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Programme specification: MSc in Molecular Pathology and Toxicology Covering note Course Overview This is a 12 month full-time, or 2-3 year part-time course designed to provide detailed training in the theory and practical techniques of molecular pathology and toxicology with emphasis on understanding of molecular mechanisms. A five-month laboratory project placement in industry or a research institute is an integral part of the course. The course is designed to give relevant knowledge and skills to students and the close involvement of the Department with industry ensures the continued suitability of this course for future employment in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health care as well as in academic research. Course Background The course is based in the Department of Pathology, University of Leicester, in the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building (RKCSB), at Leicester Royal Infirmary. This Department has a well-established reputation in the field of molecular pathology and includes staff with research experience in haematology, dermatology, forensic pathology renal pathology (Leicester General Hospital Renal Research Unit) and breast cancer (Glenfield Hospital Breast Cancer Research Unit). The department also includes a division of Chemical Pathology, which based in the RKCSB and at the Glenfield Hospital. The scientists in this division investigate oxidative damage and support the teaching of the core toxicology module. In addition, the Medical Research Council have established a large research unit for the study of mechanisms of human toxicity at Leicester University. Much of the advanced molecular toxicology modules within the course are taught by staff from this unit. Pathways The course will be covered by lectures, tutorials, seminars, four 2 week practical projects and an extended 5 month research project placement. Full-time students complete all core modules, choose three topics from the advanced module for assessment and complete the research laboratory placement. The title of the degree awarded will depend on the assessed topics completed. Part-time students will complete appropriate parts of the course as defined by their learning contract including a research laboratory placement. Industrially sponsored students can participate on the course on a module scheme over a 2-3 year period. These students will make use of distance learning modules and carryout a laboratory based project in the workplace. Course Assessment: There will be continuous assessment in the form of essays, tutorial work and short project reports. Interpretation of slides will be held in the pathology and histology modules. Formal examinations will take place on the completion of the core modules. This will consist of two three-hour examinations directed towards the data analysis and interpretation, and the ability to design research projects. A satisfactory attainment level is a pre-requisite to proceed to the research laboratory placement. Following project placement, the student will be requested to
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