The Musculoskeletal System in Health and Disease

Module overview

This module will provide students with a strong foundation and understanding of the structure and properties of the musculoskeletal system, including bone, cartilage and skeletal muscle and their functional role in maintaining health.  The module will also provide insight into the effect of ageing on the musculoskeletal system, the key signalling pathways involved, and the impact on associated chronic disorders including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and type II diabetes.  Finally this module will provide students with an understanding of the rationale behind available pharmacological therapeutics and those currently in development to combat musculoskeletal ageing. 


20 masters level credits

Module attendance required

The module will be delivered by a combination of staff lectures, student-led seminars and journal clubs and supervised laboratory practical sessions with a total of 90 contact hours.

Modules dates

Semester 1 - exact dates to be confirmed


Written essay-based 2 hour examination at the end of the module (100%)

Academics involved in the deliver of this modules