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On this page you will find classroom and outreach resources to support the teaching of pharmacology. If you have any queries about these resources, please contact us at


Studying pharmacology at university

An animation provided by the Society gives an introduction to the benefits of studying pharmacology at university.

Science of…

Professor Clive Page, Professor Andrea Sella and Dr Mark Miodownik explain all about chocolate and curry in ‘The Science of…’

How Do Drugs Work?

The Society’s Young Pharmacologists look at how common drugs used to treat diseases such as asthma, diabetes and pain work. There are seven videos, each tackling a pharmacological issue or a set of drugs. An overview of the series is below and a video playlist, containing all seven episodes, follows:

  1. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors)
  2. Why do we need new drugs?
  3. Beta-2 adrenoceptor agonists (asthma)
  4. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen
  5. monoclonal Antibody: Anti-Neoplastic Drug -- Trastuzumab (Herceptin®)
  6. Insulin and metformin
  7. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)


Neuropharmacology: from the laboratory to the clinic

In 2015, a British Pharmacological Society outreach grant supported a neuropharmacology school lecture given by Dr Ellie Dommett. A video of the lecture can be seen below and there is an accompanying student workbook with details of a poster presentation project.


How do drugs work?

Careers in Pharmacology

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Practical Biology

The British Pharmacological Society has contributed classroom practical protocols to the Nuffield Foundation and Society of Biology Practical Biology website. The site hosts a collection of experiments that demonstrate biological concepts and processes and are placed in real-life contexts.

Practicals with pharmacological content include:

Biology in the Real World

As a member of the Nucleus group of learned societies and similar not-for-profit organisations, the British Pharmacological Society contributes to the Biology in the Real World lecture series at the annual Association for Science Education (ASE) conference.  These talks are designed to provide teachers with an insight into cutting edge biological research which can be taken back into the classroom.

View resources from previous lectures here.

Animal Research

Understanding Animal Research (UAR) is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to achieve broad understanding and acceptance of the humane use of animals in medical, veterinary, scientific and environmental research in the UK. In collaboration with UAR, the British Pharmacological Society has developed an animation explaining the role of animal research in drug discovery (below).



UAR also have other information and resources for use in schools and outreach work, which can be found on their website.

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