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Study Pharmacology and Toxicology

The science behind drugs

Pharmacology and Toxicology plays a vital role in the modern day pharmaceutical industry, as scientists strive towards cures for diseases and infections. The ability to understand the complex interactions between the body and introduced substances at a molecular and cellular level is critical in producing cures for modern day ailments.

What does a degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology involve?

Students studying Pharmacology and Toxicology at Otago will be receive research-driven teaching of extremely high quality, as well as exposure to practical exercises and experiments. This combination provides students with the tangible skills and knowledge required to start a career in our modern job environment.

Where can a career in Pharmacology and Toxicology take you?

Students who graduate with a degree in Pharmacology are very valuable to potential employers. Drugs and pharmaceutical products play a significant role in day-to-day life, and well-trained pharmacologists and toxicologists are in high demand.

Though many graduates go into the pharmaceutical industry, the skills they learn as an undergraduate can be transferred into many other areas as well. Pharmacology and Toxicology graduates have gone onto many different careers including working for government agencies to help establish drug related policy, teaching positions, medical laboratory science, and other medical service professions, to list a few.

Undergraduate study in Pharmacology and Toxicology

The School of Biomedical Sciences provides students who are interested in how drugs interact with the body, how drugs produce their effects, and the potential harm caused by toxins, the opportunity to major in Pharmacology for a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Students may also major in Drugs and Human Health in a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) degree. Pharmacology can also be taken as a minor subject in a selection of different undergraduate degrees at the University of Otago.

Further information

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology website. has more detailed information about studying Pharmacology and Toxicology at Otago.

If you have any questions, please get in touch:

Tel 64 3 479 7266
Email pharmacology@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/pharmacology