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Hello!
I'm in year 12 studying bio, chem and computer science and I'd like to advice for when I'm applying to uni. I'm torn between Pharmacology and Biomedical Science as the topics seem quite similar. Pharmacology is always seconded by Pharmacy so I'd like a bigger clarification on the two.

There are a few questions I'd like to ask.
1. What is the difference between pharmacy and pharmacology both as their course contents and career aspects?
2. What is the difference between biomedical science and pharmacology both as their course contents and career aspects?
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(Original post by bribriaa)
Hello!
I'm in year 12 studying bio, chem and computer science and I'd like to advice for when I'm applying to uni. I'm torn between Pharmacology and Biomedical Science as the topics seem quite similar. Pharmacology is always seconded by Pharmacy so I'd like a bigger clarification on the two.

There are a few questions I'd like to ask.
1. What is the difference between pharmacy and pharmacology both as their course contents and career aspects?
2. What is the difference between biomedical science and pharmacology both as their course contents and career aspects?
I can answer question 1 as I am going into year 4 of MPharm degree but not 2.
Pharmacy course content is focused on 3 main aspects one pharmacology of drug (how drugs work in our body), chemistry and biology of the body and drugs and lastly, they train us how to become a pharmacist (chemist) and things we need to know and remember if we were to be a pharmacist working in a shop or hospital. Whereas pharmacology student focuses more on the theory of how drug work and their content is more on the making of drugs, the chemistry of drugs and industry and career aspect is working for a pharmaceutical company such as Bayer.
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(Original post by bribriaa)
Hello!
I'm in year 12 studying bio, chem and computer science and I'd like to advice for when I'm applying to uni. I'm torn between Pharmacology and Biomedical Science as the topics seem quite similar. Pharmacology is always seconded by Pharmacy so I'd like a bigger clarification on the two.

There are a few questions I'd like to ask.
1. What is the difference between pharmacy and pharmacology both as their course contents and career aspects?
2. What is the difference between biomedical science and pharmacology both as their course contents and career aspects?
Hi there!

I can answer question 2 but not 1! I studied biomedical science at undergraduate and in my opinion, biomed is more about how disease and drugs affects the body and pharmacy is more just focused on the drug side of things. It depends what you want to go into afterwards as to which degree would be better for you! In terms of career aspects, biomed is quite broad which is nice because you can go into all sorts of research and specialisms. I can't talk for pharmacy but from what I have heard it is quite employable.

Hope this helps! If you would like to speak to a current Biomed student at Lincoln you can chat to them (including myself) on Unibuddy!
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Thank you both! This really helped me! I can never thank you two enough
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Someone at my school started off studying biomed, then specialised in pharmacology in year 2. One of the modules involved testing on live mice which he found very difficult.
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Someone at my school started off studying biomed, then specialised in pharmacology in year 2. One of the modules involved testing on live mice which he found very difficult.
Hi!

Did he find it difficult because it was live mice or because of the experiment itself?

Thank you in advance!
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He said the mice were scared, so he told the assessor that he couldn't continue injecting them, but he passed the assessment anyway.
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Hi! I'm kind of in the same boat - can't decide between biomedical sciences and pharmacology. Was pretty much set on biomedical sciences for the flexibility but then spoke to a pharmacology professor at Bath who said it would be better to do pharmacology, because it was more specialised and you got better experimental experience. Any advice?
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Some universities offer the opportunity to specialise in year 2. The boy I knew started with biomed at Newcastle then changed to pharmacology in year 2. He will shortly be graduating with a degree in pharmacolgy.
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Hi! I'm kind of in the same boat - can't decide between biomedical sciences and pharmacology. Was pretty much set on biomedical sciences for the flexibility but then spoke to a pharmacology professor at Bath who said it would be better to do pharmacology, because it was more specialised and you got better experimental experience. Any advice?
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So an option for a situation like this is to look into a Biomedical Science degree, with an option to specialise part way through. We offer this at George's, and so do some other universities. In second year, you rank your options for what you want to specialise in in your third year, and most people get their first choice. This is then the focus of your final year and changes what your degree title is - for example, I'm about to move into Genomics in my third year, meaning I will then graduate with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences with Genomics.

