‌2nd Year Pharmacology

  • Pharmacology is taught to 2nd year science students from undenominated science as well dominated programs such as biomedical science, biotechnology and biopharmaceutical chemistry.
  • Two 5 ECTS modules are available to students as elective modules in the first semester.
  • Students can also take a 10 ECTS module also in the second semester which contains laboratory practicals.
  • 2nd year modules introduce students to the fundamental concepts of what drugs are, how they work, how they interact within body, how they are developed and they interact at a molecular level to cure disease.

Semester I:

  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology I (PM208 - 5 ECTS)‌
  • Applied Concept in Pharmacology (PM209 - 5 ECTS)‌

Semester II:


  • Molecular Pharmacology & Signalling (PM210 - 10 ECTS)

2nd Year Course Coordinator PM208

Prof John Kelly
Email: john.kelly@nuigalway.ie

Tel: + 353 91 493268

2nd Year Course Coordinator PM209

Dr. Eilis Dowd
Email: eilis.dowd@nuigalway.ie

Tel: + 353 91 492776

3rd Year Pharmacology 

  • Pharmacology is taught to 3rd year science students from undenominated science as well as the denominated biomedical science degree programme.
  • Two modules are taken in the first semester worth 15 ECTS in total (a 10 ECTS + a 5 ECTS module) while 15 ECTS (3 x 5 ECTS modules) are also taken in the second semester to give a total of 30 ECTS.
  • The 3rd year modules focus on specific diseases and the drugs used to treat them as well as an introduction to toxicology and some applied aspects of pharmacology.

Semester I:

  • Drugs & Disease (PM309 - 10 ECTS): ‌
  • Introduction to Toxicology (PM311 - 5 ECTS):  

Semester II:

  • Drugs & Disease II (PM310 - 10 ECTS)       ‌
  • Applied Pharmacology (PM3101 - 5 ECTS) 
  • Neuropharmacology (PM3102 – 5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Pharmacology (PM3103 – 5 ECTS)

3rd Year Course Coordinator

Prof. David Finn
Email: david.finn@nuigalway.ie
Tel: + 353 91 495280 (outside); Ext. 5280 (inside)

4th Year Pharmacology 

  1. To provide the students with a sound theoretical knowledge of advanced aspects of pharmacology.
  2. To encourage the students to approach scientific reading and writing in a critical and unbiased manner.
  3. To develop their written, verbal and visual scientific presentation skills.
  4. To expose the students to a “real” research environment through a 12-week independent research project.

Additional information on modules is available here: ‌4th Year Pharmacology Course Overview

Course Coordinator   

Dr. Eilís Dowd 
Email: eilis.dowdnuigalway.ie 
Tel: + 353 91 492776.