What is a Short Course in Pharmacology?

part of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Pharmacology teaches you how medical drugs affect organisms and how they are made. You explore both natural and synthetic chemical substances and various ways in which they can be used to prevent, treat, or cure illnesses.

During a Bachelor’s or Master’s in Pharmacology, you can expect to take classes on drugs and society, basic human pharmacology, pharmacological techniques, general biology, immunology, pharmacokinetics, etc.

As a future pharmacologist, you will do research to discover new drugs and test their effectiveness, work on reducing the side effects of current medicine, and seek to understand how and why people have different reactions to the same drug.

In addition to advanced Biology and Chemistry knowledge, successful pharmacologists also need to excel in attention to detail, problem-solving, laboratory procedures, analytical and reporting skills, etc.

After graduating with a Pharmacology degree, you can work for research institutes, governmental institutions, and private biotechnology or pharma companies, among others. Other related jobs include biomedical scientist, clinical scientist, academic researcher, etc.

To specialise further, you can choose one of the Pharmacology branches, such as Clinical Pharmacology, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Psychopharmacology, or Veterinary Pharmacology, among others.

You should know that Pharmacology is not the same thing as Pharmacy, which teaches students how to prepare and dispense drugs and offer guidance to people.

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