Cell Regulation and Pharmacology (C7108)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

You will study the mechanisms through which human cells are regulated, looking at some of the major signalling pathways in the body and exploring the clinical consequences of defective cell regulation.

You will then explore the scientific foundations that underpin modern pharmacological interventions, including an understanding of the mechanisms of:

  • drug action
  • absorption
  • distribution
  • metabolism
  • elimination.

You’ll learn the principles of drug discovery, personalised medicine, the safety assessments that must be carried out, and different stages of clinical trials. This knowledge will be integrated with experience in a range of skills relevant to the investigation of drug action.


64%: Lecture (Lecture, Pre-recorded content)
29%: Practical (Online laboratory)
7%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Problem set)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 27 hours of contact time and about 123 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: