PHAR40160 Drug Discovery and Development II

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is an optional module on the BSc in Pharmacology degree programme. Topics covered include: General principles of the drug discovery process with case studies; Pharmacogenetics; Orphan drugs; nanotechnology strategies; monoclonal antibody therapies and other biotherapeutics; new drugs targeting the immune system.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module the learner will be able to:
• Discuss the drug discovery process, citing specific examples
• Describe nanotechnology approaches to delivering established and novel molecules
• Discuss orphan drugs and the incentives which make them attractive to pharmaceutical companies.
• Demonstrate an understanding of pharmacogenetics
• Compare host-directed antimicrobial therapies.
• Describe Biotherapeutic drugs and their future potential.
• Cite several case studies of recent drugs that have been approved for major diseases
• Discuss specific examples of novel drug development

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Face-to-face lectures
Active learning via research of recent peer reviewed literature 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Students are recommended to have covered the core 3rd Year Pharmacology modules or equivalent material.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: End of semester essay examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Professor David Brayden Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Siobhán McClean Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor David O'Connell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Craig Slattery Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 29 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 28 Mon 12:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 23, 24, 28 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 25 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 29 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 24 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 23, 25, 28, 29 Wed 11:00 - 11:50