Programme Administrator
Olive Thomas

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This course will provide students with an understanding of the scientific foundations of the study of pharmacology. This includes the basic principles of drug action, including receptor theory, agonism and antagonism, the principal classes of drug targets and signal transduction mechanisms. Concurrently, the course will provide an introduction to pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism.

This course will comprise three core teaching blocks, a self-directed learning block involving independent and group work, and a 15-week research project. 

The Course Director is Dr Alex Miras.

Aims and objectives

The course will investigate the following core areas:

  • Receptors as drug targets
  • Hormones as drug targets
  • Enzymes and ion channels as drug targets
  • Data handling and statistics
  • Critical appraisal of scientific writing
  • Scientific writing

At the end of the course the students will be able to:

  • understand the nature and purpose of the scientific method and its relation to the practice of medicine
  • understand the importance of receptors, enzymes and ion channels as drug targets

Further Information and Application Guidance

With the exception of BSc Management and BSc Biomedical Engineering, all of Imperial College's intercalated BSc courses run from September until May. The courses comprise a 12 week teaching block where the students gain specialism-specific knowledge and skills, alongside their research training of core research knowledge and skills. All students also perform a 15 week research project within their specialism.

More information about applying for/undertaking an intercalated BSc course at Imperial College London and also the structure of our courses can be found in the downloadable Imperial College London Intercalated BSc Guide - 2022-23 Entry (PDF).

If you have any queries about the application process, please email the Faculty Education Office (BSc Team) at feo.bsc@imperial.ac.uk.