Module Overview

Molecular Oncology

The aim of this module is to provide knowledge and understanding of molecular biomarkers in cancer pathogenesis, diagnosis, monitoring and therapeutics. The genetic basis of inherited and acquired cancers involving tumour suppressor genes, oncogenes and genomic stability will be discussed, in addition to the contributions of mechanisms such as inflammation and environmental exposures. Students will explore the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of cancer and will cover both the scientific and clinical challenges pertinent to the management of specific cancers. Aspects of cancer investigation from molecular diagnostics to standardised and personalised molecular targeted therapies will also be explored. 

Module Code

BIOL 4008

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change
  • Molecular carcinogenesis of inherited and acquired cancers 

  • The role of array analysis and/or gene sequencing in inherited and acquired cancers 

  • Cancer diagnostics including cytological, histological, morphological, immunophenotyping and genetic analysis 

  • Biomarker assays in diagnosis and monitoring of cancer and detection of minimal residual disease. 

  • Current and emerging biomarker assays in diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of cancer 

  • Targeted therapy – the role of laboratory molecular biomarkers assays in theranostics 

Lectures, practicals, workshops, journal clubs, tutorials, student-directed reading and online resources. 

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40