UCC CPD courses



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

  • Define how drugs and other exogenous chemicals produce effects in living systems.
  • Identify the molecular mechanisms of action of various drug classes.
  • Relate mechanisms of drug action to management of specific diseases.
  • Interpret and design pharmacological experiments to quantitatively assess drug action.
  • Appraise current drug interventions from a pharmacological perspective.
  • Assess novel approaches to drug design and development.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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



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 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (Written Assignments and Practicals).
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 2018-19 is €2000.  There is also a €35 application fee to be paid on submitting your application.

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