Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Basic Science of Diabetes: Tissues, Cells and Signalling MED5400

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth and critical knowledge of the basic science underlying diabetes and vascular disease at the tissue, cellular and molecular level and provides an insight into the complex signalling pathways underlying these diseases.


2 weekly sessions of 1-3 hour each over 10 weeks.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





2500-3000 essay - 50% 

1.5 hour exam - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To provide the students an in-depth knowledge of the molecular and genetic pathways underlying diabetes and vascular disease ranging from well-established mechanisms to newer insights.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate an in-depth and critical appraisal of current knowledge on the cellular, molecular and genetic pathways underlying diabetes and vascular disease  

■ Discuss critically, and in depth, novel molecular and genetic pathways underlying diabetes and vascular disease with reference to the primary literature

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.