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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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    Pharmacology and Toxicology - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,453 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,453 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Molecular Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry - BBioSc Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,621 NZD

    Start date
    July
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    Pharmacology - BSc University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,719 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,895 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Pharmacology - BSc (Hons) (with foundation) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,672 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Pharmacology - BSc University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,765 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,360 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in pharmacology

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    Pharmacy Technician - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,491 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,175 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Pharmacy Technician - Dip Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    22,916 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,742 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Pharmacy Technician - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,288 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Pharmacy Technician - Dip NorQuest College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,749 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,499 CAD

    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
    Annual tuition fee
    12,918 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,202 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Pharmacy Technician - Cert North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Pharmacy Technician - Cert College of the Desert, USA
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    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Pharmacology graduate programs

Master's in pharmacology

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    Cancer Pharmacology - MSc London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,437 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Pharmacy - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,707 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    21,389 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,928 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Pharmacology - MSc University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    31,242 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,310 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology/Toxicology - MSc Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in pharmacology

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    Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology/Toxicology - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,669 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,669 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Pharmacy - PhD University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,722 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,493 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Pharmacy - Integrated Dual BPharm/Dual PharmD Ohio Northern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,815 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,815 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Pharmacy - PhD MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,300 USD

    Start date
    January, April
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    Pharmacy - PharmD University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,960 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,960 USD

    Start date
    January, June, 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
    Annual tuition fee
    15,755 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,308 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Pharmacology - GradDipSci University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    26,719 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,895 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Clinical Residency: Clinical Pharmacology - PGDip Astrakhan State Medical University, Russia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,700 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Pharmacy Technician - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,942 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,232 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Pharmacy Technician - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,180 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, 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.