Your degree in Pharmacology

While studying pharmacology, you’re learning how biomedical advances have practical applications to human health. You’ll develop important skills in research and understand the effects of drugs on cells, organs and systems. 

These skills may include:

  • Comprehension and identification of connections across complex processes and systems
  • Analytical method development or validation (QA/QC)
  • Quantitative and qualitative research and data synthesis
  • Application of logical and systematic thought processes to understand the biochemical or physiological effects of drugs
  • Collaboration with cross-discipline laboratory teams
  • Written and verbal presentation of scientific data to non-technical audiences 
  • Laboratory techniques in compliance with quality control and safety regulations 
  • Usage of ELISA, PCR, gel-electrophoresis, protein assays, and western blot techniques  

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including health care and pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, intellectual property, regulatory affairs, research, educational institutions, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.


Analytical chemist


Biofuel analyst



Business development officer 

Clinical research associate

Clinical trials coordinator

Community health physician

Consumer protection specialist 


Food and drug inspector

Genetic counselor

Laboratory technician

Medical biochemist

Medical doctor

Nuclear medicine specialist

Patent agent

Patent attorney

Pharmaceutical chemist

Pharmaceutical sales representative



Product testing associate



Quality control technician 

Regulatory affairs officer

Technical writer


Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in pharmacology between study terms.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Faculty of Medicine summer research
Get experience in undergraduate medical research at UBC.

UBC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine summer program
Apply for funding and propose your research project to gain clinical experience in laboratory medicine.

BC Children’s Hospital research
Participate in an undergraduate research project related to child and family health.

Online tutorials and training in ethics
Develop your understanding of research ethics and integrity through online training and tutorials.

UBC Life Sciences Institute
Discover research opportunities, events, programs, and student competitions in life sciences.

UBC Medical Journal
Submit your academic research, case reports, reviews, commentaries, and news or letters for publication.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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