Pharmacology

Pharmacology contributes to major advances in the treatment of diabetes, heart attack, asthma, cancer, Parkinson's disease and many other ailments affecting the human race. Breakthroughs are continually being made as a deeper understanding of how the body works has developed from the analysis of drug actions.

Pharmacology studies the interactions between drugs and living systems. Pharmacologists develop new drugs, determine how drugs act and use drugs to discover the inner workings of cells. The discipline of pharmacology stands at the intersection of many areas of biomedical science. You will gain an in-depth understanding of drug actions and a broad appreciation of the scientific process of knowledge acquisition and problem-solving.

This major is available in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.

  • Career Options

    As a pharmacology graduate, you can be employed in various roles in the pharmaceutical industry, universities, research institutes, government departments and other associated industries throughout the world.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Pharmacology major are very well placed for further study in honours, graduate professional entry degrees or, upon completion of appropriate research training preparation following the Bachelor of Biomedicine, research higher degrees.

    Honours
    Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

    Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
    For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.

    Research Higher Degrees
    For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.

    MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.

Sample Course Plan

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Pharmacology Major

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
MAST1011
Experimental Design & Date Analysis
CHEM10006
Chemistry for Biomedicine
EDUC10057
Wellbeing, Motivation & Performance
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
MAST10016
Mathematics for Biomedicine
PHYC10007
Physics for Biomedicine
EDUC10059
Performance, Potential & Development
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
BCMB20005
Techniques in Molecular Science
POPH20001
Genetics, Health & Society
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
MIIM20002
Microbes, Infections and Responses
UNIB20008
Drugs That Shape Society
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
PHRM30008
Drugs: Discovery to Market
PHRM30009
Drugs in Biomedical Experiments
UNIB30002
Global Health, Security & Sustainability
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
PHRM30003
Drug Treatment of Disease
PHRM30002
Drugs Affecting the Nervous System
AGRI30012
Food & Water: Global Issues Local Impacts

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.

Key/Legend

  Course  Core Subjects   Major   Core Subjects   Other science areas of study to complement the major
  Subjects leading to major   Major Elective Subjects   Breadth Subjects

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