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BIOL3043 Cellular and Molecular Pathology

Module Overview

The module will cover recent advances in selected areas of molecular cell biology explaining key aspects of cell and molecular biology required to understand these studies. The relevance of these studies to advancement of medical science will also be explored.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To study recent advances in selected areas of biomedical science. • To gain insight into the use of basic science in understanding the cell and molecular biology of specific disease processes.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Regulation of epithelial cell-cell adhesion by tumour suppressors and protooncogenes. Dysregulation of this process in invasion and metastasis of cancer cells.
  • Basic outline of control of the cell cycle and cell metabolism. The role of dysregulation of these processes by genetic and epigenetic changes in the progression and treatment of cancer. 
  • Key aspects of apoptosis and its misregulation in cancers.
  • Key aspects of the molecular basis of ageing.
  • Understand the mechanisms of tumour cell motility, and how cancers spread.
  • Define the processes that occur during acute brain injury, and the pathogenesis of acute neurodegeneration
  • The role of stem cells in normal physiology, and their potential for therapy. The potential of IVF and preimplantation genetic diagnosis.


To define recent advances in selected areas of molecular cell biology. To learn aspects of basic cell and molecular biology required to understand these studies To demonstrate how these advances are expanding our knowledge of medical science

Special Features


Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and independent study.

Independent Study135
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Written exam 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written exam 100%

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: BIOL2002 or BIOL2003 or BIOL2014

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