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Cancer Molecular Pathology and Therapeutics MSc, PGCert

Cancer Molecular Pathology and Therapeutics MSc, PGCert

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Pathology Oncology

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for you if you want to study the molecular pathology, biology and therapeutics of cancer at an advanced level and develop a dynamic career in biological research or continue with further postgraduate study. This full time postgraduate degree will equip you with the knowledge, expertise and experience to make a real difference in the understanding and treatment of cancer. You will study the mechanistic nature of cancer biology and apply that knowledge to the analysis and understanding of risk, prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. Building on a solid foundation of learned basic cancer cell biology, you will consider and experience the design of treatment modalities and prevention strategies, including the mechanisms of action of anti-cancer drugs and radiation treatment, therapy resistance and biomarker discovery.

Assessment is a mix of formal exams (MCQ, short-answer and long-answer/essay) and coursework including practical reports, presentations and other written tasks. Assessment of the laboratory research project is based on your lab performance, the written dissertation and the project presentation. The research training you receive and the research project you conduct will provide training that PhD supervisors and employers value highly when recruiting their postgraduate research students from around the world. You will also achieve PGCert award in this course.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module is designed to develop your experimental research skills and give you a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of key molecular biology techniques. This module will demonstrate how to use online bioinformatics/nucleic acid sequence databases for sequence comparisons and PCR primer design. During this module you will develop key scientific principles and develop effective laboratory report writing skills to summarise, present and critically appraise data in the context of the scientific literature.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Students need 2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant bioscience subject such as biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology etc. We also welcome applicants with significant relevant industrial or professional experience, and medically qualified applicants with a strong background in molecular biology and/or cell biology.

University information

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