This programme aims to respond to a national and international need for clinicians, scientists and allied health professions who can apply a molecular approach to the investigation, diagnosis and management of clinical disease.
We will provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge of modern molecular technologies as applied to human disease, with an emphasis on cancer, and train you in the application and interpretation of advanced molecular technologies.
• Basic Pathology • Cancer Biology • Cancer Prevention & Screening • Genomic Approaches to Human Diseases • Molecular Diagnostic & Therapeutics • Molecular Pathology of Solid Tumours • Research Lab Skills • Research Methods
• Introduction to Bioinformatics • Biological Therapies • Molecular Targeted Therapies and Immunotherapy for Blood Cancers
Core Modules for MSc
• Lab project
Barts Cancer Institute is a Cancer Research UK Centre of Excellence and one of the leading cancer institutes in the country. Based in the heart of London, our programmes are all taught by experts in the field.
I am an EU student from France where I started my undergraduate studies for three years. As I have always been passionate about London, I moved here for a BSc in biology. The modules were very general and I had to adjust to a new language and culture so I did not focus on my studies as much as I should. However, I love science and was not interesting in stopping my studies. Because genetics was my favourite topic I applied to the MSc Molecular Pathology and Genomics course at Queen Mary, a much more prestigious university than my previous one. The lectures only took two days of the week but the frequent deadlines made my weeks very busy. I greatly enjoyed the first semester where I discovered so much about pathologies such as cancer; a topic that I knew very little about. The lecturers, who are all research group leaders in Queen Mary, shared their passion and experience with us. As the year progressed I could see my knowledge and comprehension increase quickly thanks to them. I was also becoming more and more comfortable with oral presentation, which was my weakness in my undergrad experience.
I then went on choosing my lab project. I was really curious about cell signalling and chose a project about the c-Met receptor. The project was intense but it definitively convinced me that I was made for the lab. The atmosphere in the department was great so I happily applied for a PhD there and was accepted. Eventually I graduated with distinction and was awarded the best oral presentation for my project (to my own surprise!).
I now have my focus on my PhD, which I could never have done without my MSc in Queen Mary.
Coming fresh from a biomedical sciences background, I felt the MSc Molecular Pathology and Genomics was an excellent way to get much more involved in this rapidly expanding and exciting field, strengthening both my academic credentials and giving me plenty of practical experience. It offers an exceptionally strong theoretical education into researching diseases which have a great impact on modern society, particularly cancer. At the same time, there is an emphasis on getting “hands on” experience in the practical skills needed for successful research, with leading academics not afraid to get their hands dirty teaching in the lab! You can clearly see that the academics and clinicians here possess an infectious enthusiasm and are very approachable, whether in the wet labs or the lecture rooms; they are keen to help you learn and this makes the course especially enjoyable. The course structure ensures you get exposed to all areas of molecular biology and cancer pathology, while encouraging you to pursue the specific subject areas which appeal to you. All of these factors and more make the Institute of Cancer an inspiring and stimulating environment to study at, perfect for those wishing to enter a dynamic and demanding field such as molecular pathology.
Degree in a relevant subject with a minimum 2:1 or equivalent (a 2:2 will be considered with strong supporting evidence). Students for whom English is not a first language will require a minimum IELTS score of 7 or equivalent.
FT Home/EU £7,910 and Overseas £18,790; PT Home/EU £3,955 and Overseas £9,395
Recipient: Queen Mary University of London
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