Design and development of drug delivery systems

Module Title - Design and development of drug delivery systems
Number of credits – 10

Module description

PLEASE NOTE THIS MODULE WILL BE TAUGHT IN A DISTANCE LEARNING FORMAT.

Drugs are rarely administered to patients solely as chemical or biological substances – instead, they are first formulated into dosage forms or drug delivery systems.

This module examines a range of available methods and technologies for the delivery of chemical and macromolecular drugs (peptides, proteins and nucleic acids) and concentrates on the scientific and engineering principles underpinning their design.

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Define and use important terms and vocabulary relevant to drug delivery research and development.
  • Describe the important design characteristics of a range of dosage forms and drug delivery systems, and carry out appropriate calculations where necessary.
  • Describe and evaluate current approaches in drug delivery.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and evaluate future opportunities and possible advances in drug delivery.