What does a pharmacologist do?
Pharmacologists study the effects of drugs and other chemicals on animals, humans and plants. There are a number of different areas of pharmacology you could specialise in, including:
- neuropharmacology – the effect of drugs or chemicals on the brain and nervous system
- clinical pharmacology – the effects of drugs or medicines on people
- veterinary pharmacology – the effects of drugs or medicines on animals
You’ll need excellent analytical skills as this is a highly technical job.
What do I need to do to become a pharmacologist?
You’ll need a science degree, preferably in pharmacology or biology. An A level in biology is also highly desirable.
To get on to a pharmacology or related degree course, you usually need three A levels, including chemistry, biology, and either physics or maths. You also need five GCSEs A-C, including maths, English and science.
Level 3 qualifications in a relevant vocational area may be accepted (e.g. Diploma in applied science) – check with universities.
- A levels, including chemistry, biology and either physics or maths
Vocational routeLevel 3 qualification in a relevant vocational area
- Science degree
- Postgraduate degree in pharmacology
- A level biology
- A level chemistry
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Where could I be working?
You’ll usually be working indoors in a laboratory.