This course is particularly suitable for graduates wishing to pursue a career in molecular pathology research or in industry (especially molecular diagnostics).
For those who are medically qualified, they will proceed to be consultants or clinical academics in histopathology, oncology etc. Being a distance-learning programme, this allows the opportunity to time manage your learning flexibly.
For histopathology registrars in the UK, this will be an excellent opportunity to prepare as clinicians with a special interest in molecular pathology. For established consultants, this will be a perfect opportunity to develop expertise in molecular pathology.
- Open to both medically qualified graduates and non-medical science graduates
- A high-quality flexible programme delivered entirely by distance learning
- Delivers skills which have been identified as desirable by prestigious UK initiatives
Those graduates from subjects such as life sciences, genetics, biomedical sciences, pathology, biochemistry and microbiology will find the course:
- provides training for a career in life sciences/allied disciplines (including the area of molecular diagnostics)
- improves employability in the rapidly expanding market of molecular diagnostics
- is a source of continuing professional development for persons already employed in the molecular diagnostics or biotechnology industry
- is a firm foundation for NHS clinical scientists and biomedical staff in pathology to complete higher research training
For the medically qualified
The course is most suitable for those undertaking/wishing to specialise in disciplines such as histopathology and allied disciplines, such as oncology and clinical genetics.
- For histopathologists in training, this course will be an excellent opportunity to learn in-depth about molecular pathology, currently included in the Royal College of Pathologists, UK, curriculum and examined in the Year 1 OSPE and FRCPath exams
- For qualified histopathologists, this training programme can be part of professional development to stay abreast of latest developments in molecular pathology
- Medical staff from allied disciplines, such as oncology and clinical genetics who wish to add on in-depth experience of molecular diagnostics to incorporate into patient care, will also benefit from this course
- Fresh medical graduates may also undertake this course as a career development initiative
Candidates with medical degrees (histopathology and other specialities, in-training) will be automatically eligible for enrolment on the course: students enrolling from other disciplines should normally hold a minimum of a 2:2 from an approved University; applicants with a qualification and additional experiential learning, may also be considered in exceptional circumstances
How you will study
The course integrates a range of teaching styles including: online podcasts, tutor led and self-guided computer-based exercises, course work and student-led presentations.
The course is studied full time over one semester (3 months). All 60 taught credits, at level 4, will be delivered by distance learning over three months. Formal assessments of the taught component will be at the end of the semester.
- The distance learning delivered taught component can be undertaken from any location, offering flexibility to students to learn from their home/job location and hence offering indirect advantages of cost savings on relocation/subsistence for about three months
- Further, the taught component of the course is truly multi-disciplinary; the discipline of molecular pathology as we know today is multidisciplinary involving clinicians, histopathologists, geneticists, bio-informaticians, statisticians and industry
- Both the research and taught modules on the course, promote inter-disciplinary interactions and utilises the expertise of specialist staff
- Training will be delivered using a variety of different methods (lectures, tutorials, problem solving, discussion forum, workshops); the online training will be supplemented with regular “live sessions” with module convenors
- Focussed delivery of the taught component within ~3 months, helping especially histopathologists, who would need a focussed delivery to supplement preparation for the Royal College Exams
- Both clinical and molecular aspects including statistics and bioinformatics are balanced in coverage
Alligned with industry needs
The course has been specifically tailored to address a critical skills gap (molecular diagnostics in pathology) identified by the MRC, EPSRC and Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath), UK.
The course is an established activity of the Nottingham Molecular Pathology Node (NPMN), which is one of the six nodes in the UK, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop molecular pathology tests which will help deliver better targeted, more effective treatments – known as 'stratified medicine' – across a wide range of disease areas.
Teaching methods and assessment
The course integrates a range of styles of assessment to ensure that knowledge has been gained including: computer-based exercises, timed coursework (short answers), word-limited written work and individual oral presentations which are sometimes time-limited.
Careers and professional development
Students from our course are prepared to go on to a wide variety of positions including:
- clinical careers in histopathology
- Molecular Diagnostics industries
- pharmaceutical industries
- postgraduate medicine programmes
- patent lawyers
- recruitment consultants
- clinical trials
Average starting salary and career progression
90.1% of postgraduates from the School of Medicine secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,086.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
Fees and funding
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, such as printing, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.
Scholarships and bursaries
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.
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