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Which degree should i pursue, i want to be a pharmacologist so is it better to specialise straight away?
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I think biochemistry would keep your postgrad options open if you changed your mind further down the line but if you're dead set on becoming a pharmacologist, I think pharmacology would be your best bet. Not entirely sure if you can go on and do pharmacology with a biochemistry
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I think biochemistry would keep your postgrad options open if you changed your mind further down the line but if you're dead set on becoming a pharmacologist, I think pharmacology would be your best bet. Not entirely sure if you can go on and do pharmacology with a biochemistry
Ah right thanks, i think you can do a conversion course from biochem to pharmacology but i’m not too sure
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I'd go for Biochemistry. Like Ash8991 said, it keeps your options open in case you realise you don't want to be a pharmacologist anymore... Also Biochemistry will have modules which are closely related to pharmacology (since they're quite similar degrees). Can always go for an MSc in Pharmacology afterwards.

To answer Ash8991's last sentence, yes you can do an MSc in Pharmacology with a biochemistry degree. You can even do a (Pharmaceutical) Chemistry degree and end up doing an MSc in Pharmacology (that's what I've done haha)
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I'd go for Biochemistry. Like Ash8991 said, it keeps your options open in case you realise you don't want to be a pharmacologist anymore... Also Biochemistry will have modules which are closely related to pharmacology (since they're quite similar degrees). Can always go for an MSc in Pharmacology afterwards.

To answer Ash8991's last sentence, yes you can do an MSc in Pharmacology with a biochemistry degree. You can even do a (Pharmaceutical) Chemistry degree and end up doing an MSc in Pharmacology (that's what I've done haha)
Do you enjoy the course?
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Do you enjoy the course?
You'll have to wait till next year before I can answer that question, only going to be starting the MSc this October haha

Also from what I've seen whilst searching for graduate jobs, the majority of pharmacologist jobs require a degree in either Biochemistry or Pharmacology (many also say "relevant life/biological science degree"), so it's really up to you.
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I'm currently doing Biochem, and yh nothing special about it, literally just a mix of Bio and Chem modules ( so a bio and chem degree ) and some Biochem modules maybe ( which are once again mostly either chem or bio or a mild mix of mostly chem and some BIO ). Jobs wise it looks like we can do the same jobs as chemists ( which means we compete with them and they have a full on chem degree ) and Pharmacologist ( but they mostly want ppl with a pharma degree ) ... so yeah people who are gonna claim that Biochem offers more jobs ... it doesnt, i mean you can go out and do a wide range of things, but youll be competeing with people with different degree, who in some cases are more specialized for the role.

do what you want and what you find interesting, studying convoluted science is honestly harder when you dont care about the subject or topic .
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You'll have to wait till next year before I can answer that question, only going to be starting the MSc this October haha

Also from what I've seen whilst searching for graduate jobs, the majority of pharmacologist jobs require a degree in either Biochemistry or Pharmacology (many also say "relevant life/biological science degree"), so it's really up to you.
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I'm currently doing Biochem, and yh nothing special about it, literally just a mix of Bio and Chem modules ( so a bio and chem degree ) and some Biochem modules maybe ( which are once again mostly either chem or bio or a mild mix of mostly chem and some BIO ). Jobs wise it looks like we can do the same jobs as chemists ( which means we compete with them and they have a full on chem degree ) and Pharmacologist ( but they mostly want ppl with a pharma degree ) ... so yeah people who are gonna claim that Biochem offers more jobs ... it doesnt, i mean you can go out and do a wide range of things, but youll be competeing with people with different degree, who in some cases are more specialized for the role.

do what you want and what you find interesting, studying convoluted science is honestly harder when you dont care about the subject or topic .
I think it’s ideal for me to go straight into pharmacology
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I think it’s ideal for me to go straight into pharmacology
go for it bro, honestly Biochem is nothing speical, literally a mix of Bio (mostly enzyme and genes ) and Chem modules, If you dont like chem or bio, please dont bother with it, since it honestly gets so convulted ! and its made harder ( content gets harder but exams are more forgving than A-levels though ) if your just not into chem or Bio ( i mean not many people are, I'm not really)

and it honestly doesnt have better job prospects, the fact its a STEM degree gives it weight for jobs, but pharma is also a STEM degree, so they offer the same eight IMO ( and like i said Biochemist can get into analytical chem ect ect but in those fields, they also can easily not only use some with another chem related degree but use a person with an actual Chem degree ) . At the end of the day a degree just shows your potential to a employer, so they can see if the time needed to train you and teach you is worth it. I really don't know how any of the limited BIO/CHEM topics ive learned makes me a Biochemist .. or even understand Biochemistry or be able to do the jobs, since at the end of the day .. all ive learned is a mix of 12 Bio/chem modules and some lab skills. so yeah do what you like, itll honestly make it a little/lot easier if you like the subject ect, since you happily read into it and wanna understand it, instead of forcing yourself to try and understand something you dont care about, dont wanna care about and dont understand.
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