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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Pharmacology

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Grafton Campus


Pursue advanced study in your specialist area with the Postgraduate Diploma in Science. Extend your knowledge with coursework or try a project or dissertation as part of your diploma – the option is yours. The PGDipSci offers a pathway toward masters and doctoral study.

The PGDipSci programme involves one year of full-time study, or up to four years of part-time study, after you have completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

  • 120 points in your specialist subject listed in the Postgraduate Diploma in Science schedule
  • A project or dissertation of up to 45 points may be included

Summer School will start in January.

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

at least 60 points from:

MEDSCI 701 Special Studies in Medical Science
MEDSCI 715 Molecular Toxicology
MEDSCI 716 Advanced Drug Disposition and Kinetics
MEDSCI 717 Advanced Neuroscience: Neuropharmacology
MEDSCI 718 Pharmacology of Anaesthetics and Analgesics
MEDSCI 719 Pharmacometrics
MEDSCI 720 Biomedical Research Techniques
MEDSCI 721 Advanced Toxicology
MEDSCI 722 Clinical Pharmacology
MEDSCI 723 Cancer Pharmacology
MEDSCI 735 Concepts in Pharmacology

Up to 60 points from 700 level courses in related subjects:
Pharmacology, Medical Sciences

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

Further study options

  • Master of Science
  • Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice
  • Master of Bioscience Enterprise
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science at a recognised university (or similar institution) in your intended specialisation with a GPE of 3.0. Some specialisations may require you to have completed specific courses in your undergraduate degree.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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