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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

  • ability to describe using examples the structure of membrane receptors; 
  • understand the various ways in which receptor proteins transmit information from the extra-cellular environment to their intracellular site of action;
  • describe how cross-talk between different signalling pathways can be achieved; 
  • understand how signalling pathways are structured and compartmentalised within the cell; 
  • understand the scientific methods used to study receptors and signalling pathways; 
  • the role of cell signalling in health and disease

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Iain McEwan

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • One of Intercalating (Studied) or MB3005 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Passed) or MB3006 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Passed)
  • Either Intercalating (Studied) or MB4050 Honours Advanced Molecular Biology (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: The aim of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of selected aspects in Biochemistry. Main Learning Outcomes: Students will gain up-to-date knowledge and understanding of key signalling molecules important for human development and health. Students will get a better understanding of the scientific process by critically engaging with primary research literature. Subject-specific knowledge will be enhanced by independent research and a tutorial. Content: The course will cover recent developments in cell signalling important for human development and health. This is complemented by tutorials that introduce other topical aspects in biochemistry.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 2-hour written paper (70%) and in-course assessment consisting of one 2000 written research feature (30%). Resit: One 3-hour written paper (75%) and previous in-course assessment consisting of one 2000 word essay (25%).

Formative Assessment

- Mock exam with tutor allows students to practice for essay based exams and receive feedback on their performance. - Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen - Problem-solving sessions with tutor - Essay preparation with tutor


- Essays will be marked with written comments. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. - Comments will be provided on the mock exam question.

Course Learning Outcomes


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