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Job Description

Pharmacologists work as part of a scientific research time that investigate the effects of drugs on cells, tissue and animals to develop new drugs and undertake controlled experiments and clinical trials in laboratories.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need a degree in pharmacology, although some employers may accept degrees in:

  • biochemistry
  • physiology
  • neuroscience
  • microbiology

It may also be useful to have paid or unpaid work experience. 

The British Pharmacological Society (BPS) and the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) have more information on work experience and becoming a pharmacologist.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could progress to supervisor or manager. You could also move into medical sales and marketing, drug registration, patent work or information science.

You could work in research and development with a postgraduate degree in pharmacology or a relevant PhD.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Chemist
  • Medical sales representative
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy technician

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Sharp analytical skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Good problem solving abilities
  • A methodical approach
  • Attention to detail
  • Good team working skills
  • Acute observation abilities.

Starting Salary

£25,000 to £80,000

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