BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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Pharmacology is the scientiﬁc study of drugs and their action on biological systems, ranging from genes and cells up to tissues and even human populations. A drug is any substance given to a human or animal with the intention of changing the state of body function: to relieve pain, treat cancer, eliminate infection or improve health. Pharmacology is also concerned with the use of drugs as investigative tools to obtain a better understanding of cellular and physiological processes in both health and disease. In the UCD Pharmacology course, students will have the opportunity to take part in drug development research.
This is a sample pathway for a degree in Pharmacology. Topics include drug kinetics in the body, drug action on body systems, treatment of disease, biomedical sciences, biopharmaceuticals and new drug development.
Timetables & Assessment
Each student will have their own timetable based on their individual module selection. This is a full time course and classes may include lectures, practicals and tutorials, depending on the subjects. Students will also be expected to study independently (autonomous student learning). Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.
Professional Work Experience
A limited number of opportunities exist in second and third year to gain additional laboratory experience during the summer. Funded schemes are organised by public and private bodies, e.g. the Irish Health Research Board and The Wellcome Trust (UK). In addition, occasional opportunities arise within individual research groups
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International study opportunities in third and fourth years to date have included:
Career opportunities for Pharmacology graduates include working in:
Pharmacology graduates can also pursue graduate studies at MSc or PhD level. PhD programmes in Ireland and abroad cover areas such as drug development and biomedical science.
“Pharmacology is at the forefront of both biological and medical research. The course is very interactive and hands on. In Third Year, we broke into smaller class sizes, allowing us to really engage with academic staff. We had three to four labs a week that really enforced different aspects of lab skills necessary for the real-world research setting of Pharmacology. After working in the clinical research area of drug regulation and safety in clinical trials for a couple of years, I then moved onto directly working in paediatric clinical trials on site hospitals. I work directly with a Cystic Fibrosis multidisciplinary team carrying out phase III clinical trials.”
Courtney Greene, Graduate
Associate Professor Carmel Hensey
UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science