Drug Therapy (Advanced) (PCOL3921)


This unit of study builds on pharmacological knowledge acquired in the intermediate PCOL and BMED units of study with a major emphasis on gaining an understanding of the scientific basis of drug use i.e. the rationale behind drug therapy. Lecture topics, tutorials and laboratory sessions cover drug treatment of arthritis and asthma, cardiovascular disorders, microbial infections, cancer, diabetes and protein misfolding disorders. New approaches to the development and delivery of therapeutics are also introduced. Elective projects relate to current research areas in Pharmacology.

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Two 1 hour lectures per week, four 2 hour tutorials-advanced material, three 3 hour practicals, elective project (equivalent to four 3 hour practicals, preference given for laboratory-based project), and one presentation session.


One 2 hour exam, on-line tests, tutorial and practical assignments and elective project (100%)


Rang & Dale's Pharmacology, 7th edn; Drs. Humphrey P. Rang, Maureen M. Dale, James M. Ritter, Rod Flower, and Graeme Henderson (Churchill Livingstone).

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

An average mark of 75 in (PCOL2011 and PCOL2012) or (BMED2401 and 12 additional credit points of BMED240X)


PCOL3902 or PCOL3002 or PCOL3021 

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