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Postgraduate Course: Cancer Biology (BIME11126)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits80 ECTS Credits40
SummaryThis exciting new theme in the Biomedical Sciences MSc covers all aspects of basic and translational cancer research. The research centred programme covers carcinogenesis, diagnosis, drug discovery and prevention, with taught elements delivered by eminent scientists in the field.
Course description This course is a new elective research theme for the MSc/Diploma by Research in the Biomedical Sciences Programme. The taught element will cover cutting edge research topics within the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre which include genetics, cancer cell biology, drug discovery, diagnosis and prevention.
Cancer arises due to a complex combination of genetic and molecular changes within a cell that ultimately cause increased cell proliferation, decreased death and changes in differentiation, metabolism and cell motility. The integrated approach to this theme will consider all aspects of cancer biology including genetic susceptibility, treatment and prevention, molecular drivers of cancer initiation, growth and metastasis and new approaches to cancer drug discovery. Our aim is to give a sound introduction to the most up to date information on this subject area and to cutting edge approaches for investigating molecular changes in cancer cells such as super resolution imaging, proteomics and metabolomics. There will normally be 4 hours 'teaching' each week run by an eminent scientist. These sessions will comprise lectures, student-led seminars and interactive discussion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 800 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 19, External Visit Hours 14, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 16, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 724 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 20-week project write-up maximum 10,000 words. 100%
Feedback Supervisor provides feedback on laboratory work. Two anonymous markers provide feedback on project write-up.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Ability to devise an independent research project
  2. Ability to undertake independent research including data analysis and presentation
  3. In depth understanding of a specific subject area of interest
  4. Overall understanding of challenges in modern cancer research
Reading List
Resources will be made available within LEARN
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Project planning and time management
Independent learning
Critical evaluation and analysis
Communication, numeracy and IT skills
Accountability and working with others
Keywordsmolecular biology,cancer,pharmacology,genetics
Course organiserDr Lesley Stark
Tel: (0131) 332 2471
Course secretaryMiss Sara-Louise Tait
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997
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