Postgraduate taught 

Clinical Pharmacology MSc(MedSci)

Topics in Therapeutics - Commonly used drugs MED5384

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of how drugs work, their interaction with the body in health and disease, and the appropriate therapeutic use of a range of drugs in common clinical situations (excluding cardiovascular diseases and diabetes).

Timetable

Weekly lectures, supplemented with critical review sessions.

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

At the end of the course the student will undertake a written exam (100%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims provide students with the opportunity to learn about the use of drugs in clinical situations, develop a deeper understanding of how drugs work and to learn about use of drugs in a variety of conditions (excluding cardiovascular diseases and diabetes).

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

 

1. Identify and discuss the key drugs used and critically evaluate their application in intensive care settings

2. Discuss the pharmacology of drugs commonly used in the treatment of common respiratory disorders, psychiatric conditions, analgesia, neurological conditions (such as Parkinson's Disease and epilepsy) and gastrointestinal disorders

3. Critically appraise the use of drugs commonly used in the treatment of common respiratory disorders, psychiatric conditions, analgesia, neurological conditions (such as Parkinson's Disease and epilepsy) and gastrointestinal disorders using national guidelines and clinical trial evidence.

4. Critically evaluate the use of biological therapies for inflammatory conditions and articulate the particular challenges and potential benefits these drugs present

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.