Advanced Cancer Biology

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
08 April 2024


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Module description

Integrating fundamental science with clinical aspects, this module is designed to provide students with advanced and up-to-date knowledge in contemporary cancer research.

Classes will be delivered by members of the School and external experts, including guest speakers from hospitals and research institutions. .

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To provide you with the advanced understanding of cancer biology and translational cancer research.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Have an in-depth understanding of fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms of cancer development.

  2. Understand the molecular biology and pathology of different cancer types.

  3. Understand how to apply theoretical knowledge into clinical practice in cancer research including personalised medicine, therapeutic strategies, and clinical trials.

  4. Be able to obtain, analyse and present scientific information through a written report, poster and oral presentation to standard expected of a junior research scientist.

Skills for your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

By the end of this module, students should have developed their skills in:

  1. Information retrieval from library and Web-site sources.

  2. Interpreting scientific data.

  3. Report writing.

  4. Oral presentation of scientific data and in group discussion.

Module information

This module will focus on different cancer types such as prostate, colorectal and pancreatic cancer studied at Essex. The role of the immune system, genetic and epigenetic factors and signaling pathways in cancer development will be explored. The application of theoretical knowledge in cancer research into clinical practice ("from bench to bedside") and personalised cancer medicine will be discussed

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Lectures combined with seminars.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Andrea Mohr, email:
Dr Joaquin De Navascues, Dr Andrea Mohr, Dr Ralf Zwacka and guest speakers from hospitals and research institutions
School Graduate Office, email: bsgradtaught (Non essex users should add to create a full email address)



External examiner

Prof Helmout Modjtahedi
Professor of cancer Biology
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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