Pharmacology: How Drugs Work

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Pharmacology: How Drugs Work

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Pharmacy, Pre-Pharmacy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students should have successfully completed level 1 subjects in Chemistry AND Biology (combined value of 37.5 points).
    Students wishing to undertake this subject as breadth will need the approval of the subject co-ordinator.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Pharmacology is an exciting discipline that provides insight into the mechanisms of action and beneficial and unwanted effects of drugs in the body. This is achieved by integrating knowledge from a range of biosciences including how the body works in health and disease. This subject uses specific examples of instantly recognizable and newly developed drugs to demonstrate how pharmacologists identify drug targets, design new drugs and test their therapeutic effectiveness.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.