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.
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.
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Sample Course Plan
Bachelor of Biomedicine - Pharmacology Major
|Semester 1|| BIOL10002|
Biomolecules & Cells
Experimental Design & Data Analysis
Chemistry for Biomedicine
|Semester 2|| BIO10003|
Genes & Environment
Mathematics for Biomedicine
Physics for Biomedicine
Clear Speech and Communication
|Semester 1|| BIOM20001|
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
Techniques in Molecular Science
|Semester 2|| BIOM20002|
Human Structure & Function
Microbes, Infections and Responses
Communicating Science and Technology
|Semester 1|| BIOM30002|
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
Drugs in Biomedical Experiments
Drug Treatment of Disease
Global Health, Security & Sustainability
|Semester 2|| BIOM30001|
Frontiers in Biomedicine
Drugs: From Discovery to Market
Drugs Affecting the Nervous System
*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.
|Course Core Subjects||Major Core Subjects||Other science areas of study to complement the major|
|Subjects leading to major||Major Elective Subjects||Breadth Subjects|