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Study pharmacology abroad

An in-depth guide to studying pharmacology as an international student.

Pharmacology degrees abroad

Pharmacology is the study of medicines and other drugs, and how they affect the body and fight against diseases. It is essential to all medical disciplines, and by studying pharmacology abroad you’ll cover aspects of a range of subjects including biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, neuroscience and genetics.

As a pharmacology graduate, you could help develop and improve medical treatments. Recent advancements in the field have resulted in better treatments for a range of diseases like AIDS, heart failure and malaria. If you’re interested in learning about how drugs work and want to play a part in discovering new treatments, then pharmacology could be the ideal program for you.

Studying pharmacology abroad means you can choose from a wide range of universities, colleges and medical schools from all over the world. You’ll be able to take advantage of facilities and quality teaching you might not be able to get at home, all while broadening your personal horizons and experiencing a new culture.

Pharmacology program structure

Pharmacology programs abroad are available at all levels including bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate. Bachelor’s are offered as a BSc, or some universities offer an MSci (sometimes called an MBiol), which gives you the option of extending your program by an extra year of research to convert it to a master’s.

Most bachelor’s programs are taught over three or four years, and if you study at a liberal arts college in the US you can study pharmacology as a major or minor subject. You can study a separate master’s program over one or two years if you already have a bachelor’s in pharmacology or a closely related subject.

At some of the top universities you’ll be taught and supported by leading researchers in the field, and you’ll learn through group tutorials, lectures, interactive workshops and practical laboratory work. In most modules you’ll be assessed by a combination of examinations and coursework, with a research-based dissertation in your final year.

The program content and modules offered by each university will differ, but there are some core subjects most will cover, including:

  • Biochemistry
  • Laboratory and scientific skills
  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics
  • Systems physiology
  • Biomolecules
  • Disease and defense
  • Diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Dissertation and research skills

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Pharmacology study abroad programs

Pharmacology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in pharmacology

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    Pharmacy - BPharm Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 USD
    Start date
    February, September
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    Pharmacy - BPharm MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,600 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Biology (Pharmacology/Toxicology) - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,453 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Pharmacy - BSc University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,928 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Pharmacy - BPharm RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    41,280 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in pharmacology

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    Pharmacy - Dip MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    30 months
    Tuition fees per year
    4,600 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Pharmacy Technician - Dip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Pharmacy Technician - Dip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in pharmacology

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    Pharmacology Pathway - UGP Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,845 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in pharmacology

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    Community Pharmacy Assistant - OCCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,202 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Pharmacology graduate programs

Master's in pharmacology

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    Pharmacy (by Research) - MSc (Research) MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,300 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Pharmacy - MPharm University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,260 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Experimental Pharmacology - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    38,825 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Clinical Pharmacy - MPharm University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    28,928 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Pharmacy MBA - MBA University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 USD
    Start date
    May, September
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Doctorate in pharmacology

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    Pharmacy - PhD MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,300 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Pharmacy - PharmD University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Pharmacy - PhD University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    37,493 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Pharmacy - PharmD Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Tuition fees per year
    42,952 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Pharmacy - PhD University of the Incarnate Word, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,280 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in pharmacology

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    Clinical Pharmacy - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    21,308 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Pharmacy Technician - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    16,232 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future pharmacology careers

Pharmacology graduates are well placed to pursue a career in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, molecular sciences, biochemistry, and many others. Some of the most common roles for pharmacology students include:

  • Pharmacologist
  • Biochemist
  • Medical research scientist
  • Clinical scientist
  • Medicinal chemist
  • Medical salesperson
  • Medical/science writer
  • Science teacher
  • Toxicologist

A lot of pharmacology students who have graduated with a bachelor’s choose to continue their studies with a master’s in a related subject, and some go on to study for a doctorate degree.

To help you work out what career path to follow, your program may offer work placement opportunities that can help you gain valuable work experience. Most universities will also have a career service that can help you find the best route to your ideal job after graduation.