What is it?
Pharmacology is part of medical science and covers the study of medicines and drugs (including their action, use, and effects on the human body) with particular emphasis on molecular mechanisms, which affect biological processes at cell and tissue level.
Your in-depth understanding of how drugs work will help you conduct research and analyse findings. These results will be used in the treatment and prevention of diseases and ailments and the development of new drugs for medical use.
What will you study?
You will study drugs and how they work. There are several main areas of study: pharmacodynamics (study of effects of drugs on events and processes that occur in living things), pharmacokinetics (study of processes which limit the duration or action of drugs) and toxicology (study of mechanisms by which chemicals cause harm to organisms), as well as the use and abuse of drugs in society.
You will also study processes underlying diseases such as AIDS, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Analytical techniques and experimental procedures in pharmacology; biochemistry; calculus; cellular neuroscience; microbiology; organic and inorganic chemistry; physiology; principles of infectious disease (immunology); toxicology.
Typical course duration
It will take at least three years to complete this course.
A prior study of biology and chemistry is required.
What do graduates do?
Graduates can work as pharmacologists, researchers, educators, product managers, salesperson, marketer or business developer in hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, research and development firms, etc.