UCC CPD courses

Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Rational Use of Drugs


Fact File

  • Title

    Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Rational Use of Drugs

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    8 weeks

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €1,410 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date


  • Non-EU Closing Date


  • Course Delivery Method


  • Venue

    School of Pharmacy.  Exact rooms to be confirmed.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Not on offer 2022/2023


Module Objective: To develop a higher understanding of the principles of safe, effective and rational use of medicines in the clinical setting, in particular in palliative care; the mechanism of adverse drug reactions and drug interactions; medication errors and their prevention/reporting and the management of substance abuse.

Module Content: Pharmacokinetics, how drugs are handled in vivo and the clinical relevance of pharmacokinetics in practice; pharmacogenetics and its clinical applications. The use of pharmacovigilance to monitor drug safety in practice, the pharmacist's role in the area of drug monitoring and managing drug-related side effects, the various mechanisms of drug-drug interactions, the ways medication errors can occur and the pharmacist's role in minimising their occurrence. The pharmacist's role in the management of substance abuse and in the pharmaceutical care of the palliative care patient. The use of pharmaceutical care planning to ensure the rational use of medicines.

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

  • Critically evaluate the benefit/risk evaluation of drugs in order to ensure the rational use of medicines
  • Identify the mechanisms of adverse drug reactions, drug-drug, drug-disease and drug-gene interactions and how they can be prevented
  • Analyse how medication errors occur, how they can be prevented and use pharmacovigilance to monitor drug safety in practice
  • Discern the clinical relevance of pharmacokinetics, therapeutic drug monitoring and pharmacogenomics in practice
  • Describe harm reduction principles in terms of substance misuse and apply these principles when providing services such as opiate substitution treatment and needle exchange services
  • Apply principles of safe, effective and rational use of drugs to pharmaceutical care planning and medication usage/review, in particular to the palliative care patient.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

2 x 2hr(s) Seminars (Teleconferences/webinars); Placements (30 hrs Clinical Placement); Directed Study (120 hours).

Continuous Assessment. Oral if required.


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 is €1,410.   There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

Not on offer for the academic year 2022/2023

 To apply for this module please log on to the UCC APPLY page and create an account.  

  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • An application fee of €35 will be payable on submission of your application via the same platform.



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