PhD and Postgraduate Advanced Course: ADVANCED DRUG DELIVERY

Course Objectives

Modulation of transport across biological barriers, including the intracellular ones, is one of the major challenges in drug delivery. Frequently therapeutic molecules, irrespective of molecular weight or origin, do not possess the required physicochemical properties to reach the target site or enter diseased cells, needing delivery and targeting systems that aim to overcome these limitations, reducing toxicity and improving drug performance. Students will be educated in comprehensive concepts needed to approach advanced drug delivery at cellular and molecular biology levels. They will have contact with relevant matters such as the physicochemical and biological determinants of passively and actively targeted drug delivery, including the nanotechnological approaches to nanomedicine.

At the end of the course students should demonstrate integrated knowledge of the scientific principles that support the multidisciplinary field of advanced drug delivery in its different components.

For that purpose, the course will include the following main subjects:

Fundamentals of advanced drug delivery and targeting;

  • Rate control in drug delivery and targeting;
  • Approaches for overcoming biological barriers;
  • Routes of drug delivery;
  • Future directions of drug delivery and targeting.



António J. Almeida e Helena Florindo

Target audience

PhD students in the context of their doctoral programmes.

Professionals, lecturers, scientists and students who wish to deepen their knowledge in the area of advanced drug delivery and targeting, particularly pharmacists, medical doctors, biologists, Biochemists, Chemists, among others.

Course Structure

This course will run from March 20, 2023 to March 24, 2023. It has a total of 22.5h of training

Total of ECTS: 6 ECTS.

The training hours are distributed as follows:

  • Theoretical Hours: 22,5h
  • Tutorial Hours: 10,0h

The course will take place over 4 days, from 09:00h to 18:00h, with presence or online lectures.

Program and Evaluation



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The evaluation of students attending the course consists of the preparation and submission of a small research project (10000 characters, including spaces). This project should propose a potential solution for a delivery/therapeutic problem using an advanced drug delivery approach.

The document to be submitted is expected to adhere to the following general guidelines:

  1. Project description should address a relevant research question in advanced drug delivery;
  2. Contents, including title, delivery/therapeutic problem and innovative solution to be tested, plan of research and methods, and relevance of the project (scientific and social impact);
  3. The students will be distributed in groups. Each group is asked to choose a research topic and is expected to propose a specific project that will be evaluated according to the following criteria: novelty and relevance (30%); clear description of the proposed approach (40%); interdisciplinarity of the research plan (30%).


Applications and Enrollment: by March 16, 2023

Course Start and Completion Date: March 20 to March 24, 2023


Access Qualifications:

Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD.

Selection and seriation criteria:

Order of entry of applications and proof of degree.

  • Minimum number of students to function: 8
  • Maximum number of trainees to run: 50

Note: 15 places are reserved for FFUL PhD students


Enrolment fee:

  • 250€ for student enrolment,
  • 600 for professional and corporate enrolment

Note: FFUL doctoral students who wish to take the course as part of their 1st year curricular component are exempt from paying the registration fee.

School Insurance: 2.03€

By application of paragraph e) of point 2 of Article 42 of the University of Lisbon’s Statutes, and taking into account the terms for the attribution of PRR funding under the “Impulso Adultos” program, the Organic Unit responsible for the coordination of each course may award academic performance prizes.


Access to the FenixEdu Platform:

  • If you have never been a student at FFULisboa you must pre-register on the FenixEdu Platform.
  • If you are a former student of FFULisboa and have already had an account campus@ulisboa or you should access the FenixEdu Platform and authenticate yourself with your account data. If you have lost access to your account, you can recover your password in the ULisboa users area.
  • If you are a former student of FFULisboa and have never had an account campus@ulisboa or you must send an email to indicating your full name and ID document number.

Access the FenixEdu Platform.

  • On the tab “Candidate”, choose the type of application: “Non Degree Courses – 2022/2023”, select the course “Advanced Drug Delivery”.
  • Fill out the online form and attach all documents in digital format.
  • Select the “Submit” option.


For information regarding the organization of the course, please contact the Academic Services:

For scientific information regarding the teaching of the course, please contact the Course Coordination.