Endocrinology in Health & Disease BIOL5303

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Molecular Biosciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course will discuss the importance of hormones in coordinating and regulating normal physiology and how this can be altered in disease states. This will require integrating knowledge, skills and basic concepts from a variety of disciplines including physiology, pharmacology and anatomy. Students will discuss how the endocrine system can be used to develop new clinical therapies.


This course takes place over 3 weeks in semester 2.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1. Paper Analysis and lay summary - 30% (350 words approx.)

2. Written Assignment - 70%

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide insight into how the endocrine system regulates the body in health and disease. Students will learn to critically evaluate published data surrounding current research and clinical practice in the field and appraise the current research and strategies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Give detailed explanations of normal endocrine anatomy and physiology.

■ Critically discuss how the endocrine system is altered in examples of diseased states.

■ Critically evaluate current research and/or clinical therapies in endocrinology.

■ Design possible strategies for utilising the endocrine system to develop new therapies

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.