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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmacology

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Newmarket Campus


Extend your knowledge in your specialist area at postgraduate level with our honours programme.

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) programme involves one year of full-time study, or two years of part-time study, after you have completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Science.

After graduating with a BSc (Hons), it’s possible to progress to a Master of Science (MSc) degree. If you achieve First or Second Class First Division Honours in your BSc(Hons), you’ll be eligible for direct possible to a PhD.

Some specialisations may not be available for a Semester Two start.


Pharmacology is about the study of drugs, examining how they work, how they are processed by the body and the relationship between concentration and effect.

Are you interested in understanding how drugs work? And how they can improve health? Pharmacology is an exciting field of study and is essential to the discovery of new medicines to fight diseases.

Whether it’s a drug we swallow for a headache or to cure cancer, Pharmacology looks at how the medication produces beneficial and adverse effects. Pharmacology also explores how we can improve the way drugs are tested.

Study Pharmacology and contribute to tomorrow’s medicines and make a difference to health around the world.

Where can Pharmacology take you?

Our graduates work in government and pharmaceutical industries, healthcare and universities. Many pharmacologists work in labs, but others teach, work in publishing or have regulatory roles. This subject also available in Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

What can you study in Pharmacology?

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

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution), with the equivalent of a major in a similar field to your intended specialisation. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

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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