Pharmacy / Centre For Drug Discovery, Development and Production


Degree awarded:
  • M.D.D.R.P
  • P.D.D.D
  • Master of Science in Drug Development and Regulatory Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Drug Development
Field of interest:
  • Drug Development
  • Drug Development and Regulatory Pharmacy
  • Not Applicable
Entry requirements:

    General Regulations Governing Admission to Higher Degree Programmes

    • Candidates for admission to higher degree programmes shall normally be graduates of the University of Ibadan or other Universities/Institutions recognised by the Senate. Admission shall be made by the Postgraduate College on the recommendation of the appropriate Faculty Postgraduate Committee.
    • Candidates without any previous higher degrees in the relevant discipline may be admitted only to either the Degree of Master or the Professional Degree of Master.
    • Candidates with recognised “Research Higher” Degree in the relevant discipline may be admitted to the M.Phil or Ph.D. degree programmes as appropriate, on the recommendation of the appropriate Faculty Postgraduate Committee.
    • A candidate admitted to the degree of Master of University of Ibadan who obtained a weighted average mark of 55.0 – 59.9%, or a CGPA of between 4.0 and 4.9 may be offered provisional admission to the M.Phil./Ph.D programmes. Such candidates shall be assessed within three semesters of full time and four semesters of part time registration for the M.Phil/Ph.D to Ph.D conversion. This shall also apply to students who graduated from other universities    


    • All University of Ibadan graduates should be admitted to Postgraduate programme with the ordinary level criteria existing at the time their first admission. Candidate who did not fulfill the requirements as at the time of their admission are not eligible for consideration.
    • Special consideration may be given to candidates, who obtained their first degree not less than 20 years from the time of seeking admission to any postgraduate programmes. Such candidates must have been found to possess special skills or abilities and professionally or academically engaged during the period of 20 years.  


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Our postgraduate degree program in Drug Discovery, Development, and Production focuses on the scientific, technological, and regulatory aspects of the pharmaceutical industry. It provides our students with a comprehensive understanding of the processes involved in the discovery, development, and production of drugs. The program combines theoretical knowledge with practical training to equip professionals with the skills needed to contribute to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Here is an overview of the key components typically covered in a postgraduate degree program in Drug Discovery, Development, and Production:

Drug Discovery:

  • Introduction to the principles and strategies involved in the discovery of new drugs.
  • Study of target identification, screening methods, and hit-to-lead optimization.
  • Exploration of drug design techniques, including structure-based and ligand-based drug design.

Medicinal Chemistry:

  • Understanding the chemical properties of drugs and their interactions with biological targets.
  • Study of organic synthesis, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, and structure-activity relationships.
  • Exploration of medicinal chemistry approaches to optimize drug efficacy, selectivity, and safety.

Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Control:

  • Examination of analytical techniques used in drug development and production.
  • Study of methods for drug characterization, purity assessment, and stability testing.
  • Understanding quality control and assurance in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Pharmacology and Pharmacodynamics:

  1. Investigation of drug action and their effects on the body.
  2. Study of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug-receptor interactions.
  3. Exploration of preclinical and clinical pharmacology studies to assess drug safety and efficacy.

Drug Formulation and Delivery Systems:

  • Understanding the principles of drug formulation and dosage form development.
  • Study of various drug delivery systems, such as tablets, capsules, injectables, and transdermal patches.
  • Exploration of controlled release systems, nanotechnology-based delivery systems, and biopharmaceutical considerations.

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology:

  • Examination of biotechnological approaches in drug discovery and development.
  • Study of recombinant DNA technology, protein expression, and production of therapeutic biomolecules.
  • Understanding biopharmaceutical formulation, characterization, and regulatory considerations.

Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs:

  • Overview of regulatory requirements and processes involved in drug development and approval.
  • Study of regulatory guidelines, documentation, and submissions for clinical trials and marketing authorization.
  • Exploration of post-marketing surveillance, pharmacovigilance, and compliance with regulatory standards.

Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance:

  • Understanding the principles and practices of drug safety assessment and monitoring.
  • Study of adverse drug reactions, risk management plans, and post-marketing safety surveillance.
  • Exploration of pharmacovigilance systems, signal detection, and safety reporting.

Clinical Trials and Research Ethics:

  • Introduction to clinical trial design, conduct, and data analysis.
  • Study of ethical considerations, patient recruitment, informed consent, and trial management.
  • Exploration of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines and regulatory requirements for clinical research.

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Quality Assurance:

  • Overview of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes and good manufacturing practices (GMP).
  • Study of formulation development, process optimization, scale-up, and validation.
  • Understanding quality assurance, process control, and regulatory compliance in manufacturing facilities.

