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.
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.
• "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"