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Pharmacology, Master of Biology

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


  • If you have drive and ambition to progress into a professional scientific career in industry or academia or onto a PhD, then this course is ideal for you. It provides tailored knowledge, technical skills and research expertise to help you stand out in the jobs market.
  • The course includes the pharmacology of cells, tissues and organ systems and a study of substances that are used for medicinal reasons, as well as those that are used for pleasure and illicitly. You'll study the key aspects of drug action both in practical and theoretical concepts and outcomes are used when considering the positive and negative effects of pharmaceutical products
Why choose this course?
  • Develop the practical skills employers are looking for with a project in your third year and a year-long project in your final year.
  • Work with our internationally renowned experts – they will supervise and review your research projects.
  • Get a Master’s level qualification. Your research project will be assessed and moderated using Masters’ level criteria and your final year modules will be of Master’s level.
  • Be work-ready. You have the option of a 12 month work placement in the third year, which can build upon your practical experience and is often paid.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Living Systems
  • Practical Techniques for Biology
  • Tutorial Module
  • Genetics and Immunology
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Pharmacology.
  • Tutorial Module
  • Bioinformatics and Biomathematics
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Cells and Tissues
  • Experimental Design
  • Drugs of Addiction and Abuse
  • Neuroscience or Physiology
  • Placement Year (Optional).
  • Tutorial Module
  • Honours Project
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Current Topics in Pharmacology
  • Current topics in Neuroscience or Current Topics in Physiology).
  • Tutorial Module
  • Science Communication
  • MBiol Research Project.

                                        Detailed Programme Facts

                                        • Programme intensity Full-time
                                          • Full-time duration 48 months
                                        • Languages
                                          • English
                                        • Delivery mode
                                          On Campus

                                        English Language Requirements

                                        You need the following IELTS score:

                                        • Minimum required score:


                                          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                        Academic Requirements

                                        • A-levels – AAB, including Biology grade A and Chemistry, Physics or Maths grade B; or
                                        • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDD, including relevant Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths modules; or
                                        • 136 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade A equivalent in Biology and grade B equivalent in Chemistry, Physics or Maths; and
                                        • GCSEs – English, Maths and Science grade C / 4

                                        Tuition Fee

                                        • International Applies to you

                                          13900 GBP/year
                                          Tuition Fee
                                          Based on the original amount of 13900 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
                                        • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                          9250 GBP/year
                                          Tuition Fee
                                          Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
                                        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                        Living costs for Nottingham

                                        • 583 - 980 GBP/month
                                          Living Costs

                                        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                        • A Tuition Fee Loan: Up to £9,000 per year to pay for your tuition fees
                                        • A Maintenance Loan: Between £3,039 and £8,200 depending on your household income and whether or not you will be living in your parental home during term time. (Students in receipt of certain benefits can get up to £9,347 per year)
                                        • University bursaries or scholarships: for eligible students

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