Project Management in Drug Development:

  • Introduction to project management principles and practices in the drug development process.
  •  Study of project planning, resource allocation, risk management, and timeline management.
  •  Exploration of cross-functional collaboration, stakeholder engagement, and decision-making in drug development projects.

Industry Trends and Commercialization:

  • Analysis of current trends, challenges

Few/Some of the Course Content

DDD 709Project
DDD 707Basics of Clinical trials and bioethics in drug development
DDD 706Seminar and Directed Reading
DDD 705Regulatory Documents and Generic Drug Approval Submissions
DDD 704Drug Manufacturing Processes II
DDD 703Drug Manufacturing Processes I
DDD 702Drug Development, Regulatory and Quality Compliance
DDD 701Fundamentals of Drug Discovery
DRP 701Quality Management, Audits and Inspections in the Pharmaceutical Industry
DDR 702Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Pharmaceutical Solids
DRP 703Development and Registration of Medical Devices and Diagnostic Tests 
DRP 704Food and Drug Laws
DRP 706Good Regulatory Practices in Drug Development  
DRP 707Molecular Basis of Drug Manufacturing 
DRP 708Documentation in Drug Development
DRP 709Post-marketing Development of     Medicines
DRP 712Biopharmaceutical and Bioequivalence Methods for Abbreviated New Drug Application
DRP 713Advanced Clinical Trials & Bioethics in Drug Development
DRP 714Seminar and Directed Reading

Entry Requirement


Career Path

Our postgraduate degree in Drug Discovery, Development, and Production opens up a wide range of career opportunities in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Our Graduates with expertise in this field can pursue various roles in drug discovery, preclinical and clinical development, regulatory affairs, manufacturing, quality control, and more. Here are some common career paths for individuals with a postgraduate degree in Drug Discovery, Development, and Production:

Drug Discovery Scientist:

  • Conduct research and develop new drugs by identifying potential drug targets, designing and synthesizing molecules, and evaluating their efficacy.
  • Work in pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, or academic research institutions.

Medicinal Chemist:

  • Design and synthesize novel compounds with therapeutic potential.
  • Optimize lead compounds for increased potency, selectivity, and safety.
  • Work in drug discovery and development teams in pharmaceutical companies or research organizations.

Pharmaceutical Analyst:

  •  Perform analytical testing and quality control of pharmaceutical products.
  •  Use various analytical techniques to ensure product quality, purity, and stability.
  •  Work in pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, quality control laboratories, or regulatory agencies.

Formulation Scientist:

  • Develop and optimize drug formulations and dosage forms.
  • Design drug delivery systems for optimal drug release and bioavailability.
  • Work in pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, or contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs).

Regulatory Affairs Specialist:

  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and guidelines for drug development and approval.
  • Prepare and submit regulatory documentation for clinical trials and marketing authorization.
  • Work in pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations (CROs), or regulatory agencies.

Clinical Research Associate:

  • Coordinate and monitor clinical trials to ensure compliance with protocols, regulatory requirements, and ethical standards.
  • Collect and analyze clinical trial data and ensure patient safety.
  • Work in pharmaceutical companies, CROs, or academic research centers.

Pharmacovigilance Specialist:

  • Monitor and evaluate the safety profile of drugs during their post-marketing phase.
  • Collect and analyze adverse event data, conduct risk assessments, and implement risk management strategies.
  • Work in pharmaceutical companies, regulatory agencies, or pharmacovigilance service providers.

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Specialist:

  • Oversee the manufacturing processes and ensure compliance with GMP regulations.
  • Optimize production efficiency and quality control.
  • Work in pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities or contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs).

Quality Assurance Manager:

  • Develop and implement quality assurance systems and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Conduct internal audits, oversee quality control processes, and manage regulatory inspections.
  • Work in pharmaceutical companies, CROs, or regulatory agencies.

Project Manager:

  • Manage drug development projects from discovery through clinical trials and commercialization.
  • Coordinate cross-functional teams, monitor project timelines and budgets, and ensure successful project execution.
  • Work in pharmaceutical companies, CROs, or project management consulting firms.

Business Development Manager:

  • Identify and evaluate partnership and collaboration opportunities for drug discovery, development, and commercialization.
  • Negotiate licensing agreements, collaborations, and strategic alliances.
  • Work in pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, or venture capital firms.

Academic or Industry Researcher:

  • Conduct research in academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, or research organizations.
  • Contribute to scientific advancements, publish research findings, and collaborate with other scientists.

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries offer diverse opportunities, and professionals can specialize further within specific areas based on their interests and expertise. Continuous learning, staying updated with industry advancements, and certification may be required to pursue some career paths in this field...



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