Study of Pharmacology
The degree programme is based on the course-unit system. Students normally take a total of four units each year, made up of half or whole units. (Courses of equal unit value are designed to represent equivalent workloads.) As the first year forms the foundation of the degree most courses are compulsory, but, in both the second and third years, students are given some choice. Most courses combine practical and tutorial sessions with a lecture programme. Practical and tutorial work is based on small-group teaching providing opportunities for informal discussion of particular topics.
Throughout the three years, pharmacology students have close contact with students from other departments. Indeed some of the first-year courses are taken by students from a number of other departments in the Faculty of Life Sciences. In the second and third years pharmacology students often attend the same courses as physiology and medicinal chemistry students.
Courses in each of the first two years of the degree programme run concurrently; lectures and tutorials are usually held in the morning with practical work in the afternoons. Third-year courses, on the other hand, run consecutively in 'blocks', each course being studied full-time for a set period. A one-unit course runs for six weeks.
The progress of all students is carefully monitored by the Departmental Tutor who also advises on academic matters such as selection of courses. In addition all students are allocated a Personal Tutor who advises on problems of any kind.
The major means of assessment is by formal written examination, during May. However, most courses will use some in-course assessment, typically providing 20% to 30% of the marks, based on written accounts of practicals, essays or course tests. Progress to the second and third years of the programme requires a satisfactory examination performance at the end of each academic year.
Year 2: Dr Talvinder SihraRoom G47 Medical Sciences Building
Telephone 020 7679 3296;
Year 3: Dr Martin StockerRoom 408, LMP Building
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