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BS252 - Molecular Endocrinology

  • Module code: BS252
  • Module name: Molecular Endocrinology
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is designed as a foundation for the further study of endocrinology at the cellular & molecular level as well as providing a firm basis for understanding normal hormonal control. The module will describe basic endocrinology and its regulation in man. Where appropriate, the underlying pathologies of important endocrine diseases will be discussed. The module will provide a basic understanding of the molecular mechanisms of hormone action and will include a description of the main hormone receptors and their signal transduction pathways.

Principal learning outcomes

The objectives of this course are to introduce the basic principles, organs and systems in mammalian (human) endocrinology. Students will be able to identify the organs involved in endocrine function, will know the major hormones that are produced by these organs and will know the physiological effect of these hormones. In addition, students will be introduced to the molecular mechanisms of action of many of these mediators and will start to appreciate biochemical and signalling events at the cellular and whole animal level. An understanding of appropriate key human endocrine disorders will also be discussed.

Timetabled teaching activities

Term 2, Weeks 11-15

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: BS252-12)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science (MBio) (C1A3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science (C1B9) - Year 2