Taught course

Molecular Pathology and Genomics

Queen Mary, University of London · Barts Cancer Institute

Entry requirements

The programme will be open to clinicians, graduate scientists, nurses, and other medical professionals working in a clinical, industrial or academic research environment. Entry to the programme requires a good degree (or degree-equivalent) qualification from a recognised academic institution or an appropriate professional qualification or experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme combines in-depth teaching of disease mechanisms and molecular technologies with an emphasis on developing your critical and practical skills. It will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to pursue a research career, either in a clinical or scientific setting, and contribute to the growing need for scientists and clinicians to translate molecular advances into the clinical situation.

On completion of the programme you will:
Demonstrate a core understanding of human pathology and molecular biology
Have an in-depth knowledge of the principles and applications of molecular technologies as applied to human disease
Be proficient in experimental design, bioinformatics, data mining and interpretation
be skilled in oral and written presentation and in critical review of the literature
have contributed to the research process through experience of a laboratory project placement
Understand the ethical framework of the research process
We place a strong emphasis on development of your practical skills and this is reflected in the Research Skills Module, and the three month laboratory-based project.

Programme outline
Core modules:

Basic Molecular Biology
Basic Pathology
Cancer Prevention and Screening
Genomic Approaches to Human Diseases
Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Molecular Pathology of Solid Tumours
Research Skills and Sciences
Laboratory project
Optional modules:

Biological Therapies
Introduction to Bio-Informatics
Molecular Genetics of Haematologic Malignancies

Information for international students

We have a diverse staff and student population and welcome students from around the world. Our International Office offers comprehensive support to international students during the admissions process, with the aim of helping you choose the right course and helping you with the transition to studying in the UK.

Fees and funding

UK students
See website for fees
International students
See website for fees

QMUL provides assistance for students wishing to undertake further studies with us. For the latest information on studentships please visit our website: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/funding_masters/49978.html

For up to date tuition fees please see our website: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/tuitionfees/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


distance learning
12/24 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment27
Dissertation33 (5000 words)

Course contact details

Robert Carver
+44 (0)20 7014 2081