SLVKA0342U Research Project in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery
MSc Programme in Pharmaceutical Sciences (English programme) study track II - compulsory
MSc Programme in Pharmaceutical Sciences (English programme) study track I and III - restricted elective
Problem-oriented and case-based teaching.
Students work in groups of 3 to 4 on a research project dealing
with selected aspects of formulation and in
vitro testing of types of drugs. Advisers provide
students with a project topic and students are then expected to
conduct independent literature studies, formulate the project
together with the process adviser, conduct practical laboratory
work, and practise making a presentation in a discussion class
mid-way through the course. The project is concluded by a project
report and subsequent individual oral examination.
The project starts with a planning phase, in which the groups define the project. Then the groups draft research protocols, which includes purpose of the experiment, materials and methods, a detailed step by step procedure, as well as statistical deliberations. The research protocol will be discussed with- and approved by the adviser prior to experimental start. The nature of the laboratory work will vary from project to project, but may consist of method setup, pre-formulation studies and testing in vitro. The students will make ongoing laboratory journals to give them practice in process evaluation. All students must contribute equally to the group work.
Mid-way through the course, a discussion class will be held where each project group present their project and its current status in PowerPoint format. The advisers will participate and provide the students with constructive feed-back in order to prepare for the final individual oral exam.
At the end of the course each group will write up a project report based on literature studies and the research conducted. The report is expected to be build up as a scientific report containing an abstract, introduction, theoretical background, materials and methods, reults, discussion, and a conclusion.
To introduce the students to selected aspects of drug formulation, drug delivery as well as pre-clinical studies via a laboratory-based development project.
At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
- independently plan and conduct research within the fields of drug formulation, drug delivery, and preclinical testing
- present and discuss the project and the exterminental outcome in a project report resembling a scientific paper
- orally present and discuss the project and the experimental outcome
- Original research articles and review articles, research papers, selected by students.
- M.E.Aulton, Pharmaceutics, The Design and Manufacture of Medicines, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Newest edition.
- A.T. Florence and D. Attwood, Physicochemical Principles of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Press. Newest edition.
- Guidelines for the Research Project in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery (Department of Pharmaceutics and Analytical Chemistry, 2009), Torben Schæfer, Jørn Møller-Sonnergaard and Birger Brodin.
- Class Instruction
- Practical exercises
Open for credit transfer students and other external students. Apply here:
Credit transfer students:
Other external students:
Credit transfer and other external students are welcomed on the course if there are seats available and they have the academic qualifications.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examinationThe student is assessed on the basis of an individual oral examination. The examination is based on a group report, which is expected to be build up as a scientific report based on data obtained from laboratory experiments carried out by the group.
At the end of the course students draw up a project report and turn it in to the adviser and external examiner. During the oral examination each student is examined individually. The individual oral examination consists of a 10-minute oral presentation on the basis of parts of the project report presented with the use of a digital presentation programme. The presentation is followed by a 10-minute discussion of the contents of the report.
- Written aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
To achieve the grade 12 the student must be able to:
- understand important concepts and methods in drug formulation, drug delivery, and in vitro testing
- explain general chemical, physical-chemical and pharmacokinetic characteristics of drug formulations
- demonstrate which pharmaceutical assessments should be made of the drug formulations produced.
- plan and conduct research concerning drug formulation with regard to physical-chemical and pharmaceutical characterization as well as technical production aspects
- draft and present written documentation of the work carried out in the form of laboratory portfolios and the project report.
- orally present relevant theories related to the project field and critically discuss the experimental outcome
- Produce a well-structured project report and carry out a clearly and precisely formulated presentation.
- Demonstrate a firm grasp of the research and topics covered in the project report.
- Demonstrated serious commitment as well as the ability to cooperate with the rest of the group
- Show initiative in designing the tests, finding specialised literature and preparing the report.
- conduct a pharmaceutical assessment of the type of drug in question by selecting relevant equipment and tests
- conduct a pilot-scale formulation study