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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC3149 Drug Development: Pre-Clinical to Practice

10 creditsClass Size: 135

Module manager: Dr Alasdair Pickles

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the drug discovery and development process, from inception to market, and to study in detail the preclinical and clinical development stages for testing drug efficacy and toxicity. Students will also acquire knowledge of the legal and regulatory aspects associated with the protection and marketing of a drug.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will have knowledge of and be able to understand:
- the drug discovery and development process from inception to market.
- the many development stages for testing drug efficacy and toxicity (i.e. do they work and are they safe to use).
- the regulatory and legal aspects of protecting a drug once it is on the market.


- Overview of the process of Drug Discovery and Development
- Toxicological screening
- Efficacy testing in animal models
- Drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics
- Safety testing in humans
- Efficacy testing in humans
- Future medications
- Patent Law
- Experimental medicine

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

40 hours - preparation for lectures and completion of lecture notes
45 hours - directed reading.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student attendance at lectures will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.

At level 3, and in light of the extensive reading around the topics that is required, continuous assessment will not be appropriate for most modules.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/04/2019


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