UCC CPD courses

Pharmacotherapy III: Special Populations PF6007


Fact File


On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Discuss and explain the epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, and tests leading to the diagnosis, of common disorders/diseases of special groups in both primary and secondary care
  • Choose the appropriate and effective therapy, for selected diseases of special groups including children, the elderly, pregnant and breast-feeding women, patients with haematological or malignant conditions and patients with dermatologic disorders
  • Monitor and counsel the patient on the use of the recommended therapies and health promotion
  • Formulate pharmaceutical care plans and counsel patients.

Module Objective: To develop a higher knowledge of the major pharmacotherapeutic areas in order to promote a better understanding of the benefits and risks of use of these medicines in the clinical setting and to prepare the pharmacists for his/her evolving role within the hospital/community setting.

Module Content: The major diseases and pharmacotherapy of special groups including children, the elderly, pregnant and breast-feeding women, patients with dermatological disorders, patients with haematological or malignant conditions and patients undergoing critical care management including surgery or medication usage review in order to develop a higher understanding of the particular needs of these at risk categories. The expanded professional role of the clinical pharmacists will be highlighted, as will potential areas of future development.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Part-time. Usually Semester 2.  



Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 90 marks (1 x 2hr(s) WUSCE); Continuous Assessment 80 marks (Assignments, exercises); Clinical Assessment 30 marks (End of Year Case presentation).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment; Clinical Examination. Oral if required.

For Online Programmes:  To access and interact with the course content, assignments and assessments etc. students will require access to at least a PC/ Laptop running Windows 7 or later and Mac OSX 10.7.4. Common plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, Java and Flash will also be required. Students must have access to MS Office or an equivalent suite of applications such as Libre Office. They must also have access to a modern standards compliant web browser. UCC recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. 

To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing and email - recommended.


Applicants must be registered with the relevant professional accreditation authority and must provide proof of this registration (via professional registration number which can be verified) and a birth certificate or valid passport in order to register.

  • Candidates must hold a primary pharmacy degree from a School of Pharmacy that is approved by the Programme Committee;
  • They must be registered with the professional accreditation authority in the country in which they are practising;
  • Ideally candidates should have practical experience in their area of qualifications of at least two years post-registration;
  • All candidates will be required to have full access to computer and internet facilities and to be computer literate;
  •  Candidates must be employed in a healthcare setting;
  • In some exceptional circumstances candidates, by virtue of their training and experience may, at the discretion of the Programme Director and the Head of School, be deemed suitable for entry to the degree.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module was previously €1300. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

This module is not open for applications for 2020/21.

Module is expected to run in the academic year 2021/22.

 CPD Module Application Form 2020/21CPD Module Application Form 2020/21

  1. Download and complete the application form at the link below.
  2. Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo).
  3. Pay your €35 application fee for this module via UCC’s Online Portal, noting your Application ID: Click here to proceed to UCC’s Online Portal.
  4. Send your completed application form, photo and any relevant documents, including your application ID via e-mailto cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie



CPD Co-Ordinator, CPD Centre, 

An tIonad um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leanúnaigh,

Q+1 floor, The Boole Library, Main Quad, U.C.C.

e-mail cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie