Designing and Evaluating Pharmacological Research - TM


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Describe the different phases of pharmacological research from drug development to clinical application
  • Define different study designs in evaluation of pharmacological effects
  • Identify scientific problems and challenges in pharmacological research
  • Knowledge on placebo effects and the impact on clinical application
  • Describe different tools for evaluation of clinical trials
  • Explain the contribution of pharmacological research in relation to evidence based medicine


  • Able to discuss advantages and limitations of different study designs for evaluation of pharmacological effects
  • Use different tools to evaluate clinical trials
  • Select appropriate study designs to answer specific research questions on pharmacological effect


  • Critically appraise and relate to pharmacological research
  • Read scientific publications on pharmacological effects, present main findings, discuss and evaluate study design, data collection, analysis, findings and the major limitations
  • Formulate a research proposal to identify mechanisms of action or potential side-effects of new drugs for a certain disorder or condition

Type of instruction

  • Teaching varies between lectures, workshops, (group) exercises and individual study



Name of examDesigning and Evaluating Pharmacological Research
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Please consult the Moodle page for your semester and contact the semester coordinator if you have academic questions, or the study secretary if you have administrative questions.

All other enquiries may be directed to Helene Nørgaard, secretary of the Study Board.

Facts about the module

Danish titleDesign og evaluering af farmakologisk forskning - TM
Module codeMEDMS20K1_5
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Medicine with Industrial Specialisation
Study BoardStudy Board of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Clinical Medicine
FacultyThe Faculty of Medicine