Pharmacology is the science that underpins how medicines drugs work in health and disease and how they are processed by our bodies.
What is Medical Pharmacology?
Pharmacology has been identified as a critical undergraduate degree required to develop new medicines, improve current therapies and to treat patients.
Our Pharmacology degree will cover a broad range of topics that underpin medicine including; toxicology, personalised medicine, drug development, genetics, physiology, immunology & neuroscience.
The key skill for pharmacologists is a genuine interest in understanding how things go wrong in disease and how we can use drugs and develop new drugs in an attempt to correct it.
Pharmacologists have an understanding of chemistry and biology, are able to communicate their work effectively in both verbal and written mediums to a variety of audiences, and able to work independently and as part of a wider research/clinical team.
Pharmacologists study the effect of drugs on living things, and the effect living things and their environment have on those drugs. Our three employability strands, as part of our Medical Pharmacology will enable you to develop the skills and understanding of drugs and their use and give you access to a range of exciting careers that Pharmacologists do:
- Train as clinicians - by following our Pathway to Medicine and moving on to Graduate Entry Medicine you can use your knowledge of how drugs work to give the right drug to the right patient at the right time
- Research new drugs or improve how we use current medications
- Develop new technologies and innovations to improve patient therapies
Additional roles include careers in academia, pharmaceutical industry or drug regulation.
What careers could be open to me when I graduate?
Through our three employability strands, Medical Pharmacology will give you access to a range of exciting careers, including academia, industrial research, pharmaceuticals, patent law, medical writing and the food and beverage industries.
Pharmacologists focus on developing treatments and drugs to treat disease. This career is varied and offers a breadth of opportunities around the UK and world in sectors such as academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmacology is a very varied career, allowing you to investigate the effects of drugs at a genetic and molecular level all the way up to the effects of drugs on patients.
Training in pharmacology opens the door to careers in cancer research, cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology, veterinary pharmacology and clinical medicine.
For a research career, pharmacologists may undertake a PhD. The national minimum doctoral stipend for 2020/2021 is £15,285.
Careers within academia or industry have a starting salary of around £35,000 following completion of a PhD. Salaries in industry are often higher than academia but a pharmacologist with a PhD will likely earn more than without a PhD.
Senior level pharmacologists can expect to earn >£65,000.
*Income figures are indicative and given as a guide only.
Pharmacologists do not directly treat patients. Instead, pharmacologists develop the medicines used by clinicians to treat patients. Pharmacologists work to find new mechanisms to treat disease and develop those medicines from lab bench to bedside.
An Undergraduate Pharmacology degree will equip you with skills in how drugs effect the body and how the body effects the drug, which can help prepare you for a career in clinical medicine. Some clinicians even specialise as Clinical Pharmacologists.
Pathways to Medicine
Pathways to Medicine makes a great 5th choice for your UCAS Application giving you the opportunity to secure a guaranteed interview for our Medicine Programme by the time you graduate.
What is it like studying Medical Pharmacology?
During your studies you will focus on one of three Employability Strands: Medical Science Research, Medical Science Enterprise and Innovation, and Medical Science in Practice (our Pathway to Medicine). By tailoring your studies, you can work towards the career you want and make your final year research project really count.
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