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PA4005: MOLECULAR PHARMACOLOGY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:40


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr James Hislop

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Either Any Undergraduate Programme or Programme Level 4
  • 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)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 9, 11
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 10

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

OSPE 15%

Case Study 15%

Exam 70%

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Online exam

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualAnalyseTo learn how to analyse and interpret primary scientific data and present the findings to a broad audience.

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