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BIOL6071 Cancer Chromosome Biology

Module Overview

This module will deliver a comprehensive analysis of selected topics associated with the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive cancer development and lead to tumour progression. This will involve exploring the genetic drivers of disease, the mechanisms of aneuploidy, how the immune system influences tumour development, the impact of disrupted cellular signalling pathways on cancer progression, and the mechanisms of tumour metastasis and invasion. In addition, genomic and proteomic research methods utilised to probe the underlying mechanisms of cancer will be discussed.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain cancer genetics and how somatic mutations drive disease.
  • Describe methods to probe the genome to detect cancer mutations.
  • Describe the processes that control the association and disassociation of chromosomes during cell division.
  • Describe how tumour cells are recognised and targeted by the immune system.
  • Explain the cancer immunoediting model using relevant examples of immune escape mechanisms.
  • Describe how dysregulation of basic cellular signalling pathways contributes to the development of cancer.
  • Explain how tumour-stroma interactions influence cancer progression.
  • Describe the process of epithelial-mesenchymal transformation and the mechanisms of tumour metastasis.


- Carcinogenesis - Genetic causes of cancer - Cancer genomics - The control of chromosome segregation - Tumour and immune cell interactions - Tumour immune escape - The impacts of dysregulated cancer cell signalling - Epithelial-mesenchymal transformation - Tumour metastasis and invasion

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is delivered principally via lectures, supported by informal discussions with lecturers and independent study of recommended reading material.

Independent Study130
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 20%
Coursework 15%
Written assessment 65%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 15%
Coursework 20%
Written assessment  (2 hours) 65%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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