About the Department

Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics

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The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics is located primarly in the Western Gateway Building , but also in the School Of Medicine and School of Pharmacy. Our team come from a dynamic group of faculty, researchers , and students.

We have three overarching aims:

  1. To provide excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. We teach students in the fields of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and the Basic Sciences across the Colleges of Medicine and Health Science, Engineering and Food Science. More details can be found in our Programmes of study section 
  2. To excel in research. The research interests of the staff reflect the broad nature of Pharmacology and utilise the cross-displinary aspect of pharmacology. Further information can be found in our Research section
  3. To inspire motivated, successful and content students and staff. 

Facilities include both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research laboratories. These facilities incorporate cell and molecular biology facilities, microscopy, flow cytometry as well as facilities for traditional in vitro pharmacological techniques.

We look forward to engaging with all stakeholders in Pharmacology teaching and research to enhance the safety, quality and efficacy of pharmaceutical-based healthcare.

Department Information

We aim for:

  • Excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Excellence in research
  • Content and fulfilled students & staff   

Specific objectives of the Department are:

  • To give students the opportunity to excel in the study of pharmacological sciences, basic and applied. 
  • To undertake research in its areas of expertise, and to publish research findings.
  • To provide high quality research training at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • To serve the University and wider community by providing expertise in pharmacological aspects of biomedical science.


The Queen's College Cork, incorporating a Medical School, was founded in 1845. Renamed University College Cork (UCC) by The Irish Universities Act of 1908, its Medical School and affiliated teaching hospitals are located in Cork City (urban population 200,000).

Originally a subsection of the Department of Physiology, Pharmacology became a separate entity in 1963. In 1992 UCC established a new Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics whose mission is to develop a high quality research programme in both basic and clinical pharmacology and to teach pharmacological sciences in the College of Medicine & Health and the College of Science, Food Science & Engineering.

The Department's teaching programme includes core and elective modules in Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics for undergraduate degree programmes in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry,  nursing,  and science.  Postgraduate teaching (MSc, MD, PhD) is mainly by research. 


Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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Room 2.36B, 2nd floor floor, T12XF62