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Core skills

The Society’s Education and Training committee are keen to ensure that the undergraduate curriculum stays relevant and up to date in between more formal reviews. We welcome all feedback on the below core skills. If you would like to send us some feedback, please email education@bps.ac.uk.

Having successfully completed an undergraduate degree in Pharmacology, graduates will:

Experimental techniques

  • Be able to formulate a scientific hypothesis
  • Implement principles of good experimental planning and design
  • Identify the most appropriate statistical approach
  • Be able to make appropriate decisions about methodology when designing a study
  • Be precise and accurate when performing core laboratory skills
  • Carry out experiments following principles of Good Laboratory Practice
  • Be able to use quantitative methods to collect, process and present data
  • Be able to use in vitro techniques in pharmacology
  • Have the necessary theoretical and/or practical training to be able to use in vivo techniques in pharmacology

Data handling & analysis

  • Identify and use information from appropriate and reliable sources
  • Integrate information from a range of sources and critically evaluate it
  • Apply and interpret appropriate statistical tests correctly
  • Use a common statistical software package
  • Accurately record and reference source material
  • Analyse and interrogate large data sets

Working practices

  • Keep up to date with the relevant literature and developments in pharmacology
  • Perform research efficiently through good planning and management
  • Organise and accurately record information, for example, in a laboratory book
  • Work independently
  • Work constructively in small groups or teams
  • Communicate effectively to scientific and non-scientific audiences (including written and oral forms)