Pharmacology is the study of all aspects of medicines, including how they are developed, analysed, tested for their safety and effectiveness, administered, their beneficial and adverse effects, together with all aspects concerning their research. The degree course brings together the biological, biotechnological and digital aspects of pharmacology, and equips you with the required skills as recommended by both International Pharmacology associations and major European Universities, whilst keeping in focus the needs of the local and international industry.
Year 1 provides a solid basis of the required physiology, molecular biology, genetics and statistics, which is required to benefit from the rest of the course. It also lays the foundations for pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug formulations, drug development, regulatory issues, routes of drug administration, molecular pharmacology, pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics. Year 2 delivers a sound knowledge of all the major drugs and drug classes, their modes of action and their application in the respective therapeutic fields. This year also provides students with practical laboratory bench teaching and training in various skills of molecular pharmacology research, such as cell culturing, drug assays, cellular transfection etc. Year 3 introduces pharmacotoxicology and toxicogenomic aspects, as well as the innovative fields of digital therapeutics and of computational drug design. Students will prepare their dissertation during this year, further contributing to the acquisition of a skill set which is transferable to the employment sector.
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.
Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:
(a) a pass at Advanced Matriculation Level at grade C or better in Biology, and
(b) passes at Intermediate Matriculation Level in Chemistry and in one of the following subjects: Computing, Physics, Information Technology, Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.
For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.
Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
No fees apply
Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
As a successful graduate by the end of the course, you will show subject knowledge and understanding in your ability to (to name a few):
• Explain the various mechanisms of drug actions at a molecular level. • Discuss the various pharmacological drug classes with their clinical applications, and modes of action. • Describe and evaluate the relevance of different routes of drug administration, within the context of different medicine formulations and patient-specific factors. • Describe the principles of drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, in terms of their theoretical aspects and practical applications. • Explain the various actions of biotherapeutic pharmacological agents (e.g. antibodies, vaccines), their use, and how these drugs differ from conventional small molecular therapeutic compounds from manufacturing, structural and mechanistic aspects. • Recognise and integrate the several factors that influence the benefit to risk ratio in drug use, keeping in perspective major issues such as therapeutic efficacy, adverse drug reactions, drug-drug and drug-food interactions, mode of drug administration and pharmacoeconomic aspects.
If you wish to pursue a challenging career in the life sciences, with a focus on all aspects of human medicines, their research and development, regulatory aspects, mechanisms of action and adverse effects, as well as several aspects of laboratory analysis and research, then this is the ideal course intended for you. It is also intended if you wish to proceed with your studies either locally or abroad, and pursue an academic career in a rapidly evolving area where medicines, biotechnology and the digital world come together to provide the tools to combat disease.
As a graduate, the course will have provided you with the necessary skills and expertise to contribute to high level scientific research and academic publications. It will also provide the necessary skill-base to contribute to several commercial sectors, including the pharmaceutical manufacturing Industry, pharmaceutical importation, medical representatives, national poisons unit, drug information units and drug regulatory areas including pharmacovigilance and pharmacoeconomic cost centres. Moreover, you will also be skilled to contribute to laboratory work including research laboratories, pharmaceutical quality control laboratories, analytical laboratories, biotechnology laboratories such as those offering DNA services and pharmacogenetic testing as well as toxicology laboratories. The course will also open the path to academic careers in the areas of pharmacology, pharmacotoxicology, biotechnology and related life sciences.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.
Last Updated: 17 May 2022
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