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Unit information: Cancer Biology in 2018/19

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Unit name Cancer Biology
Unit code PANMM0014
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Essafi
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


The Unit consists of 20 lectures that cover a variety of topics within the general area of cancer biology. The Unit begins with a series of lectures that introduce the general area of cancer biology and research. These are followed by lectures that explore the cellular and molecular basis of human carcinogenesis, illustrated using current research areas and including descriptions of techniques used.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the Unit the students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of a variety of specialist topics related to cancer biology. The students should also be able to describe a variety of relevant experimental techniques and their applications in the general areas of cancer biology, detection prevention and treatment.

Teaching details


Assessment Details

A 150 minute examination with MCQ-based short answer questions marked electronically combined with essay questions.

Reading and References

Selected relevant research papers.