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BS979 - Drug Discovery and Biopharmaceutical Development

  • Module code: BS979
  • Module name: Drug Discovery and Biopharmaceutical Development
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To allow students the opportunity to study the fundamental principles of drug discovery and biotechnology. Students will develop a detailed knowledge of the potential for drug discovery and exploitation by the pharmaceutical industry and a critical appreciation of some of the various techniques in use. Students will acquire an integrated understanding of the breadth and depth of medicianal drug design and productions. The module also extends the knowledge base relevant to the development and exploitation of biopharmaceutical products by the pharmaceutical industry. Students will integrating of the information presented with the core ethos of the programme by addressing issues concerned with the regulation of pre-clinical and clinical trials, through the Regulatory Procedures of development of biopharmaceuticles into a commercial reality.

Principal learning outcomes

Students will: Have a broad, integrated knowledge of drug discovery and biopharmaceuticals and respective industries. Be able to critically assess the use of novel drug design techniques and their risk to the pharmaceutical industry Be able to demonstrate knowledge of drug and biopharmaceutical development for the treatment of common and rare diseases Be able to critically assess the commercial advantages and disadvantages when selecting a new drug target

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures; Seminars; Workshop; Case Studies; Group Work

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: BS979-20)
A (Assessed work only) Individual Poster 40%
  Case Study Presentations 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management (C5N2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Medical Biotechnology and Business Management (J7N2) - Year 1
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