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Our teaching methods

You will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops, and carry out an interdisciplinary research project with supervision from a researcher in the Department. 

Our interactive approach helps you develop into an independent learner. 

You'll work with academics across our Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy, Biological Sciences, and Mathematical, Physical and Computation Sciences schools.



We always provide our lecture material online (as podcasts, screencasts or videos) to support our lectures. We also complement this with additional support material including online quizzes and discussion boards. 


Practical sessions put the theory learned from your course into practice and give you the practical skills required to be competitive in the pharmaceutical or life sciences industries. Practical sessions can take place in labs or in our clinical skills suite. 


Workshops allow you to work through topics covered in lectures with your peers. The academic is on hand throughout for one-to-one and group discussions to aid you through the task. Worked examples are explained at the end to conclude the session. 

Our research

Our degree courses are invigorated by the research interests and expertise of our academics. We offer a lively programme of both pure and applied research in a diverse range of topics, including: 

  • Principles of Drug Action
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Key Skills for Pharmacology
  • Maths and Statistics for Pharmacology.

Optional modules

Tailor your course to suit your interests. Our pharmacology courses give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of the subject while allowing you to shape your course to suit your personal interests. 

Alongside compulsory modules, you can select optional modules from across the Reading School of Pharmacy.


Our facilities

Study in our £60m Health and Life Sciences Building which houses state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, and plenty of study and social space. 

You will have access to purpose-built suites of teaching laboratories and research facilities, including: 

  • laboratories to study organ bath pharmacology
  • tissue culture suites
  • multi-mode microplate readers (absorbance, fluorescence, luminescence)
  • multicolour flow cytometry, and real-time PCR.

Why study with us

Gain hands-on experience in our brand new Health and Life Sciences building, Clinical Skills Suite. Benefit from our strong links with employers and be guided through your pharmacology degree by our supportive and inspiring teaching staff.


Meet our experts

Our staff work tirelessly to help you gain the knowledge and practical experience to excel. They are experts in their field, giving you an excellent opportunity to learn. 


Life on campus

Our main Whiteknights campus is set on 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, only a short walk or bus ride away from our London Road campus. The campus is a thriving community that includes a Students' Union, Library and places to eat.