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Cancer and Molecular Pathology and Genomics

Postgraduate Diploma ( 9 months Distance learning / 2 years Part-time Distance Learning )


This programme combines in-depth teaching of disease mechanisms and molecular technologies with an emphasis on developing your critical and practical skills. It will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to pursue a research career, either in a clinical or scientific setting, and contribute to the growing need for scientists and clinicians to translate molecular advances into the clinical situation. We place a strong emphasis on development of your practical skills and this is reflected in the research skills module.

This programme will:

  • Further your pathology skills, so it is ideal for career progression
  • Give you a core understanding of human pathology and molecular biology and an in-depth knowledge of the principles and applications of molecular technologies as applied to human disease
  • Update you on the most recent advances including tumour biology and cell signalling
  • Have an emphasis on cancer therapy and molecular pathology

Why study at Queen Mary University of London?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew's and The Royal London. Both continue to make an outstanding contribution to moder­­­­n medicine and together have been consistently ranked among the top five in the UK for medicine.

Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) is a Cancer Research-UK Centre of Excellence and a leading cancer research institute in the UK.

  • This course is taught by the UK's leading oncology experts – we were ranked number one for Cancer Research in the last Research Assessment Exercise.
  • You will be taught by internationally renowned lecturers that are at the forefront of the field in cancer biology, genetics, screening, prevention and therapy.
  • A distance learning option is available.

Facilities for distance learners

Through the University’s online learning portal, QMPlus, you will have access to video and audio recordings of all onsite lectures, as well as video tutorials for any lab based elements of the course. All written assignments will be submitted through the portal, while poster and oral presentations will be assessed via Skype. Exams can be sat onsite at QMUL or you can arrange to sit these at a suitable venue more local to you. You are encouraged to interact with teaching staff and other students in online discussion forums, join group activities and be part of the Institute’s student community.

As a distance learning student we understand that you may not have easy access to the campus facilities, but they are here if you decide to visit London at any point during the course.

Further information

To find out more, please email


PGDip Molecular Pathology and Genomics is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study, as well as full-time and part-time distance learning options.

Distance learning

This programme is also available as a distance learning option. You will be able to follow each lecture online via audio recordings and slide/whiteboard content. All written assignments are submitted through the University’s online learning platform (QMPlus) and poster and oral presentations assessed via Skype. You are encouraged to interact with teaching staff and other students in online discussion forums, join group activities and be part of the Institute's student community.


Undertaking a postgraduate qualification is a serious commitment and involves weekly contact hours in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.


Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.

Compulsory modules

  • Cancer Biology
  • Basic Pathology
  • Cancer Prevention and Screening
  • Genomic Approaches to Cancer
  • Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Molecular Pathology of Solid Tumours
  • Research Methods
  • Research Lab Skills

Option modules

  • Biological Therapies
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Targeted Therapies and Immunotherapy for Blood Cancers

Further information

To find out more, please email

Entry requirements

The programme is open to clinicians, graduate scientists, nurses, and other medical professionals working in a clinical, industrial or academic research environment. Entry to the programme requires a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject from a recognised institution with 2:1 or better or an appropriate professional qualification. Applicants with a 2:2 and strong supporting evidence will also be considered.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at QMUL. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students.

Leading academics at the forefront of clinical and laboratory research teach this course. The Course Director, Professor Louise Jones, heads up the new Breast Cancer Tissue Bank at Barts, part of a ground-breaking initiative, and works closely with the Breast Unit at the Barts Cancer Centre.

Independent study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Assessment will be based on written assignments, posters and oral presentations, multiple choice (MCQ) and short-answer question (SAQ) examinations.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time DL £6,650
Part time DL £3,325

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time DL £15,100
Part time DL £7,550


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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