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Pharmacology in Relation to Medicine Intercalated BSc 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    This course takes intercalating medical students to honours degree level in pharmacology. It will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of pharmacology - possibly the area of study most frequently referred to during clinical practice. You will also gain insight into the clinical research needed before compounds can be used as therapeutic agents. Specifically, by the end of the course you should be able to:

    • describe the mode of action, adverse effects and therapeutic use of commonly prescribed drugs;
    • explain how research techniques can be applied to pharmacology;
    • discuss a limited number of pharmacological topics at current research level;
    • demonstrate practical skills learnt during individual bench work and have gained further experience in group tasks;
    • outline how clinical trials are organised and conducted, and
    • demonstrate enhanced problem solving abilities and self-help attitudes to learning.

    Previous students

    Students are asked to provide feedback on the pharmacology programme throughout the course of their studies via a variety of formal and informal mechanisms including module reviews, staff student meetings and in an anonymous intercalated BSc evaluation feedback questionnaire administered by the school of medicine.

    Feedback from students showed high levels of satisfaction at the module choices and project choices available. The high level of student support from teaching staff, project supervisors and teaching staff was highlighted.

    Comments included:


    • "Really good programme, plenty of support and interesting lectures"
    • "Very useful for medicine"
    • "Great research project"
    • "Offers development in important skills such as research, lab and group work."
    • "Advanced scientific skills module, and research project gave me important skills for future research."
    • "The research project was a good opportunity to experience lab research."
    • "Practical skills in the laboratory"
    • "Reinforcing my pharmacology"
    • "Good range of modules both in depth and specific"
    • "Excellent support"

  • Course content

    The programme will:

    • prepare you for a career in medicine by providing an up-to-date programme of study centred on the pharmacology of commonly prescribed drugs;
    • provide an opportunity for you to select topics for advanced study;
    • provide experience of laboratory work and further develop transferable skills;
    • manage student progress effectively and provide support and guidance where appropriate, and
    • encourage staff-student rapport in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

    Research projects

    Students can apply for, or may be offered, projects in any area of Biomedical Science (e.g. pharmacology, human physiology, neuroscience, etc) but here are some example titles of projects offered recently by members of the Pharmacology programme team:


    • Brain biochemical analysis of mouse models of neuropsychiatric disease
    • Using cAMP accumulation as a measure of efficacy
    • Molecular properties of cloned human ion channels
    • Calcium-permeable ion channels in liver cancer cells
    • Role of ion channels in pancreatic beta cell death and insulin secretion
    • Assessment of schizophrenia-related behavioural deficits in mutant mice

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Chemotherapy 10 credits
    • Advanced Scientific Skills 20 credits
    • Advanced Topics in Pharmacology I 20 credits
    • Research Project in Biomedical Sciences 40 credits
    • Medical Pharmacology 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Pharmacology in Relation to Medicine BSc in the course catalogue

    Assessment

    Teaching will be through lectures, practical classes, seminars, small group teaching, tutorials and a research project. Assessment is similarly varied, including in-course assessment (formative and summative) and written examinations. The in course assessment exercises include tests of practical skills, essay writing, data manipulation and problem solving. The research project will be assessed throughout the project and on the final written report. Degree classification will be based upon the marks obtained in each of the component modules, with the appropriate credit weighting applied.


  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements


    Successful completion of the first two years of an MBChB programme at UK Universities or international equivalent.
    For international students proof of English Language proficiency will be required. In line with undergraduate medicine we require a minimum of English GCSE grade B or IELTS 7.5.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    How to apply

    Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

    Fees

    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    The course is designed to give you a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding year which will add significantly to your skills, knowledge, and enhance your career opportunities on graduation.

    The course allows full integration with existing science based BSc courses and the chance of a substantive research project.

    In addition to providing subject-specific knowledge, we equip you with the best possible skills for future careers. There is a strong emphasis on practical based teaching, small group teaching, online learning and problem solving. You will gain a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. You will be ideally placed to focus on your personal development and make the most of your intercalating year.