Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment

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This module will provide detailed knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in cancer development, including how interrogation of a person’s own genome and the genome of tumour cells can facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

From April 2019 we are introducing a new application process.

To apply for HEE funded modules please directly contact your chosen University. The application process flow chart can be found here.

HEE Commissioned places will be allocated on a modular basis only as funding is limited. Speak to your chosen University if you wish to complete more than one module leading to a PGCert, PGDip, or MSc qualification.

Course Description

The aims of this module are to develop the knowledge and understanding of students about the genetic and molecular mechanisms involved in carcinogenesis, to educate students about the potential applications of genomic medicine to the diagnosis and treatment of cancers and to educate students about how interrogation of a person’s genome and the genome of tumour cells might facilitate the detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The Module will prepare students to interrogate the cancer data sets from the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Module will cover:

  • Molecular mechanisms that underlie cancer development, growth and metastasis
  • Differences between different cancers
  • Different molecular and cellular actions of anti-cancer treatments
  • The genomic factors that affect response to and resistance to treatment
  • Research approaches to anti-cancer drug design and development
  • Situations that confer a high cancer risk to a person or members of a person’s family
  • How genomic information may be integrated into cancer screening programmes.

Additional information

Type of Course

CPPD Module

Course Options

CPPD (15 credits)

Mode of Study

Offline

Experience

Entry

Delivery

Part Time

University Providers

Imperial College London, Queen Marys University of London / University College London, St Georges, University of London, University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester

Timetable

Start Date
University of BirminghamNovember 2019
Newcastle University
University of ManchesterApril 2019
University of Sheffield
Imperial College LondonJanuary 2019
Queen Marys University of London / University College LondonFebruary 2019
St George’s, University of London / King’s College LondonWinter 2019
University of CambridgeFebruary 2019
University of Southampton
University of ExeterNovember 2018

Please check the university providers websites for more detailed information about start dates, length and mode of study.

Funding Rules

Funding is limited to NHS healthcare professionals working in England from the full range of professional backgrounds and groups (such as medicine, nursing, healthcare scientists and technologists).  For those interested in CPPD modules, university entry requirements may include criteria around existing understanding and minimum English language requirements.

Not all universities offer the same CPPD modules. Please check with your preferred university to obtain details of the programme modules, entry criteria and timing before going through the funding application process.

Please download a visual flow diagram outlining the funding application and approval process.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have been awarded funding, started the programme but I am unable to complete the programme. What are my options?

Funding is awarded for CPPD modules only and there is no automatic ability to defer completion of the programme. You should speak to your preferred University provider in the first instance about your situation and also contact the Genomics Education Programme team regarding funding.

How much study time is required to undertake this programme?

Study time will vary across the delivery partners. You are advised to visit your preferred University website site for more information or to contact the relevant course lead. Most modules generally involve approximately 5 days of face to face teaching, followed by between 2-4 weeks of independent study and assessment preparation.

A distance learning option is provided at Queen Mary University of London.

Can I build up my CPPD modules to a full Master’s, PGDip or PGCert qualification?

The process and ability to do this will be dependent on your preferred University and you should contact them to discuss available options.

I am eligible but have been refused a commissioned place – why?

This may be due to the following potential reasons:

  • The University you have applied for has used up all its commissioned allocations
  • The total number of available national commissions have been fully allocated
  • We are now applying controls to the commissioned places based on healthcare profession roles to provide some equitable access across professions on a national scale
I am not eligible for a HEE funded commissioned place – can I self-fund?

This should be discussed with your preferred University

Do you have to have the university place confirmed before you submit an application for funding?

No – as long as the programme start date for your preferred University falls within the specified academic year for the funding application period.

I work for an organisation that provides services to the NHS – am I eligible to apply?

Yes – please provide details in the additional information section of the funding application form.

University Providers

Funded

The logos below indicate the university providers that are able to accept HEE funded applications for this course. Follow the links provided to begin your university application process.

Imperial College LondonQueen Marys University of London / University College LondonSt Georges, University of LondonUniversity of BirminghamUniversity of CambridgeUniversity of Manchester