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It's an exciting time for laboratory medicine, with advances in molecular pathology leading to major innovations in patient care and academic research.

With a vision of creating the next generation of leaders in molecular pathology, this programme provides state-of-the-art training to help you acquire the essential knowledge and skills to make a difference in this dynamic field. 

This programme has been developed to facilitate the pathologists, clinical scientists, trainees (and those in related health professions) to acquire essential knowledge, skills and attributes required to help shape to the future of molecular pathology 

We are one of the few centres where molecular pathology and diagnostic histopathology are amalgamated on one site, permitting the delivery of a clinically relevant blended molecular pathology programme. 

Key focus areas are diagnostic molecular pathology, clinical trials and translational research in molecular pathology, pathology bioinformatics and digital pathology. Youll be trained from the purpose-built Laboratory Medicine Building at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, which provides services to 52% of the Scottish population. This is one of the largest NHS departments of pathology in Europe, accommodating around 50 consultant pathologists. 

The MSc is led by the national leaders directly engaged in key initiatives in molecular pathology, so you will be kept up to date with information and the current needs identified by professional societies, research councils and charity organisations. 

This blended learning programme offers maximum flexibility, making it ideal if you wish to study molecular pathology while on clinical duties and pathology training. Moodle-based learning sessions will allow you to study within your own schedule. In-person review sessions allow active interactions with course contributors and other students. Case-based and hands-on sessions facilitate the knowledge and skills acquired in clinical diagnosis as the programme proceeds, so you will stay motivated throughout the whole programme.

Programme outcomes

  • Illustrate the principles in molecular biology and genetics that are relevant to molecular pathology diagnosis
  • Identify ethical issues surrounding molecular pathology diagnosis
  • Classify essential molecular tests, techniques and sample preparation processes used in molecular pathology diagnosis
  • Formulate and assess data analysis and interpretation of molecular tests
  • Critically discuss the importance of molecular databases and informatics
  • Evaluate the clinicopathological context, implementation and implications of molecular pathology diagnosis
  • Interpret and evaluate molecular data for molecular pathology diagnosis
  • Generate effective reports in molecular pathology
  • Apply knowledge of the structure and organisation of diagnostic services to your practice
  • Develop and apply the management skills required for the running of a laboratory in molecular pathology
  • Recognise and apply appropriate health and safety regulations in a molecular pathology laboratory
  • Apply knowledge, skills and attitude to effectively participate in research projects in molecular pathology
  • Apply knowledge, skills and attitude to provide appropriate teaching in molecular pathology
  • Make use of web-based literature search engines, library resources and databases to consult publications and retrieve related material
  • Critically analyse and evaluate published literature on relevant areas of research
  • Synthesise written papers such as case reports and a Dissertation
  • Prepare and deliver effective oral and poster presentations

Career outlook

Our Molecular Pathology programme will open doors to a wide range of jobs in this field. Youll develop the necessary skills for a career in:  

  • Clinical practice
  • The NHS
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • Academic research


The programme consists of three compulsory courses worth 60 credits in total. Then you have the opportunity to choose up to six advanced courses to make up a further 60 credits. These courses are a mix of online and face-to-face courses. You will also complete a compulsory Dissertation worth 60 credits, which is followed by an oral presentation.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract


  • Fundamentals of Molecular Biology and Genetics for Histopathology (20 credits)
  • Molecular Tests and Techniques for Histopathology (20 credits)
  • Multidisciplinary Approaches to Molecular Pathology (20 credits)
  • Dissertation in Molecular Pathology (60 credits)


  • Omic Technologies for Biomedical Sciences: From Genomics to Metabolomics (20 Credits)
  • Designing a Research Project: Biomedical Research Methodology (20 Credits)
  • Health Economics for Health Technology Assessment (Online) (20 Credits)
  • Disease Screening in Populations (10 Credits)
  • Medical Statistics (Online) (10 Credits)
  • Statistical Methods for Health Technology Assessment and Evidence Based Medicine (Online) (20 Credits)
  • Leadership in Health Professions Education (Online) (10 Credits)
  • Managing the Health Professions Curriculum (Online) (10 Credits)
  • Governance and Ethics in Education Research (Online) (10 Credits)
  • Medical and Research Ethics (10 Credits)
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods (Online) (20 Credits)
  • Biomarkers for Precision Medicine (Blended) (20 Credits)
  • Drug Discovery and Clinical Trials for Molecular Pathology (Blended) (20 Credits)

Visit the Molecular Pathology - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!





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