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Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Pharmacology (from Greek φάρμακον, pharmakon, "poison in classic Greek; drug in modern Greek"; and -λογία, "Study of" -logia) is the study of the interactions that occur between a living organism and chemicals that affect normal or abnormal biochemical function. The field encompasses drug composition and properties, interactions, toxicology, therapy, and medical applications and antipathogenic capabilities. In pharmacology, therapeutics refers to the use of drugs and the method of their administration in the treatment of disease. The discipline is fundamental, in both teaching and research, to programmes across biological and health sciences.


Teaching at undergraduate level includes:

  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Therapeutics


Courses are delivered in various degree programmes of the :


The College of Science, Engineering & Food Science


Pharmacology Modules for Medical Students

Graduate Entry Medical Programme

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics makes substantial contributions to the following modules:

First Fear Graduate Entry


Second Year Graduate Entry

First and Second Year Graduate entry: Small Group Learning case-based, student-led tutorials) part of the modules Fundamentals of Medicine I-IV

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics contributes a series of 19 lectures in Therapeutics to the fourth year Undergraduate Medical students and third year Graduate Entry Medical students as part of the module CP4004 Fundamentals of Adult Disease.  In addition, the department coordinates and contributes to workshops in Safe Prescribing.

For further information see the undergraduate students webpage:  CK701 (Undergraduate Entry) and CK791 (Graduate Entry). Please visit the School of Medicine website and the Calendar Entry for additional information. 


Undergraduate Medical Students

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics presents the following modules to:


Second Year Undergraduate Medical Students


Third Year Undergraduate Medical Students


Pharmacology Modules for Medical and Health Sciences

Pharmacology is one of the core disciplines in the multidisciplinary, research-led Honours degree in BSc Medical and Health Sciences in UCC, which was established in UCC in September 2018. Students study across the spectrum of medical- and health-related disciplines, which opens up a wide range of career opportunities on graduation in medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.


First Year


Second Year 


Third Year


Fourth Year 


Further Information:

See UCC information for undergraduate students see CK707 



BSc (Hons)Paramedic Studies – Practitioner Entry

The team at the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics contribute to the following modules in Paramedic studies. 


BSc (Hons)Paramedic Studies


Further information on Paramedic studies in UCC see BSc (Hons) Practitioner Entry and BSc (Hons) Paramedic Studies.


Pharmacology Modules for Pharmacy Students

Pharmacology is one of four core disciplines in the honours degree in Pharmacy (BPharm) which was established in UCC in October 2003. Two academics hold joint appointments between the School of Pharmacy and the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics (School of Medicine).

Undergraduate Pharmacy Students

Students take a series of pharmacology modules throughout the B. Pharm programme:

First year

Second year

Third year

Fourth year

Staff of the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics also participate in supervising Pharmacy students undertaking laboratory-based research projects in their final year.

Postgraduate Pharmacy Training

The Department contributes with the module PT6401 Pharmacology (5 credits) to the MSc Pharmaceutical Technology & Quality Systems, a two-year distance learning MSc programme, developed by the School of Pharmacy UCC, which is targeted at suitably-qualified graduates who are currently working within the pharmaceutical industry.

Further Information

See UCC information for undergraduate students webpage: BPharm Degree

For further information about this course please view the School of Pharmacy Website and the College Calendar for details of the BPharm and MPharm Degree Programmes.

Pharmacology Modules for Dental Students

Diploma in Dental Hygiene

The Department of Pharmacology contributes to the following modules for second year diploma students:


For further Information see Diploma in Dental Hygiene ,  Cork University Dental School & Hospital 


Undergraduate Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) Degree students

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics presents the following modules to


Second Year


Third Year


For more information on BDS(Hons) Undergraduate Entry Degree see CK702  , BDS (Hons) Graduate Entry  





Pharmacology Modules for Nursing & Midwifery Students

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics contributes to undergraduate programmes in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. 


The College Calendar also has more information on the structure of these courses. 


Intercalated BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics offers an Intercalated BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology to medical students who have passed the Third University Examination in Medicine and who have attained an aggregate mark of at least 60%.

This one year programme include the modules:


plus elective modules in cognate disciplines to the value of 15 credits, agreed with the programme co-ordinator


For further information about the Intercalated BSc(Hons) please view the College Calendar 

BSc in Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics is one of the main contributing Departments to the multidisciplinary degree programme BSc in Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds (30-35 credits across the final two years of the programme).

This degree programme is designed to produce graduates equipped with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in areas of the biological and chemical sciences most relevant to the discovery and manufacture of pharmaceuticals. The course includes modules in Chemistry, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Molecular Biology and Statistics, laboratory practical classes, research projects and a summer work placement in industry.

The core modules for this degree programme delivered by Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics are :


Third Year


Fourth Year 


For more information please see CK402 Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds.


Pharmacology Modules for BSc Programmes in Biological Sciences

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics contributes to teaching the BSc Programmes:

BSc Hons Chemistry with Forensic Science 

Third Year 


BSc Hons Neuroscience 

Third Year


Fourth Year 


BSc Hons Physiology 

Third Year 


BSc Hons Nutritional Sciences

Fourth Year 


BSc Hons Biochemistry 

Third year


Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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