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Drug Discovery and Development (MEDI90097)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMEDI90097
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In this subject, students will gain a detailed understanding of all aspect of the drug development pipeline, beginning from the basic science research that triggers investigation of a new therapeutic strategy, through pre-clinical and clinical testing and final introduction to the general market. It will also cover practical issues such as funding considerations and the regulatory frameworks that exist to ensure patient safety and eventual medication approval. The design and methodology utilised in international drug discovery initiatives will be utilised to illustrate previously successful approaches.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Describe how identification of novel mechanisms and/or targets has led to the formulation of new therapeutic interventions
  • Develop an appropriate clinical trial pathway to establish proof of efficacy and safety of a new drug
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the regulatory environment that exists to guide the safe development and commercialisation of therapeutic agents
  • Identify and evaluate emerging technologies and techniques in clinical trials and drug development

Generic skills

  • Advanced analytic skills
  • Skills in working collaboratively with individuals, groups and organisations
  • Increased capacity to manage unfamiliar problems
  • Improved written and communication skills
  • Increased ability to work independently and be self-motivated

Last updated: 13 June 2019