Module Overview

Drug Formulation

The purpose of this module is to identify the role of key ingredients in making effective formulations and the processing steps used in the manufacture and delivery of common drug products.

Module Code

DRUG H2004

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Introduction to Pharmaceuticals

Routes of administration, Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Trials

Production of Solid Dosage Forms

Excipients, blending, milling, granulation, compression, tableting, tablet defects,tablet coating, encapsulation, microencapsulation

Dosage form analysis

In-process and release testing: dissolution, disintegration, hardness, friability, particle size, stability testing; LOD; content uniformity

Production of Liquid Dosage Forms

Solutions, suspensions, Excipients, stability, compounding and packaging

Production of Topical Products

Gels, ointments, creams, pastes, suppositories, raw materials and their function, emulsion preparation and stability, microbial preservation and antioxidants; industrial preparation of topical products

Biotechnology Products

special considerations when formulating macromolecules; Freeze drying; Primary packaging and devices for parenteral products

Medical Device Products

What a medical device is? Overview of manufacture, main components; examples of use in drug delivery - nasal, pulmonary etc

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)30
Formal Examination70