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Study Pharmacology and Toxicology at Otago Medical School

Pharmacology is the science of the effects of drugs and other chemicals on biological systems, from the molecular and cellular level through to patient studies.

Toxicology is closely related to pharmacology but specialises in the analysis of the harmful effects of drugs and other chemicals on biological systems.

Why study Pharmacology and Toxicology?

Pharmacology is a modern science that incorporates other biological sciences such as biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, and genetics. Unlike pharmacy, which is the science of the preparation and dispensing of drugs, pharmacology is the science behind how drugs produce their effects on the body, and what the body does to the drugs we take.

Pharmacology and toxicology teaches you:

  • The basic principles of pharmacology and toxicology
  • The important concepts in the use of drugs to treat cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological diseases
  • Traditional pharmacology methods
  • Specialist areas such as neuropharmacology, clinical and molecular pharmacology, immunopharmacology, and mechanisms of toxicology

More information about studying Pharmacology and Toxicology

Download the Pharmacology and Toxicology infosheet (PDF 150 KB) for more information about the following:

  • Research
  • Background required
  • Teaching style
  • Postgraduate opportunities
  • Careers

Please contact the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology for further information:

Email pharmacology@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/pharmacology