Principles and Practices in Drug Discovery and Delivery (F1605)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

The cost of bringing a new drug to market has risen past £1bn over the last few years. Trying to bring this cost down, drug discovery is constantly evolving to reduce the time and cost required to bring a drug to market.

On this module, you’ll discover the strategies being employed to generate new compounds and new classes of compounds of medical interest more cheaply and quickly.

The module also highlights how these drugs can be delivered to the patient to improve their efficacy and reduce unwanted side effects. This greatly improves patient outcomes without the need to undergo new clinical trials.


81%: Lecture
19%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Presentation, Problem set)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 27 hours of contact time and about 123 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: