UCC CPD courses

Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Rational Use of Drugs PF6010


Fact File

  • Title

    Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Rational Use of Drugs PF6010

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    8 weeks

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    €1300 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date


  • Course Delivery Method


  • Venue

    School of Pharmacy.  Exact rooms to be confirmed.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Not Open until 2021/22


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

  • Apply complex pharmacology principles in the clinical setting
  • Evaluate the benefit/risk evaluation of drugs in order to ensure the rational use of medicines
  • Know the mechanisms of adverse drug reactions and drug interactions and how they can be prevented
  • Know how medication errors occur, how they can be prevented and use pharmacovigilance to monitor drug safety in practice
  • Discern the clinical relevance of pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics in practice
  • Know the regulatory requirements for supply and use of medicines in order to be able to practice effectively within their constraints
  • Understand harm reduction principles in terms of substance misuse and know how to apply them when providing services such as opiate substitution treatment and needle exchange services.

Module Objective: To develop a higher understanding of pharmacology principles and their application in the clinical setting. To understand the benefit/risk evaluation of drugs in order to ensure the rational use of medicines; the mechanism of adverse drug reactions and drug interactions; medication errors and their prevention and the management of substance abuse.

Module Content: Pharmacodynamics, mechanism of action of drugs, how drugs exert their effect in vivo and how this knowledge can be applied in the clinical setting. Pharmacokinetics, how drugs are handled in vivo and the clinical relevance of pharmacokinetics in practice; pharmacogenomics and its clinical applications; how the role of the clinical pharmacists is affected by regulatory requirements. 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.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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



Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Assignments, exercises, MCQ and clinical case presentation 200 marks. 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 previous fee for this module was €1300.   There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

This module is expected to run in the academic year 2021/22

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form: 

 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

Applications for this module open 2021/22.


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