BSc Pharmacology with a Year in Industry
Develop the knowledge and skills to work as a pharmacologist within the pharmaceutical or life sciences industries with our new BSc Pharmacology with a Year in Industry.
This course has been designed to align with the British Pharmacological Society's core curricula and was developed with the needs of the pharmaceutical industry in mind.
- Study the principles of drug action and molecular targets.
- Learn about drug design and delivery.
- Learn the key mathematical principles and skills required in the industry. This includes statistical analysis as well as handling and analysing big data sets.
- Understand the role of pharmacology in marketing, registration and clinical trials of medicines.
Reading is one of the UK's top 25 universities for pharmacy and pharmacology (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2024), 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. In the National Student Survey 2023, 93% of our students agreed our teaching staff were good or very good at explaining things (92.56% of respondents studying in the School of Pharmacy).
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.
According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, pharmacology has, on average, the fifth biggest impact on lifetime earnings of any degree subject. A specialist degree like pharmacology allows you to explore exciting career paths such as drug discovery, development and marketing, regulatory affairs, product registration, and clinical trials, setting it apart from general biomedical science courses. Britton, J et al.,2020, The impact of undergraduate degrees on lifetime earnings.
During your studies, you’ll use our purpose-built suite of teaching laboratories and have access to our research facility. These include:
- Laboratories to study organ bath pharmacology
- tissue culture suites
- multi-mode microplate readers (absorbance, fluorescence, luminescence)
- multicolour flow cytometry
- real-time PCR.
You'll also study in our new £60m Health and Life Sciences Building, which offers state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, and plenty of study and social space.
Our BSc Pharmacology with a Year in Industry course will not result in qualification to work as a pharmacist. Please refer to our MPharm Pharmacy or MPharm Pharmacy with Preparatory Year courses if this is the route you wish to follow.