Molecular Pathology and Cell Biology of Cancer

Module code: MB7401

This module will employ a molecular pathology approach to the study of cancer.  We will explore the molecular changes that take place during the progression of a cell -from normal cell to a malignant tumour. We will consider the role of molecular mechanisms involved in changing cell structure and gene expression, to cancer development and tumour biology. This module will enhance your understanding of the comparative use of different laboratory methodologies used in molecular pathology and therapeutics of cancer, in terms of their applicability, sensitivity, reproducibility and validity.

We will highlight the principles behind cancer epidemiology and factors relating to cancer risk and develop the transferable skills necessary for a future in academia or in your prospective career, this includes:

  • Undertaking data analysis, interpretation and presentation using statistics and numeracy skills
  • Solving complex problems where data are incomplete or contradictory
  • Communicating complex issues in writing (or in written and oral 


  • 29 hours of lectures
  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 8 hours of tutorials
  • 120 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 123 hours of guided independent study


  • Data interpretation exam, 2.5 hours (60%)
  • Data analysis and critical interpretation I, 1,500 words (15%)
  • Data analysis and critical interpretation II, 2,500 words (25%)