Molecular Pharmacology (C7128)
15 credits, Level 6
In this module, you examine the actions of drugs at the molecular level. And you analyse the methods employed to study these interactions. These methods include molecular cloning, receptor binding and cell-based functional assays.
The focus of your studies is receptor binding theory and the effects of drugs on intracellular signalling pathways.
In the module, you study a variety of drug targets in detail, including examples of the G-Protein couple receptor (GPCR), ligand-gated ion channel, neurotransmitter transporter and enzyme facilities.
You use GPCRs to exemplify the effects of drugs on second messenger systems (e.g. cyclic AMP, inositol trisphosphate) and related signalling cascades - and the GABAA receptor is highlighted as a prototypic ligand-gated ion channel.
15%: Seminar (Class)
30%: Coursework (Test)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)
Contact hours and workload
This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 30 hours of contact time and 120 hours of independent study.
This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.