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Course Overview

  • this will be the first specific Pharmacology course encountered, and lays appropriate foundations upon which advanced Pharmacological understanding is developed; 
  • critical concepts of pharmacological and toxicological relevance are covered in-depth at a molecular and biochemical level, with the ultimate significance to the human organism also studied; 
  • a modern and recently developed practical thread (partly funded by the British Pharmacological Society) permits application of lecture materials, and enhances employability through development of relevant core practical skills; 
  • research-led special topics are also embedded where the materials studied are put in context through teaching driven by recent organ system medical research

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Steve Tucker

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • One of BI20M3 Molecular Biology of the Gene (Passed) or BI25M6 Energy for Life (Passed) or BI25M7 Energy for Life (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PA3003 Biochemical Pharmacology (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course covers an introduction to bioanalytical techniques used in pharmacology and toxicology, ADME, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, an introduction to toxicology, carcinogenesis, mutagenesis and biochemical mechanisms of drug action. Latterly, the course will focus on special study areas relating to pharmacology + toxicology of the renal, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems.

Further Information & Notes

Up-dated assessment details:-
1st attempt: 1 three hour written examination paper (70%) and in-course assessment (30%) (3 practical reports (7.5% each) and 3 assignments (2.5% each)).  Resit:- 1 three-hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology)
  • BSc Immunology & Pharmacology (Biobus)
  • BSc Immunology and Pharmacology
  • BSc Pharmacology
  • BSc Pharmacology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc in Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology & Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Immunology And Pharmacology (Biobusiness)
  • MSci Pharmacology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Pharmacology) with Ind'l Pla'mnt
  • MSci in Immunology and Pharmacology with Indust'l Placement
  • Master In Science In Pharmacology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology & Bio Bus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

80 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (70%) and in-course assessment - essays, calculations, problem solving, laboratory reports, MCQ's (30%). Resit: 1 three-hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment

The students complete multiple formative exercises throughout the course relating to the different blocks of lectures. Formative problems and questions will also be issued in the practicals for students to attempt.


- Students get significant feedback on all of their submitted practical reports and their assignments that they do as part of the continuous assessment. They also get feedback relating to the solutions to the formative problems that they are faced with. - All the assignments will be discussed with the students after they have completed them and submitted, so the written feedback is backed up with verbal feedback. - Further feedback is available on request and encouraged by the responsible lecturer.

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