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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

The course focuses on the molecular mechanisms of drug action and how cutting edge research can advance current therapeutic approaches to disease.   The utility of molecular pharmacology will be highlighted in the context of current and future drug discovery for cardiovascular, neurological and metabolic diseases and cancer. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Fiona Murray

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or MSc Clinical Pharmacology (Studied) or MSc Drug Discovery and Development (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • MT5008 Molecular Pharmacology (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will cover the molecular mechanisms of drug action and provide examples of how knowledge of the pathophysiology of disease can yield novel drug targets. Topics covered will included drug-receptor theory, signal transduction and pharmacogenomics.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 9, 12
  • 1 Science Laboratory during University week11
  • 1 Lecture during University week7
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 9, 12 - 13
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 10, 14 - 16
  • 1 Tutorial during University week17
  • 1 Workshop during University week10

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Multiple Choice Questions (10%); Data handling  (10%); Extended practical report  (30%); Problem 1 (25%); Case study analysis  (25%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Significant feedback will be provided for assessed exercises

Course Learning Outcomes


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