Pharmacology is concerned with the study of drugs and the key role they play in the treatment of most human diseases. Increasingly, doctors rely on drugs not only to cure disease, for example antibiotics and infections, but also in the prevention of diseases, such as lipid lowering drugs and heart disease.

Through studies in pharmacology you will gain a thorough knowledge of the discovery, development and testing of drugs, and its importance to the future of medical research and practice. You will learn about the mechanisms of drug action, drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination, drug activity and chemical structure, the effect of drugs on body systems, the toxic effects of drugs and more.

The honours year

The pharmacology honours program is designed to give greater depth to your studies in biomedical science and to promote research-led enquiry and intellectual endeavour. This is achieved through the formulation of a research project in which you investigate a specialised pharmacology topic, all the while developing your laboratory skills and critical thinking skills.

In completing an honours year in pharmacology you will become equipped with a skill set that improves your employment prospects and is a requirement for pursuing postgraduate studies in pharmacology or related areas. You will form close relationships with dedicated academic staff who are conducting cutting-edge research across a variety of fields, including asthma pharmacology, cancer therapeutics, chemical biology, chronic inflammation and pain, clinical pharmacology, drug design and development, neuropharmacology, pharmacoinformatic, pharmacology of cannabis, and transporter biology.

Workload and assessment

In the honours year in pharmacology, you will undertake a research project under the direct supervision of a member of staff, and as part of your research group.

You will deliver two oral presentations to the discipline (one in May/June worth 10% and another in Oct/Nov worth 10 per cent), write a 15-page combined literature review and research proposal (15%) and write a 50-page thesis detailing the aims, methods, results and discussion of your project (55%).

The honours supervisor will also award a mark (10%) for your research dedication, competency and aptitude.

Honours projects

Sydney Medical School's searchable honours project database includes potential honours projects in pharmacology:

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