Hope that helps, let me know if you have any more questions.
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i am thinking of doing the 4 year Mpharm degree so i have the qualification of a pharmacist behind me, but i want to work in labs and do research like, creation of new drugs/clinical trials etc ,so what postgraduate degree will help me the MOST to go into that area? pharmaceutical chemistry? pharmacology? idk :/
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Hi! I'm kind of in the same boat - can't decide between biomedical sciences and pharmacology. Was pretty much set on biomedical sciences for the flexibility but then spoke to a pharmacology professor at Bath who said it would be better to do pharmacology, because it was more specialised and you got better experimental experience. Any advice?
which unis are you applying to :O??
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which unis are you applying to :O??
Hey! Atm my list is Cambridge (NatSci), Bath (Biomed), Bristol (Biomed), Durham (Biosciences) and Nottingham (Medical Physiology and Therapeutics). Think I’m going to go for biomedical sciences after all.
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The Nottingham course is based at Derby, at the uni of Derby campus. My friend got an offer for this course and didn't want to live in Derby, so he declined the offer.
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Hey! I was in the same position as you guys when I was applying last year, between pharmacy, pharmacology and biomed/natsci. I ended up not being fully decided so I applied to lots of different courses and somehow made my personal statement work for them, I have offers for Bionatsci at Cambridge, Pharmacy at Nottingham and Cardiff, Biomed at Bristol and Pharmacology at Nottingham. (just want to reassure that it's ok if you can't make your mind up when applying! But it would definitely be helpful haha)

Pharmacy is the most different as you're being trained up to be a pharmacist dealing with patients as well, so I'd definitely get as much experience as you can in pharmacy to see if it suits you- it has a more obvious career path and probably more job security as well.
And for pharmacology vs biomed, they are a lot more interchangeable and often you will do a broader first year for pharmacology anyway and most unis will probably let you change courses. It just depends how sure you are that you want to specialise in it - I'm looking forward to NatSci because there's more options incase I find something I prefer! Good luck guys :)
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Pharmacy is an allied health professions course preparing students to become dispensing pharmacists.

Phamacology is an academic degree that studies how drugs affect the body. Biomedical sciences is an academic degree that studies more generally how the body is affected by disease and medicines. Thus, you often can study some pharmacology options in a BMS degree, and both will cover a lot of similar core physiology and biochemistry topics. You will also study a fair amount of this content on a pharmacy degree, but the "point" of it is slightly different and so will the emphasis of the material (i.e. on practical clinical knowledge rather than academic research preparation).

The difference between pharmacy and pharmacology is perhaps similar to the difference between medicine and biomedical sciences in some respects.

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I would note however most biomedical sciences degrees will not prepare you (specifically, and sometimes even generally) for working as a biomedical scientist within the NHS - the corresponding allied health professions course for that profession are the designated Healthcare Sciences (Life Sciences) degrees that form part of the NHS Practitioner Training Programme.

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ooh thank you all for your responses!
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Hi! I'm wondering if anyone can help - could you apply for both Biomed and Pharmacy and receive offers from both, of course with an adequate personal statement which will somehow need to intertwine both pharmacy and Biomed into one statement
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Hi! I'm wondering if anyone can help - could you apply for both Biomed and Pharmacy and receive offers from both, of course with an adequate personal statement which will somehow need to intertwine both pharmacy and Biomed into one statement
Would be better to post a completely new thread rather than post on this old one tbh.

I wouldn't recommend it as they are fundamentally different courses-one studying the use of drugs in treating disease with an aim to making you a qualified pharmacist, the other studying disease more fundamentally with a view to preparing you for lab research/maybe working in NHS labs. It's probably possible to walk the line enough, but it's so difficult I'd recommend trying to choose which course suits your interests/abilities most.
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