Pharmacology is an exciting branch of experimental science concerned with drugs and how they work in the fight against disease. Pharmacologists exploit advances in knowledge to develop new drugs and lead to many career options.

Pharmacology programmes are taught and directed by academic staff that are actively involved in specialised research. This means that students are taught by active scientists who are experts in their chosen field.

The Department has a consistent track record of excellence in research and teaching. It provides taught courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including BSc Hons Pharmacology, and offers places for PhD studies in Pharmacology.

Pharmacology and drugs

A Pharmacologist is concerned with the structure of drugs and how this relates to biological activity.

Some of the questions asked by pharmacologists are:

  • How do drugs work? 
  • How are drugs metabolised by the body? 
  • How do drugs interact with each other? 
  • How do drugs cause toxic events? 

Drugs are administered in many ways, such as tablets, injections, patches or inhalers. They perform specific biological functions. Once administered the drug is absorbed into the blood stream and transported throughout the body.When the drug has completed its function it is then converted into biologically inactive molecules which are then excreted by the kidneys. 

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