Cell Signalling - BIOS6020

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The module begins by overviewing the diverse mechanisms used by cells to communicate, considering the main modes of cell-cell communication, the major classes of signalling molecules and the receptor types upon which they act. It then focuses on nuclear, G-protein coupled, and enzyme linked receptors covering in molecular detail these receptors and their associated signal transduction pathways.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 32
Total Private Study Hours: 118
Total Study Hours: 150


It is required that you have taken all the core modules within stage 2 of one of our Bioscience programmes in order to take this module.

Method of assessment

Practical Report (2,000 words) – 35%
Examination (2 hours) – 65%
Academic year 2023/24 examined: TBC

Indicative reading

Hancock JT, Cell Signalling, Fourth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lim, W., Mayer, B., and Pawson, T. (2015). Cell Signalling – Principles and Mechanisms, New York: Garland Science.
Lodish H et al. (2016). Molecular Cell Biology, Eighth Edition. New York: WH Freeman & Co
Nelson, J, (2008). Structure and Function in Cell Signalling, New York: Wiley Blackwell

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the major classes of signalling molecules, their receptors and intracellular signalling pathways.
Demonstrate confident and professional practical and data handling skills associated with monitoring intracellular signalling.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Interpret and retrieve information confidently and accurately.
Analyse and evaluate data with a high degree of accuracy.
Demonstrate effective communication skills.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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