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PSCI305 Drug Delivery

Physiological considerations and physicochemical principles underlying drug delivery and delivery system design related to relevant routes of administration.

The aim of this paper is to introduce students to the different types of medicines and pharmaceutical delivery systems currently available and in development. Factors that influence the formulation development, drug release and absorption including the physiochemical properties of the drug and delivery system, route of delivery (including anatomical and physiological factors) will be examined. The paper will help students develop practical skills and good laboratory practice.

Paper title Drug Delivery
Paper code PSCI305
Subject Pharmaceutical Science
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PSCI 203, PSCI 204
PHCY 342
Recommended Preparation
HUBS 192

This paper can complement BSc degrees with a chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry or biology focus.


Associate Professor

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Shyamal Das

Teaching Staff: Professor Natalie Medlicott

Associate Professor Arlene McDowell

Associate Professor Greg Walker

Dr Shakila Rizwan

Paper Structure

PSCI305 will be taught through lectures, laboratories and tutorials covering the following general topics,

  • Modified release dosage forms.
  • Parenteral drug delivery systems.
  • Pulmonary and nasal drug delivery systems.
  • Ophthalmic and otic drug delivery systems.
  • Topical and transdermal drug delivery systems.
  • Rectal and vaginal drug delivery.

Textbooks will be available through the library. Titles to be confirmed.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this paper, students will be able to,

  1. Describe the different requirements for delivery of small and macromolecular bioactives.
  2. Describe how the physiology and anatomy of an organ/route (oral, parenteral, transdermal, ocular, pulmonary, nasal and buccal etc) can influence delivery of a bioactive.
  3. Recognize the advantages and limitations of the various routes of drug delivery and drug delivery systems.
  4. Integrate the knowledge to formulate a delivery system to optimise and control delivery of bioactives.
  5. Apply analytical laboratory skills and methodically identify, describe, analyse, and solve pharmaceutics related problems.
  6. Demonstrate a rational and systemic process to comprehensively assess and evaluate pharmaceutical science related literature and communicate knowledge in an appropriate scientific manner.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 09:00-11:50 30-31, 33-34, 37, 40


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 11:00-12:50 29, 32, 36, 38-39, 41