Postgraduate study in Pharmacology

What can you study in Pharmacology?

Postgraduate study in Pharmacology focuses on understanding normal body functions (biochemical and physiological) and the disturbances that occur (pathological). You can learn about a wide range of topics, from the pharmacology of anaesthetics and analgesics, clinical and cancer pharmacology, to molecular and advanced toxicology.

Research interests open to exploration include:

  • Anticancer drugs
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Cancer clinical pharmacology
  • Cancer preclinical pharmacology
  • Disease progress and drug action
  • Drug metabolism and toxicology
  • Human neurodegeneration research
  • Neural reprogramming and repair
  • Neuro-immune interactions research
  • New therapies for brain diseases
  • Nutritional neurosciences
  • Paediatric pharmacology

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Pharmacology

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) in Pharmacology

Master of Science (MSc) in Science in Pharmacology 120-point (one-year) Research Masters

Master of Science (MSc) in Science in Pharmacology 240-point Research Masters

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Pharmacology

Prerequisite courses

Prior to applying for the BSc(Hons) and 240-point MSc you must have completed at least 60 points from MEDSCI 303-307.

Prior to applying for the PGDipSci you must have completed 45 points from MEDSCI 303-307.


Explore the postgraduate courses you can take for an Pharmacology specialisation:

Where can postgraduate study in Pharmacology take you?

The subjects of Pharmacology and Toxicology are of great practical and commercial relevance in view of the widespread use and abuse of medicines, drugs and chemicals in modern society. Our graduates work in many different roles in biotechnology and pharmaceutical research and development, clinical teaching and research, government department and research institutions, medical publishing and drug information, teaching and research in higher educational institutions.

Jobs related to Pharmacology include:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Healthcare scientist clinical biochemistry
  • Healthcare scientist immunology
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist (life sciences)
  • Research scientist (medical)
  • Toxicologist

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics or contact Head of Department, Associate Professor Malcolm Tingle.