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Dr Marcus Coffey

Dr Marcus Coffey


School of Medicine

+44 (0)29 20 688101
5th Floor, Cochrane Building, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YU
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I am the Director of Phase I of the MBBCh programme at Cardiff School of Medicine. I'm also a Reader in Pharmacology and teach the subject to our Medical and BSc undergraduate students.

Although we only ever want drugs to have a therapeutic effect in patients, we also have to recognise that drugs have the potential to cause unwanted side effects. So the more healthcare professionals understand about how drugs are developed; how they have their effects and how a patient responds to the presence of a drug in their body, the safer prescribing medicines becomes.

To more fully understand the actions of drugs in the body, the subject of Pharmacology also explores a variety of under-pinning medical science topics, which involves me teaching our students biochemistry, genetics, immunology, physics, physiology and pathology- all so students can determine when a drug is (or is not) indicated for a particular condition.

My teaching methods have won a number of awards and use interactive computer animations to help explain scientific processes, plus I give our students hands-on practical experiences of using drugs in clinical scenarios.

I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE).


  • Newton, Z. and Coffey, M. 2018. Case writing workshop. Presented at: Centre for Medical Education, Queen?s University Belfast Curriculum Showcase, Queen's University Belfast, 2018. pp. -.







I teach extensively on the following programmes of study:

MBBCh (UCAS: A100/ A101)

Medical Pharmacology BSc (UCAS: B210)

I have a particular interest in teaching cardiovascular pharmacology