Molecular Biopharmaceutics

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 3FG288

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Drug Discovery and Development A1N, Pharmaceutical Sciences A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
Programme coordinator Per Larsson, 28 February 2022
Responsible department
Department of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

- Master of Science Programme in Pharmacy: the student should have 150 credits within the programme and passed the courses in pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics (7.5 credits). All course included during semester 1-7 should have been studied.

- Bachelor of Science Programme in Pharmacy: the student should have at least 120 credits within the programme and passed the courses in pharmaceutics and physical chemistry and pharmacokinetics. All mandatory courses during semester 1-5 should have been studied.

- Master Programme in Chemical Engineering: the student should have at least 120 credits including the program courses in pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics.

- Accepted to Master Programme in Pharmaceutical Modelling.

- Freestanding course: 150 credits including 60 credits pharmaceutical sciences with basic education in pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics. Other education will be evaluated individually.

Knowledge in English equivalent to that required for basic eligibility to Swedish higher education.

Learning outcomes

After having completed the course, the student should

  • understand the role of biopharmaceutics in the drug discovery and development process.
  • be able to explain biopharmaceutical, physiological, biochemical and cellbiological aspects on drug transport and metabolism in the gastrointestinal tract and liver.
  • be able to analyse the drug transport and metabolism mechanisms of importance for drug-drug interactions under given circumstances (effect of fed state, medications and impact on certain population groups).
  • be knowledgeable about and able to apply computational and experimental methods to study drug transport and metabolism and interactions.
  • be able to explain regulatory demands of importance for biopharmaceutical evaluation.
  • be able to plan, compile, analyse and present experiments, as well as critically read, analyse and present scientific papers of relevance to biopharmaeceutics.
  • explain regulatory demands of importance for biopharmaceutical evaluation.
  • developed tha ability to reflect upon and orally present scientific literature


Physiological, biochemical and cellbiological background to the gastrointestinal tract and liver, and how these can be related to drug transport and metabolism.

Basic understanding of methods used to study dissolution, permeability, transit time, stability, metabolism and physiology-based pharmacokinetics (PBPK). These include in silico, in vitro, in situ and in vivo methods used to elucidate possibilities and limitations in predictions of biopharmaceutical processes in humans.

Mechanistical insights to cellular transport processes and metabolism are provided to understand molecular features of importance for drug transport and clearance. Drug-drug interactions and interactions with food and the relevance of such interactions for intestinal drug absorption, liver distribution and extraction.

Overview of principles to formulate different types of problematic drug molecules and when other administration routes than the oral are suitable.

Regulatory aspects on drug absorption, bioavailability and bioequivalence based on guidelines from the regulatory authorities (e.g. FDA, EMA).


The teaching is based on lectures, seminars, exercises, computational and experimental laboratory work and a literature study.

Compulsory sections: exercises, laboratory work, literature study.


Examination is performed at the end of the course. In addition, passing the course requires presence during compulsory sections of the course and approved examination of laboratory work and literature study. Possibility to redo or complement compulsory sections can earliest be provided the next semester in case of vacancies.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.