This Unit follows on from NPU2104 Drug discovery and Development and examines the modern techniques used to design pharmaceutical products. Students will undertake studies in structure-based (SBDD) and ligand-based (LBDD) drug design, computer-aided drug design and subsequent synthetic pathway design. 

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NPU2103 - Organic Synthesis

NPU2104 - Drug Discovery and Development

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Review pharmaceutical methodology for the design of new drugs and propose synthetic pathways for their preparation;  
  2. Devise appropriate methodology for the design of new drugs;  
  3. Apply drug design methodology, including computer-aided and related techniques to the design of a new drug; and  
  4. Review and present data to peers and demonstrators with responsibility and accountability.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written Assignment (1000 words) 20%
Assignment Computer-aided drug design 40%
Examination Final Exam (2 hours) 40%

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