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Course Overview

  • Biochemical pharmacology and toxicology is a broad ranging course covering many fundamental aspects of pharmacology. It lays appropriate foundations upon which advanced Pharmacological understanding is developed.
  • Key aspects are:
    - 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 relevant 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 medical research discoveries

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Prof Steven Tucker

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

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, ADE, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, carcinogenesis, mutagenesis and biochemical mechanisms of drug action. Latterly, the course will focus on special study areas relating to pharmacology and toxicology of the renal and respiratory systems.

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8, 15
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 9 - 14, 17
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 16, 18
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 12, 15 - 16
  • 2 Tutorials during University week9
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 11 - 12, 14

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

3x Online Case Studies = 10% each

1x Practical Report (on actual practical) = 20%

1x Practical Data Analysis (through MyAberdeen) = 10%

1 x 40 Question Multiple Choice Question Assessment = 40%

Alternative Resit Assessment

Online exam

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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