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Revolutionise the way we use existing drugs and develop new medicines to help prevent and combat disease.

Study pharmacology to learn the science behind how drugs work to treat and cure diseases.

You’ll gain comprehensive knowledge on how drugs work in the human body at the molecular, cellular and whole-body level, and discover why many drugs do not work in every patient.

You'll learn how active chemical agents in medicines affect our cells, tissue or organs to examine their benefits, side effects and interactions on human health.

Learn the latest techniques to test drug effects, and how to evaluate their benefits and risks in treating human diseases.

Gain vital research experience while you study by contributing to projects that could lead to new medical breakthroughs.

A minor in pharmacology will prepare you for employment and research opportunities within healthcare organisations, medical research institutions, pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies, universities and hospitals.


23 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology

QS World University Rankings 2023

1 in Queensland for pharmacy and pharmacology

QS World University Rankings 2023

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Economic consultant
  • Economic analyst
  • Sales representative
  • Product manager
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Research and development manager
  • Pharmaceutical scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Quality assurance officer

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Systems Pharmacology
  • Experimental Pharmacology
  • Drug Design & Development
  • Principles of Pharmacology

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