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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course will provide you with an introduction to evidence-based medicine. It will also include a description of the elements of pharmaceutical research as well as of the drug development process.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 20 credits (10 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr James McLay

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either MSc Clinical Pharmacology (Studied) or MSc Drug Discovery and Development (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course explores the issues which must be assessed prior to medicines development and marketing. In particular a series of exemplar disease states are utilized to highlight the importance of understanding disease pathophysiology, epidemiology, current best treatments, drugs in development, and the economic cost of the disease burden and the potential value to the population and developed of a new medication. The rationale for appropriately designed drug trials to demonstrate efficacy and the need for appropriate power and disease end point selection are also discussed. The importance of critical review of current literature relevant and treatment guidelines relevant to exemplar disease states will be explored.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


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Summative Assessments

Continuous Assessment (100%).
2 assignments each comprising a presentation (2x 10%) and essays (2x 25%), and 1 general essay (30%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Presentations: Common Grading Scale (CGS)
Essays: CGS

Course Learning Outcomes


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