Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences / Pharmacochemistry


Course Objective

General introduction into and deepening of knowledge of concepts,
mechanisms and recent developments in pharmaceutical sciences and the
pharmaceutical and biotech industry.

Course Content

This course is designed for students with an interest in life sciences
and the biotech/pharmaceutical industry but without prior education in
this field. A general introduction will be given to the process of drug
discovery, drug design and synthesis, drug development and drug safety
assessment. Subsequently, potential drug targets, mechanisms of drug
actions (including drug-receptor/enzyme Using various drug classes,
relationships between chemical structures and biological activities will
be derived and illustrated. Finally, various modern developments and
tools will be illustrated by recent applications in the field of drug
research, medicinal chemistry and toxicology.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and tutorials.

Method of Assessment

Written examination


Patrick, G., An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry 6th ed.
Oxford: Oxford University Press. 20017, ISBN: 978-0-19-874969-1

Target Audience

3S, 3MNW, mCh, mPhys.
The course is recommended for mDDS students that did not follow the VU
University BSc Pharmaceutical sciences and these mDDS students are
required to discuss this course with their mDDS coördinator.
The course is recommended for SBI (life) mastertrack students, except
for students with a bachelor in SBI or pharmaceutical sciences.

General Information

Course Code X_435675
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. I.J.P. de Esch
Examiner prof. dr. I.J.P. de Esch
Teaching Staff prof. dr. I.J.P. de Esch

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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