Modern pharmacology developed from the concept that particular chemicals are biologically active and can be used to modify, cure or prevent illness. In practice, this requires a detailed understanding of both how the body functions and the problems which can occur. The cellular and chemical abnormalities of disease states are studied in the expectation that molecules may be designed specifically to correct the abnormality.

Areas of study

Our Pharmacology courses involve two areas of study, pharmacology and toxicology. Pharmacology involves the study and description of the actions of drugs and chemicals on cells, tissues and the whole body. It includes finding out how drugs produce beneficial and adverse effects, and improving the way drugs are tested to give greater benefit in the treatment of disease. Toxicology is closely related to pharmacology, but specialises in the study of harmful effects of drugs and other chemicals on biological systems.

You can study Pharmacology in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will develop an understanding of drugs and chemicals and their actions on biological systems for the improvement of human and animal health.

Career opportunities

With a degree majoring in Pharmacology you could teach or conduct research in higher education institutions, work in the pharmaceutical industry, research and develop new medicines, conduct clinical research, work in regulatory and marketing divisions of industry, or develop chemicals. Other fields may include safety aspects of chemicals used in food processing and agricultural industries, assessment of the safety of medicines, employment in hospitals, careers in medical editing, abstracting and publishing, and environmental toxicology.

More information

For more information see Pharmacology.