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BB50248: Cancer genetics and therapy

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 15 [equivalent to 30 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 300
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Assessment Detail:
  • Therapy-Related Research Presentation (CW 50%)
  • Synoptic Written Examination (EX 50%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit you will be able to:
* Apply broad knowledge gained from current literature to compare the molecular and micro-environmental differences of cancer and normal tissues
* Demonstrate an integrative and critically evaluative approach to analyse how these differences are exploited in drug design for conventional and rationalised cancer therapies
* Critically evaluate and communicate the findings from cutting-edge research publications in cancer genetics and therapy through formal presentation.

Aims: The unit aims to provide students knowledge of contemporary cancer research and the challenges and opportunities in developing treatments for cancer.

Content: Topics include the genetic hallmarks of cancer development including oncogenesis (oncogenes/tumour suppressor genes/viral oncogenesis), angiogenesis, metastasis, metabolic reprogramming, cancer stem cell niches. This will be followed by exploration of the latest research in treatments for cancer, including conventional (radio/chemotherapy) and rationalised treatments, such as immunotherapies etc.

Programme availability:

BB50248 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • RSBB-AFM50 : Integrated PhD Molecular Biosciences (Medical Biosciences)
  • TSBB-AFM50 : MSc Molecular Biosciences (Medical Biosciences)


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