Biochemistry BSc/MSci

Molecular Basis of Cardiometabolic Disease 4B option BIOL4079

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Molecular Biosciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This option discusses the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie the aetiology of several human diseases, focussing on cardio-metabolic diseases. 


This option is assigned to block S2-B. There are normally 3 hours of teaching on Tuesdays, which may be split over more than one session. 

Excluded Courses



The course will be assessed by a 2-hour examination (75%) and in-course assessment consisting of a written review of a scientific paper (25%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce students to current hypotheses concerning the biochemical and cellular processes which lead to individual disease states and to defined groups of diseases. The course will discuss experimental models of disease and the generation of therapeutic reagents.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically discuss the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie human cardiometabolic diseases;

■ Interpret experimental data concerning the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate human health in the context of cardiometabolic diseases.

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.