In this major you will study the interaction between chemical agents and living matter, and learn how biologically active substances (such as pharmaceutical, agricultural, household and industrial chemicals) act in the human body.

You’ll learn how drugs work, and how drugs are used as therapies and as experimental tools for investigation of important problems in biology.

Your major structure

You can study this major through the Bachelor of Biomedicine or the Bachelor of Science.


You will take 10 core subjects (150 points) across your degree that will build an understanding of the structure and function of the body and consideration of the determinants of health and disease, including genetic and environmental influences (6 in first year, 2 in second year and 2 in third year).

In third year you will also complete 50 points (four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in Pharmacology.

Throughout your degree you will also take elective and breadth (non-science) subjects.


In your first and second years you will complete subjects that are prerequisites for your major, including biology, chemistry and foundational pharmacology subjects.

In your third year, you will complete 50 points (four subjects) of deep and specialised study in pharmacology.

Throughout your degree you will also take science elective subjects and breadth (non-science) subjects, in addition to your major subjects and prerequisites.

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