UCC CPD courses

Pharmaceutical Dosage Form Design


Fact File

  • Title

    Pharmaceutical Dosage Form Design

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration


  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    €2000. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Now Closed For Applications For 2018-19.

  • Venue

    Exact location within the College of Medicine and Health to be confirmed.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    September, 2018.


Module Objective: To provide knowledge of the physicochemical principles of dosage form design. To teach the principles underlying the formulation and compounding of medicines.

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

  • Define the basic phyisochemical properties affecting dosage form design.
  • Explain the impact of physiochemical properties and formulation design on performance of dosage forms.
  • Review the formulation design principles of the most common dosage forms.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2. (Run on a biennial basis).

Teaching Method(s): 35hr(s) Directed Study (Distance learning); 2 x 1hr(s) Lectures (Guest Speaker); 3 x 2hr(s) Workshops.


The module incorporates printed module workbooks, teleconferences, web-based seminars and online assessments.  The module runs for approximately four weeks.  The average amount of directed study that you are advised to undertake per module is about 10-15 hours per week.  The module consists of continuous assessment elements and a written exam.  The written exam takes place in April.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (written assignments and in term tests).
Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.


All candidates must be approved by the programme committee within the School of Pharmacy. Applicants may be short listed for interview.
A candidate must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours primary degree in a relevant science discipline (NFQ level 8) which has been approved by the programme committee (e.g. pharmacy, chemistry or the biological sciences);

Candidates must be currently employed in a relevant pharmaceutical sector (ideally greater than two years experience) and for the duration of the programme;

Consideration may be given to other applicants with suitable equivalent professional qualifications and significant industrial experience (greater than 5 years relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry).

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module in 2018-19 is €2000.  There is also a €35 application fee to be paid on submitting your application.

How Do I Apply

This module is now closed for 2018-19.

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