Genomics in Cancer Pathology

Module overview

Following an overview of the biology and molecular mechanisms underlying cancer, this module considers how tests for specific molecular features in cancer can supplement conventional histopathological diagnosis and classification. You will learn how complete genome sequencing of cancer (including the 100,000 Genomes Project) can provide a more fine-grained classification and prognosis, and the challenges of recognising which of the vast number of genomic changes found in cancer are actionable for determining the optimal treatment pathway. 


15 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Teaching delivered one day each week for five consecutive weeks.

Module dates

First iteration - 4/11/18 November and 2/9 December 2016
Second iteration - starts on 16 June 2017 for 5 consecutive Fridays 


The module will be assessed via a poster presentation, a 3000-word essay assignment and short-answer/case study problems completed in your own time. For those taking the module as a stand-alone option, you need only take the assessment if you require the University credits.

Academics involved in the delivery of this module 

Module Lead:
Professor Paul Murray(Professor of Molecular Pathology, University of Birmingham)

Other University staff teaching:
Professor Stefan Hubscher
Professor Gary Middleton
Professor Ben Willcox
Professor Dion Morton
Professor Jon Deeks
Professor Jean-Baptiste Cazier
Dr Mat Coleman
Dr Carmel McConville
Mrs Karen Doyle

NHS staff teaching:
Dr Philippe Taniere
Dr Pauline Rehal
Dr Susanna Akiki
Dr Z Rudski
Dr Mike Griffiths
Dr Abeer Shaaban
Dr Samantha Butler
Dr Jenny Bell

Interested in taking this individual module as a CPD programme?

This module can be taken as a standalone assessed or non-assessed course.  Costs to be confirmed.  

You should have a good honours degree in a life sciences subject, although we will consider applicants with alternative qualifications and professional experience within the health service or other relevant background. You should either take modules 1 (An Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics) and module 2 (Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine) first, or be able to show you have equivalent knowledge and understanding to enable you to benefit from this module. 

Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information. 

Dr Peter F. Searle
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4487