Cancer Therapeutics

Module code: MB7403

Module Outline

Building on teaching delivered in the first semester this module places the molecular and cell biology of cancer into a translational context. Delivered by both academic and clinical staff, the module covers inter-related, yet diverse areas including:

  • Biomarkers of cancer and their use in diagnosis and monitoring
  • Cancer chemoprevention
  • Strategies and mechanisms of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Immunotherapy and biological therapy of cancer
  • Surgery and cancer treatment
  • Anti-cancer drug target discovery
  • The design and validation and clinical trials

The module tests the learning objectives through a short individual literature-based project enabling one of these areas to be examined in greater depth.


  • 31 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of tutorials
  • 4 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 6 hours of external visits
  • 101 hours of guided independent study


  • Written exam, two and a half hours (60%)
  • Experimental design report, 3,000 words (40%)