Cancer Biology module (BS42007)

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Semester 2

The aim of this module is to provide you with a broad understanding of key topics in cancer biology. This module will build on more specialised areas of biochemistry, molecular cell biology and genetics that you will have encountered in your Level 4 laboratory projects and will complement additional courses in Semester 2 of Level 4.

Topics covered in this module are:

  • Introduction to cancer pathology
  • Introduction to the Hallmarks of Cancer
  • Oncogenes
  • Tumour suppressor genes
  • Growth factors
  • Cell signalling pathways
  • Cancer viruses
  • Environmental carcinogenesis
  • DNA damage and repair
  • Mechanisms of Cell death
  • Mouse models of cancer 
  • Invasion and metastasis


This module is available on following courses: