A Career in Pharmacology

One of the greatest challenges in the biomedical sciences today is to understand disease processes and to develop new therapies. Pharmacology is the multidisciplinary science that deals with all aspects of drugs and their interactions with living organisms. Thus, it involves the physical and chemical properties of drugs, their biochemical and physiological effects, mechanisms of action, absorption, distribution and elimination from the body, and therapeutic and illicit uses. Pharmacology has developed its own set of principles and methods to study the mode of action of drugs, in addition to utilizing many techniques and approaches from several disciplines, including: biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, and cell and molecular biology.

N.B. If you are interested in becoming a licensed pharmacist, please read the following important information:

A degree in Pharmacology will not lead to a license to practice Pharmacy.  The Pharmacology Program (what we offer here at McGill) and a Pharmacy Program (not offered at McGill) are two very distinct programs that lead to very different careers. To become a licensed pharmacist in Canada, please access this link for the Canadian Faculties and Schools in Pharmacy: Canadian Pharmacists Association

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