruited to research teams acting as consultants for a pharmaceutical company. The consultancy project will involve literature and technical research, laboratory practical investigation and generation of a report for the company. You apply for roles within the teams and successful appointment to the chosen project team will be determined by interview.

    During the project you are expected at all times to demonstrate professional behaviours and conduct, collaborative team working, leadership and time management skills. Your team will consider topics such as intellectual property, confidentiality and commercial application of research findings. The literature review, experimental planning, data analysis and critical evaluation, plus logistical considerations will help you to tackle your final year capstone project.

  • Add+Vantage

    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.

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.

If you wish to do so, you can opt to take the Professional Work placement module or the Study abroad module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course.*

Modules

  • Professional work placement

  • Study abroad

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 applied pharmacology, cancer biology, chemotherapy and genetics.

Modules

  • Cancer biology and therapeutics

    Cancer is one of humanity’s greatest health challenges and it is estimated there will be 27.5 million new cases of cancer each year by 2040. Consequently, the development of anti-cancer therapies in order to improve the clinical management of cancers has been a central objective of the pharmaceutical industry and the focus of worldwide research efforts. In this module you will review the multiple oncogenic processes that allow cancer to arise, including consideration of emerging cancer hallmarks of metabolic adaptation, immune system evasion and the importance of the tumour microenvironment.

    Advances in understanding of molecular oncology has enabled the generation of rationally designed, targeted therapies which selectively interfere with discrete oncogenic effectors. You will cover this new generation of therapies for specific cancers and compare them to traditional cytotoxic chemotherapeutics. Particular focus will also be given to new concepts that break away from traditional therapeutic approaches by targeting the non-malignant, rather than malignant, cell components within tumours.

  • Advanced topics in cardiovascular and neuropharmacology

    During this module you will consider two key areas which present contemporary pharmacological challenges. Cardiovascular conditions, heart disease and stroke are still major disease concerns globally. Events occurring in the brain are complex and, in some cases, still poorly understood. In this module you will consider the current challenges in cardiovascular and neuropharmacology and explore the potential opportunities and barriers to future developments.

  • Synoptic assessment in pharmacology

    This is an assessment only module which will consolidate your learning from Cancer Biology and Therapeutics and Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular and Neuropharmacology. The module will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of current pharmacological challenges in these key disease areas.

  • Research design in pharmacology

    In this module, you will prepare for your final year research project. You will be supported through the process of defining your research question, planning your investigation and considering the most appropriate data analysis methods. The module will enhance your skills in literature searching, experimental design, scientific writing, data processing and statistical analysis. You will submit a proposal for ethical and health and safety approval, and to address key aspects of project design, management and logistics.

  • Drug development: Past, present and future

    You will discuss drug development processes, indicating how these have evolved from ancient times to the current day and beyond. Starting with pharmacognosy (medicinal drugs obtained from plants or other natural sources) and pre-industrial drug discovery. Throughout the module you will go on to consider stages of the process including target identification, in vivo and in vitro drug screening, testing of large and small molecule compounds, compound optimisation, clinical trials and marketing. You will then consider recent breakthrough technologies, the impact of genomics in the development of personalised therapies and what future developments may yield.

  • Toxicology, addiction and abuse

    Drug abuse concerns the use of particular chemicals for pleasure or reward. Users of these chemicals may become dependent and suffer long term consequences for health and well-being. The scale of drug abuse worldwide affects hundreds of millions of individuals, putting pressure on health and social care resources. In addition, addiction to prescription medication is recognised as a growing concern. In this module you will explore the physiological mechanisms leading to drug addiction, the mechanisms of action and consequences of prolonged drug use, and strategies for detoxification and future avoidance. You will also consider the role of the toxicology laboratory in monitoring prescribed drug therapies and management of accidental or deliberate overdose and ensuring the quality and safety of medication.

  • Independent research project in pharmacology

    The aim of this module is to enable you to conduct a piece of investigative research, which may be laboratory or non-laboratory based, in a specialised area of Pharmacology. This module follows from Research Design for Pharmacology and you implement your research proposals in this module. The variety and scope of projects allows you to pursue your own interests, potentially linked to future career aspirations, and to integrate prior skills and knowledge. You are supported and guided by your supervisor, but are encouraged to develop independence of thought, and the ability and confidence to adapt and evolve your research ideas, based on reflective practice.

  • Add+Vantage

    The focus on preparing students for successful futures helps to set 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.

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.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

£22k

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

In more detail...

  • 96% of students agreed staff are good at explaining things - NSS 2019.
  • Outstanding track record in graduate employability with 100% of graduates of this course in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2016/17).
  • 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 AstraZeneca, and collaborative research links with World Precision Instruments.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.
  • 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.
  • Research-inspired teaching with input from experts in our Applied Biological and

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 placement or study abroad 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 (subject to additional costs and availability).
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 AstraZenica. 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.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.”

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, tests, essays, formal examinations, practical or project work, group work, presentations and posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The basic pharmacological and 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: workshops each week.
  • Medium group teaching: laboratory work each week
  • Large group teaching: lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. working on coursework assignments. The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials

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 including treatments for  malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and worm infections (helminths).

The School of Life Sciences offers participation in a range of annual cultural exchange trips to Africa, Europe and the USA (subject to additional costs, availability and meeting any applicable visa requirements). 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 and the differing policies with regard to legal highs within the UK and Spain. Our sandwich degree option also allows a year’s work placement or study, which can be taken abroad.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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


12

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

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 2020

£9,250 (per year)


January 2021

£9,250 (per year)


UK 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 2020

£9,250 (per year)


January 2021

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£15,100 (per year)


January 2021

£15,100 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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 career options 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 successful 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.

100%

of our graduates are employed or in further study six months after finishing the course (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 and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.