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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • this course provides topical reviews of receptor diversity, expression and signalling in the contexts of both basic science and applications in the treatments of disease and ill health;
  • modern and developing aspects of pharmacology are linked with proteomics/ genomics, therapeutics and methods of drug discovery;
  • specialist emerging aspects of molecular pharmacology including biased ligands and receptor trafficking and their role in disease will be studied in detail;
  • in addition to lectures the course includes advanced data analysis-based tutorials and data presentation which will enhance transferable skills and add to graduate portfolios

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr James Hislop

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • One of Intercalating (Studied) or BM3502 Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology (Passed) or BSc Immunology and Pharmacology (Studied) or MSci in Immunology and Pharmacology with Indust'l Placement (Studied) or BSc Immunology & Pharmacology (Biobus) (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

This course provides (1) a recap and extension of third year material and (2) a more advanced account of selected topics some of which relate to the research interests of the individual academic staff of Biomedical Sciences and others which are topical areas in molecular pharmacology. The topics for study will include: cellular and molecular actions of drugs (thalidomide, Parkinson’s disease and addiction), bioinformatics and systems biology applied to pharmacology, sphingosine-1-phosphate signalling, G-protein-coupled receptor activation, signalling and trafficking, diabetes and insulin resistance, marine natural products and gastro-intestinal pharmacology and therapeutics.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • 1 two-hour essay examination (70%)
  • Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) (20%)
  • Oral presentation (10%)

Formative Assessment

- Four problem-solving tutorials.


- Essays and oral presentations will be marked and written comments provided. - Problem solving questions will be discussed during tutorials.

Course Learning Outcomes


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