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BSc Pharmacology with a Modern Language / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Our BSc Pharmacology with a Modern Language course will enable you to develop your language skills while studying drug actions on living systems - where they act, what they do, how they are metabolised, and how they exert toxic effects.
Understanding all of this requires studying drug actions at levels ranging from the single molecule to the whole organism.
As a result, our course includes aspects of molecular biology, chemistry, physiology and neuroscience, and you will examine both the actions of current drugs and the development of new drugs throughout the course.
We offer French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin for the language component of the course, which includes a year abroad on a research placement.
Our course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology , which recognises academic excellence in the biosciences and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.
Connect with other languages students
Learn alongside other students taking a variety of language degrees at the University, giving you the opportunity to practice your skills with your fellow students and make new friends.
Placements are available at 25 universities throughout Europe and in China and Japan.
Foundation year available
You can prepare for the full degree course if you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry by undertaking our foundation course first.
Flexibility to transfer between courses
You can transfer away from this course to most of our biological sciences degree courses at the end of your first year or, in some cases, later. You can only transfer onto it if you have completed the required language units in Year 1.
Teaching and learning
The course consists of two-thirds of biological sciences learning and one-third modern language learning (for French, German, Italian and Spanish this will be one-sixth modern language learning). You will learn your modern language alongside other students taking a variety of language degrees at the University.
You will benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning methods that suit the content and aims of each course unit.
These range from lectures and tutorials to practicals and research projects, including the final year project .
Find out more about how you will learn and see a typical Year 1 timetable on our teaching and learning page.
Coursework and assessment
Assessment methods vary widely to suit the nature of the course unit and each level of study.
- Lecture units are usually assessed by written exam (multiple choice, short answer questions or essay-based), which are held at the end of an academic semester in either January or May/June.
- Practical units are usually assessed by experimental report and/or short written assignment and/or written exam.
- The proportion of independent study assignments increases during each year of study.
Lecture units are usually assessed by e-learning activities during the unit and multiple choice exams at the end of the semester. Year 1 contributes 10% to your overall degree mark.
Lecture units are usually assessed by essay-based exam and short answer questions. Year 2 contributes 30% to your overall degree mark.
You will complete a scientific report and undergo an oral examination on your research that contributes 10% to your overall degree mark.
You will be marked out of 110% for your whole degree.
Lecture units are usually assessed by essay-based exam.
You will also take two honours papers and examinations comprising essays and data-handling problems.
A significant part of the year (accounting for one-quarter of the overall degree mark) is the project, which is assessed by literature review and a written report.
Year 4 contributes 60% to your overall degree mark.
Course unit details
This course is modular. You will study compulsory course units and choose some optional units.
Most science units are assigned 10 credits and you will take 120 credits each year.
For most languages, you will need to acquire 20 credits per year, but this can be higher for certain other languages, such as Japanese, which requires 40 credits.
Course content for year 1
You will gain a broad introduction to biological sciences, covering key concepts such as:
- molecular biology
Year 1 also provides an introduction to the essential data handling and laboratory skills required for all biological scientists.
You will spend approximately one-sixth of your time studying course units related to your chosen language.
Course units for year 1
|Academic Tutorials Year 1||BIOL10000||10||Mandatory|
|From Molecules to Cells||BIOL10232||10||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Laboratory Science||BIOL10401||10||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Experimental Biology - Human Biology||BIOL10422||10||Mandatory|
|Writing and Referencing Skills (online unit)||BIOL10741||0||Mandatory|
|Drugs: From Molecules to Man||BIOL10822||10||Mandatory|
|Excitable Cells: the Foundations of Neuroscience||BIOL10832||10||Mandatory|
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Course content for year 2
You will continue your studies in greater depth and continue to specialise. You will also undertake a dissertation.
In the Research Skills unit, you have the opportunity to carry out techniques that are widely used in current biological science research.
Course units for year 2
|Academic Tutorials Year 2||BIOL20000||10||Mandatory|
|Human Sciences EDM||BIOL21061||10||Mandatory|
|Clinical Drug Development||BIOL21302||10||Mandatory|
|Drugs & the Brain||BIOL21312||10||Mandatory|
|Membrane Excitability: Ion Channels & Transporters in Action||BIOL21321||10||Mandatory|
|Molecules and Cells in Human Disease||BIOL21351||10||Mandatory|
|Drugs: Models & Mechanisms||BIOL21412||10||Mandatory|
Course content for year 3
Subject to satisfactory academic performance and placement availability, you will spend this year overseas on your modern language placement.
Course units for year 3
|Academic Tutorials Year 3||BIOL30000||0||Mandatory|
|Project Literature Review||BIOL30101||10||Mandatory|
|Advanced Ion Transport (E)||BIOL31591||10||Mandatory|
|Ion Transport in Health & Disease (E)||BIOL31622||10||Mandatory|
|Neuropharmacology of Human Health (E)||BIOL31671||10||Mandatory|
Course content for year 4
Final year topics reflect the current hotspots of bioscience endeavour and the research interests of our staff, and are constantly being updated.
You will undertake an independent in-depth research project that may involve supervised practical work in a laboratory, or you may choose to work on e-learning, educational, data analysis, bioinformatics or enterprise topics.
Scholarships and bursaries
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Our modern teaching labs are equipped for a range of biological and biomedical techniques. The following are just a few of the techniques you could undertake during your degree:
- polymerase chain reaction (PCR);
- DNA sequencing;
- gel electrophoresis;
- dissection and histology;
- electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG);
- immunofluorescence microscopy.
Our computing facilities include access to over 200 PCs in dedicated clusters and e-learning tools including online lecture notes, discussion boards, lecture podcasts and quizzes.
You will also have access to the University's other facilities for undergraduate students .
As a final year student, you have the opportunity to undertake a project in the labs of our world-class bioscience researchers.To support our research, we have extensive research facilities equipped with high-quality technology.