Reading is ranked 13th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (Guardian University Guide, 2020), and we have experts in pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmacy practice, as well as biomedical science and mathematics, who are all working on different aspects of drug research.
Your year in industry
Gain key graduate employability skills and experience during your third year, when you’ll participate in a placement with one of our industry partners.
During your studies, you’ll use our purpose-built suite of teaching laboratories and have access to our research facility. These include:
You'll also study in our £60m Health and Life Sciences Building, due to open in 2020. It will offer state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, and plenty of study and social space.
Typical offerA Level BBB | IB 30 points overall
Select Reading as your firm choice on UCAS, and we will guarantee you a place should you achieve the lower grade in the offer range (shown below):
BBB at A level, including Biology and Chemistry, or an equivalent qualification.
30 points overall, including 5 in both Chemistry and Biology, both at higher level.
Extended Project Qualification
In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.
BTEC Extended Diploma
DDM (modules taken must be comparable to A level subjects specified)
If you are an international or EU student and do not meet the requirements for direct entry to your chosen degree you can join the University of Reading’s International Foundation Programme. Successful completion of this 1 year programme guarantees you a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. English language requirements start as low as IELTS 4.5 depending on progression degree and start date.
UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK and EU** students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.
From 2020, the UK government may link tuition fees to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
For more information on fees, loans and grants for EU students, see fees and funding for home/EU students.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
BSc Pharmacology is ideal for aspiring pharmacologists. The UK is a world leader in pharmaceuticals, contributing nearly £14 million to the UK economy and investing large sums into research and development.
As well as initial drug discovery, expertise in pharmacology can also be used in areas such as clinical trials, manufacturing, regulatory affairs, patenting, and sales and marketing.
BSc Pharmacology is also excellent preparation for further study at master’s and PhD level.