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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

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 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr James McLay

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

  • 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

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 25, 27, 32
  • 2 Lectures during University week28
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 29 - 31

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Presentations 20% each, Essays 30% each

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Presentations: Common Grading Scale (CGS)
Essays: CGS

Course Learning Outcomes


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