Academic year 2019/20
Owning department Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits (ECTS) 20
Notional study hours 400
Level FHEQ level 7
Period Weeks 1-33
Availability Compulsory unit on MSc Molecular Biosciences (Medical Biosciences)


This compulsory unit provides a theoretical grounding in the fundamentals of molecular medicine. Starting from molecular, cellular and genetic/epigenetic concepts leading to the latest developments in broad areas related to health and disease such as cancer, stem cells, medical neuroscience and immunology.


After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:

  • apply a good understanding of the core knowledge underpinning molecular and cellular basis of disease
  • critically evaluate and communicate the findings of a cutting-edge research publication through a formal presentation
  • critically review the research literature on the latest advances in many areas relating to cancer, neuroscience, development or immunology
  • demonstrate an integrative and evaluative approach to addressing some of the challenges and opportunities in treating human diseases

Unit delivery

The unit will be taught using a blended approach, which combines face-to-face interactions with online activities, including:

  • online essential concepts videos and study material for the first few weeks, supported by weekly online sessions by tutors
  • face to face lectures, computer sessions, seminars, workshops, small group tutorials to help consolidate the content and to enable deeper learning
  • Journal Clubs, Behind the Paper and data interpretation and analysis sessions, designed to expose you to the latest research developments in the field and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills
  • bioscience skills masterclasses to help you strengthen your skills, such as writing, presentation, time management, organisational and interpersonal.

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