Substances of Abuse - PSCI7130

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 15 (7.5) Stefano Biagini checkmark-circle


This module will allow students to develop knowledge of elements of synthetic organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry which are relevant to substances of abuse, and the theoretical chemistry and principles of analysis and identification of several substances that are substances of abuse. The following are indicative:

• Amphetamines and related compounds
• LSD and related compounds
• Cannabis and Cannabis products
• Opiate compounds
• Cocaine and related compounds
• Certain controlled pharmaceutical drugs


Contact hours

Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

• Scientific Presentation (15 minutes) – 15%
• Case Study Presentation (5 minutes) – 10%
• Assignment – 5%
• Examination (3 hours) – 70%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theoretical chemistry of the principles of analysis and identification of several chemicals that are related to substances of abuse.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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