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Career profile: Pharmacologist

Career profile: PharmacologistGet the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train.

A what?

Pharmacologists are experts in the effectiveness and safety of drug treatment. They carry out research in to discovering new drugs and finding new combinations to treat or prevent disease and illness.

On the job

Some of the most important work a pharmacologist does is to carry out experiments and conduct research into new drugs. Most pharmacologists will also spend a part of the time teaching other health professionals about effective drug treatment.

Laboratory research can involve planning and conducting controlled experiments analysing the effect of drugs on cells, animals, humans or the environment. They then have to analyse the results, which involves using sophisticated technology and their own ability in understanding data and statistics.

Course entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for a pharmacology degree course are five GCSEs, grades A to C, plus three A-levels/three or four Highers, including chemistry, biology and either physics or maths. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

Always check entry requirements with the institution of your choice as entry levels may vary.

What does the training involve?

Either a degree in pharmacology or a degree in another biological science subject that includes modules in pharmacology.

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