Major/Minor/Specialisation !R01-AA-MAJ+1026 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010


Dr Michael Lew

Department of Pharmacology


Subjects in a pharmacology major introduce students to the unified study of the interaction between chemical agents and living matter. A pharmacology major will teach you how drugs work, and how drugs are used as therapies and as experimental tools for investigation of important problems in biology. Pharmacology extends and complements a range of other biomedical disciplines as well as chemistry. Graduates will gain an in depth understanding of drug actions and a broad appreciation of the scientific process of knowledge acquisition and problem solving. Thus, a pharmacology major will provide the springboard for students entering careers in many areas of biomedical research and associated industries and regulatory authorities.


By the end of this major a student should have:

  • knowledge of the actions of important drugs used clinically and in research;
  • an understanding of how the actions of new drugs are characterised and how drugs can be used to investigate questions of biological processes and signaling;
  • an understanding of the process of drug discovery and development;
  • used modern molecular approaches to solving pharmacological problems, and obtained an appreciation of their application to specific biological problems;
  • applied laboratory techniques and analytical approaches in different areas of pharmacology including the analysis and interpretation of data derived from experiments;
  • gained experience in the written and oral presentation of scientific data and developed an appreciation of the scientific literature.
Structure & Available Subjects: Completion of 50 points of study at third year level
Subject Options: Both of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Plus at least one of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Plus (if required to make up 50 points) electives selected from the following areas of study: Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Physiology, Zoology

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Science

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