MPharm Pharmacy

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
The Medicine (Year 2)

Unit code PHAR20100
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
The Medicine (Year 1) PHAR10100 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Pharmacist (Year 1) PHAR10200 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Patient (Year 1): Introduction to Human Biology PHAR10300 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Pharmacist (Year 2): Law and Professional Practice PHAR20200 Co-Requisite Compulsory
The Patient (Year 2): Pathology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics 1 PHAR20300 Co-Requisite Compulsory
The Public (Year 2): Infectious Disease & Prophylaxis/Treatment in Public Health PHAR20400 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Integrated Professional Practice (Part 1) PHAR10500 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Yr 2 Integrated Prof Practice PHAR20500 Co-Requisite Compulsory

A-level chemistry will be helpful.


This module will provide essential knowledge for understanding the basic processes involved in the development of medicines. The course will follow a path from selecting a drug target through to manufacture of safe and effective formulations.


Learning outcomes

At the end of the course student should know:


  1. The basis of Drug-Target interactions and mechanism of drug action.
  2. How drugs can be discovered, designed and optimized.
  3. The basic techniques used in the formulation and manufacture of dosage forms.
  4. The influence of formulation on dosage form design and the bioavailability of drugs.
  5. The principles and practice of pharmaceutical analysis and the need to assure the quality of medicines and ancillary products.



Assessment methods

Semester 1

Consolidated examination: (25% contribution to the unit mark).

Theoretical practical exam: (10% contribution to the unit mark).

Practical lab exam (from Sem 1) (10% contribution to the unit mark).

Summative assessment: (5% contribution to the unit mark)

Semester 2

Consolidated examination: (25% contribution to the unit mark).

Practical report (5%) case study exam (15%): (20% contribution to the unit mark).

Summative assessment: (5% contribution to the unit mark)


The consolidated exams will contain questions from all three units (The Medicine, The Public and The Patient) contributing equally. Students must achieve a minimum of 40% over both semesters in the Medicine sections of the consolidated exam to pass.

 Three component marks will be reported to the Examination Board as below.  In order to pass this module you will need at least 40% in each of the following components:

Component 1: Semester 1 and semester 2 consolidated exams contribute 50% to the overall mark for the unit.  Exam marks refers to marks received for “The Medicine” part of the consolidated exam. Students must achieve a minimum of 40% over both semesters in the Medicine sections of the consolidated exam.

Component 2: Marks for practical exam, practical course work and case study exam will be combined from both semesters to generate a single component mark which contributes 50% of the overall mark for this unit.

Component                                 Percentage     Equivalent credits
Consolidated exams                   50%                 10
Coursework                                50%                  10



Feedback methods

Online, tutorials, and during practical + case study sessions.

Recommended reading

Pharmaceutical Analysis, D.G. Watson, Churchill Livingstone (see link above). Pages 1-25 ,90-114, 115-135, 165- 194, 204-248, 265-298, 301-395, 358-375, 398-414.

Aulton’s Pharmaceutics: The design and manufacture of medicines. 3rd Edition. Ed. Aulton, Churchill Livingstone (2007). Pages 4-14, 99-107 , 351-254, 266-303, 358-359, 399-403, 483-499, 565-597, 637-638, 650-665

Cal Packages:

‘Clarkes analysis of Drugs and Poisons,’ London Pharmaceutical Press. Electronic Version can be found through ‘Medicines’ Complete’ which is accessed through the John Rylands e-database collection. Methodology & Analytical Techniques section Chapters 11, 21, 32,33,36,37,38,39,40

British Pharmacopoeia

Organic Spectroscopic Analysis," R.J. Anderson, D.J. Bendell and P.W. Groundwater, Cambridge, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2004.

Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry. D.H. Williams and I. Flemming, London, McGraw-Hill, 1995, 5th edition.

Essentials of Pharmaceutical Chemistry” (2nd ed) D. Cairns, Pharmaceutical Press, London,

2003. E-book is currently available (see link below):

Physio-chemical Principles of Pharmacy, Florence & Attwood, 3rd Ed. Macmillian, 1997. The 4th ed. (2005) is available as E book:

Rules and Guidance for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Distributors 2007, ‘The Orange Guide.’ Author MHRA, Published HMSO.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
eAssessment 8
Lectures 55
Practical classes & workshops 24
Tutorials 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 110

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Harmesh Aojula Unit coordinator
Alain Pluen Unit coordinator

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