Okay I'm not sure what I want to do at university, I know I want to work in a company that does clinical trials and tests drugs but I don't know which degree would be better. Would it be more beneficial for me to do pharmacy or pharmacology also which universities are the most recommended for these two courses?
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- Thread Starter
- 13-05-2013 22:52
- 14-05-2013 00:48
Pharmacy is a 4 year course and Pharmacology is 3 years. Pharmacology is more about the research of the drugs and the effects on the body, pharmacy is more about dealing with ready made drugs and advising the dosage of drugs.
if you want to wort with people choose pharmacy, if you want to work in a lab researching and producing drugs go for pharmacology.
But remember to do your own research
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- 15-05-2013 23:45
I would say that doing pharmacology, you'll probably learn more about research methods and techniques, but that's not to say that pharmacy is completely unrelated to doing research based work.
In the pharmacy degree, though probably depending on the university, you do get taught about research and the pharmaceutical industry. For example you get taught about formulation and manufacturing, which includes how various medicines are designed, how to make tablets, and various processes such as quality assessment; you get taught about drug discovery and development, which mainly focuses on previous discoveries and how they came about, the principles of developing medicines, and current developments; and biopharmacy, which looks at teaching the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of medicines, how medicines are absorbed, distributed, metabolised and excreted.
So it's not just about clinical aspects, although that is a major part of the pharmacy degree.
Pharmacists can work in the pharmaceutical industry doing various jobs, including research and development, or in quality assessment/control, though you would have to keep in mind that it's not easy breaking into the pharmaceutical industry, and only those who graduate with a 1st in their MPharm will be likely to be considered.
You could also work as a clinical trials pharmacist in the hospital environment which would involve organising the medicines for any clinical trials performed in the hospital. (though this would require you to usually work your way up the hospital pharmacist ladder, and there's not too many posts open).
If you want to do a PhD and do academic research, I don't think doing a pharmacy degree will put you in a disadvantage in comparison to the pharmacology degree, and I know a few pharmacy graduates who went down this route.
I probably would say if you're interested in pursuing a career purely in research, then it may be a more straight-forward route to do pharmacology. If you want to do something that is maybe less specialised, but gives you different options for career development, which can include research then consider pharmacy.
I would say however, I did pharmacy and ended up as a clinical pharmacist in a hospital, so my experience of the pharmaceutical industry and research is very limited, it would, as stated above, be best to think hard about this, and do more in depth research than what I can tell you off the top of my head! Anyone with more experience of this should feel free to correct me, and I would appreciate the chance to learn more about industrial pharmacy!
- 16-05-2013 00:00
I worked in the R&D lab of a pharmaceutical company a few years ago. Now I work in a pharmaceutical lab mainly to do release testing. Most of us who work in the lab have a chemistry degree though.
If you really want to work in the lab, a chemistry degree may be more useful. But to be honest with you, it is very difficult to get a good lab job nowadays. Most of the big pharmaceutical companies either downsized or moved abroad. Small companies just pay peanuts. A lot of us are looking to get into another industry.