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BIOL6039 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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Regulation of cancer development tumour suppressors and proto-oncogenes. The processes whereby cancer cells metastasise.
  • The theory of cancer evolution and its clinical implications.
  • 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 mis-regulation in cancers.
  • The role of immune system in regulating antitumor responses and the mechanism of action of immuno-oncology agents in cancer therapy.
  • The importance of interactions between tumour cells and their microenvironment on cancer development and treatment.
  • 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 in vitro fertilisation (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

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, research paper reviews and independent study.

Independent Study126
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Literature review with presentation  (1500 words) 30%
Written assessment 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Literature review with presentation 30%
Written assessment 70%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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