Our Clinical and Health Sciences with Molecular Pathology course offers you the ability to tailor your educational needs to your professional interests. Designed for busy professionals, this online course offers a flexible, bespoke way for you to develop your career in Molecular Pathology.
These courses are ideal for health professionals, clinical research support staff and people working in education and industry who wish to enhance their knowledge of contemporary methods of laboratory-based diagnosis and their applications in personalised and translational medicine. It will also be of interest to candidates who aspire to become independent researchers, clinical academics or clinical researchers.
These innovative courses are aimed at those who already have a primary qualification (eg MBBS, BDS, BSc) and are working in health or life sciences field. It has been developed to provide a flexible approach, making it sustainable and compatible with modern career pathways whilst addressing the needs of a modern health service.
Modules are taught online, so you can choose to study anytime and anywhere. This flexibility means that you can fit your studies around your other commitments, plus develop your online digital literacy skills. You can pick from over 30 modules in a diverse range of subjects to create your own bespoke course of study. You can choose to complete a single module for professional development or a full masters, working at your own pace in your own environment.
These courses have been developed by Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust working in partnership under the MRC/EPSRC Molecular Pathology Node.
You will be taught by academic staff with experience and expertise in Pathology and Molecular Pathology such as Dr Yvonne Bury, Consultant Histopathologist and Dr Julie Irving, Professor of Experimental Haematology.
You will be given an email address and an account on Blackboard, our managed virtual learning environment. Blackboard is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers. Our materials and supporting reading are accessible across a variety of devices including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.
No campus attendance is needed, but you must have reliable access to a computer, internet connection, webcam, headset and printer. Recommended specifications:
- operating system: Windows 7 and above (32 and 64 bit) or Mac OSX 10.6 and above
- processor: Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron, Intel i3, Intel i5, Intel i7, or recent AMD processor
- RAM: At least 2GB
- connectivity: broadband or mobile broadband
- screen resolution: at least 1024 x 768 px.
Your first task will be to complete a short induction module before studying between 10 and 40 credits per semester. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:
- multiple choice question exams
- case studies.
Each 20 credit module is the equivalent to 200 hours of estimated study time, which includes:
- studying the module materials
- online networking with fellow students
- directed reading
- interactive and collaborative activities
- preparing assessments.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods
Our flexible course allows you to decide a route that suits your needs. The award you receive depends on the number of credits you choose to study. To specialise in Molecular Pathology, you need to select a certain number of Molecular Pathology specific credits:
- Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert): 60 credits including 20 in molecular pathology
- Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip): 120 credits including 40 in molecular pathology
- Master of Science (MSc): 180 credits including 40 in molecular pathology and a molecular pathology specific dissertation
You can also choose to study individual modules for continuous professional development (CPD).
Most of our modules are 10-12 weeks long. Our online modules are split between 10 and 20 credit modules and require 10-20 hours of work per week. You should set aside regular study hours to get the most out of the course. There are three semesters in the academic year and in each semester you can study:
- a minimum of 30 credits per academic year (unless you take a formal leave of absence)
- a maximum of 40 credits per semester.
Semester start dates are:
- Semester 1: September
- Semester 2: January
- Semester 3: April
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory Modules for MScCompulsory Modules for MSc
- MCR8013 Designing a Research Proposal (E-learning)
- CHS8099 Clinical and Health Sciences Dissertation (E-learning) *
* Note: the dissertation will be undertaken in the field of the degree programme studied.
Molecular Pathology ModulesMolecular Pathology Modules
- CHS8009 Molecular Pathology in Stratified Healthcare (E-learning)
- ONC8025 Cancer pathology and molecular applications for screening, diagnosis and treatment (E-Learning)
PGCert students will only need to study one of these modules.
Optional ModulesOptional Modules
- MCR8009 Research Governance and Ethics (E-learning)
- MCR8010 Introduction to Research Study Design and Statistics (E-learning)
- MCR8011 Writing in a Research Setting (E-learning)
- MCR8013 Designing a Research Proposal (E-learning)
- MCR8015 Clinical Trials (E-learning)
- MCR8019 Clinical Research Statistics (E-learning)
- CHS8003 Prescribing in Older People (E-Learning)
- CHS8005 Allergy (E-Learning)
- CHS8006 Ageing and Health (E-Learning)
- CHS8007 Clinical Research with Older People (E-Learning)
- CHS8008 Biology of Ageing (E-Learning)
- ONC8004 Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning)
- ONC8005 Palliative Care Themes and Perspectives (E-learning)
- ONC8006 Management of Cancer-Psychosocial Issues (E-learning)
- ONC8007 Research Methods 2 Statistics (E-learning)
- ONC8008 Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care (E-learning)
- ONC8010 Handling, Loss, Grief and Bereavement (E-learning)
- ONC8011 Cancer Drugs and Technologies (E-learning)
- ONC8012 Managing Pain (E-learning)
- ONC8013 Quality Improvement (E-learning)
- ONC8016 Contemporary Issues in Palliative Care (E-learning)
- ONC8017 Multi-professional Management of Cancer Part 1 (E-learning)
- ONC8018 Multi-professional Management of Cancer Part 2 (E-learning)
- ONC8019 Pharmacology of Chemotherapeutic Agents (E-learning)
- ONC8021 Health Economics (E-Learning)
- ONC8022 Cancer: Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics (E-learning)
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
CPD moduleCPD module
If you are applying for September 2018, January 2019 or April 2019 your fees will be:
£960 per 20 credit module
£960 per 20 credit module
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
For September 2019 entry, UK student tuition fee bursaries (maximum value of £8,040 per student) will be available.
See our Clinical and Health Sciences with Molecular Pathology MSc bursaries page for more information.
A honours degree, or international equivalent, in a healthcare profession or relevant discipline. You must also be working in the healthcare profession or related field.
You must be IT literate to complete these highly interactive courses online and have access to a computer with a:
- reliable internet connection
We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and are working in the healthcare profession or related field.
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.
MSc, PGDip, PGCertMSc, PGDip, PGCert
When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of entry on the 'Programme of Study' page. If you are applying for September 2018 select 2018/2019 in the 'Academic year of entry' field.
CPD ModuleCPD Module
When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of entry on the 'Programme of Study' page:
- if you are applying for September 2018, January 2019 or April 2019, select 2018/2019 in the 'Academic year of entry' field.
When applying for a CPD module, please include the module name and code you wish to study in your personal statement, eg 'I would like to study the CPD Molecular Pathology in Stratified Healthcare (CHS 8009)'.