Physical Pharmaceutics and Formulation A (PHAR1822)


This Unit of Study aims to facilitate an understanding of the basic concepts behind the forces and considerations when designing and using a pharmaceutical dosage form to deliver a drug. Carrying on from PHAR1812 where different dose forms and the importance of route of administration was introduced, this unit then looks at topics such as diffusion and dissolution of drugs, drug solubilisation, chemical kinetics, surface and interfacial tension, surface active materials, micelle formation and pharmaceutical complexes. With a grounding in these concepts the unit then goes on to explore different dose forms, including: liquid, ocular, intranasal, and injections. This unit of study also includes mathematical tools required for other units of study.

Further unit of study information


3 x lectures/wk, 8 x maths lectures, 5 x 1hr maths tutorials, classes will be arranged as needed


Exam (50%), Maths test (15%), prac/labs (35%)


H.C. Ansel Pharmaceutical Dose Forms and Drug Delivery Systems 8th edition, Williams & Wilkins, 2005
A.T. Florence & D Attwood Physicochemical Principles of Pharmacy MacMillan 1988

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

HSC Chemistry and HSC Mathematics



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.