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Biological Sciences (Physiology with Pharmacology) BSc

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2024

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First Year Course Fee

USD 29,145

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Physiology is the study of study of the functions and mechanisms within living systems from the ionic level up to the whole animal. To maintain healthy function, all of these aspects must operate optimally, including adapting to changes in the internal or external environment.

  • . This course will develop your understanding from the ionic level through to the integration of whole systems to sustain life. This will provide a foundation for understanding how often subtle changes can underlie disease, how we are able to treat disease and how future generations of scientists may develop improved and new treatments
  • You will also study pharmacology, which allows us to understand how molecules from outside or inside the body interact with their molecular targets to influence their behaviour. This is key to our understanding of how drugs are used therapeutically and also how they can be abused, for example, for recreational purposes or to seek sporting advantage.
  • The course is delivered in modules, allowing you some flexibility to focus on areas that align with your developing interests.
  • Over the programme, in addition to subject-specific knowledge, you will gain important transferable skills that will make you an attractive prospect for future employers.
  • This course is identical to the first three years of the MBiolSci in Biological Sciences (Physiology with Pharmacology).

What's the difference?

  • At the University of Leicester, we offer seven Biological Science subjects and four Medical Bioscience subjects, all as both BSc (three years) and MBiolSci (four years), plus a Foundation Year option, giving you an impressive range of 23 different courses to choose from.
  • Biological Science covers major aspects of biology and molecular science across a wide range of organisms from bacteria and fungi to humans and plants. All 14 courses share a common first year so you can change to a different degree before the end of Year 1.
  • Medical Science allows you to select specialist modules that focus more closely on the application of biological principles to medicine. All eight courses share a common first year so you can change to a different degree before the end of Year 1.
  • It is possible to switch between a Biological Science course and a Medical Bioscience course during the first half of your first year, but after that the two fields diverge.


  • Citizens of Change 100 Scholarship - Anyone holding an offer of a place at Leicester - 50% fee reduction in first year
  • Science and Engineering International Merit Scholarship - International-fee-paying students applying for an undergraduate degree in the University of Leicester College of Science and Engineering - £3,000 or £5,000 per year
  • Family Loyalty Discount - Any child, sibling or spouse of a Leicester student or graduate - 10% fee discount
  • Media, Communications and Sociology International Merit Scholarship - International-fee-paying students applying for an undergraduate degree in the University of Leicester School of Media, Communications and Sociology - £3,000 or £5,000 per year
  • Music scholarships - Talented musicians/singers at Grade 6 or above - £500
  • Sports scholarships - Students who compete at regional, national or international level - Facilities, coaching and financial support
  • ULSB International Merit Scholarship - Students applying for a degree in the University of Leicester School of Business, starting September 2022 or later - £3,000 per year

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2024

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: AAB - ABB, including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. We may consider two AS-levels in place of one A-level. General Studies not accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB-BBB EPQ grade B. A-level subjects to include two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. General Studies not accepted.
    GCSE: At least Grade C/4 in both English and Maths (if not held at A2/AS-level).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Science diploma with 45 credits at level three, 30 of which must be at distinction
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points to include grade 6 and 5 in at least two relevant HL science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths or 4 in SL Maths, or 5 in Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Applied Science Diploma with D*DD plus five GCSEs at B/5 or above including two relevant sciences
  • Other national and international qualifications considered.
  • Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of Biological Sciences.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • Year 1 is a shared programme across our Biological Sciences degree programmes. This will ensure that you build firm knowledge- and skill-based foundations on which to specialise as you move through the years towards graduation. 


  • The Molecules of Life: An Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • The Cell: An Introduction to Cell Biology and Microbiology
  • From Individuals to Populations: An Introduction to Genetics
  • Multicellular Organisation: An Introduction to Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
  • Biodiversity and Behaviour: An Introduction to Zoology

Year 2

  • Year 2 is a mixture of core and optional modules that will allow specialisation and present a range of options that will complement your core interests.

Core modules

  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Research Topic
  • Exercise Physiology and Pharmacology

Option modules

  • Overall, from the two blocks of option modules below, you must choose at least one of those modules marked .

Choose two option modules from:

  • Physiology of Excitable Cells
  • Genomes
  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Global Change Biology and Conservation
  • Medical Microbiolog

Then choose three option modules from:

  • Protein Control in Cellular Regulation
  • Contemporary Techniques in Biological Data Analysis
  • Genes, Development and Inheritance
  • Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology
  • Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology (with science enterprise trip)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Neurobiology and Animal Behaviour
  • A Field Guide to Evolution
  • Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids

Final Year

  • Your final year of study (or penultimate year if you choose to study for the MBiolSci) will build on your knowledge and skills, providing a focus on areas aligned with your speciality. During this year, you will also have the opportunity to undertake your own research project. 

Core modules

  • Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Cellular Physiology of the Cardiovascular System

Option modules

  • Overall, from the two lists of option modules below, you must choose at least two modules from those marked 

Choose one option module from:

  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Comparative Neurobiology
  • Subtropical Physiology and Ecology
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Gene Expression: Molecular Basis and Medical Relevance
  • Molecular and Cellular Immunology
  • Human Genetics
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Structural Biology

Then choose one pair of option modules from:

  • Experimental Research Project A plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)
  • Education Research Project A plus Education Research Project B (double module)
  • Field Research Project A (Operation Wallacea) plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)
  • Analytical Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list below
  • Steered Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list below

Finally, choose two option modules from:

  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Behaviour
  • Current and Future Therapeutics
  • Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis and Genomics
  • Human and Environmental Microbiomics
  • Genes and Development
  • Conservation and Ecological Genetics
  • Subtropical Physiology and Ecology
  • Behavioural Ecology

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

UK and EU Students 

Starting in 2021 

  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years 
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year 
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. Find out more about scholarships and funding. 

Additional costs 

Additional costs for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed but, as an indication, the following was the case for students who started in 2020/21:

  •  The third year option module Microbial Biotechnology includes a field trip. The cost of this field trip is included in your tuition fee. You will be travelling between the University and hospitals in Leicester. The cost of a Hospital Hopper bus card is included in your tuition fee. The third year option module Behavioural Ecology includes an optional field trip. The cost of this field trip is £450 and is not included in your tuition fee.

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