PgCert Pathology Informatics and Business Application - Distance Learning
Molecular Pathology (MP) is a rapidly growing discipline in 21st-century medicine. It integrates genomics and bioinformatics with modern pathology to underpin molecular diagnostics, theranostics as well as clinical trials delivery within the academic, health services and industry sectors in an era of precision medicine.
This Certificate is an exciting, innovative distance learning programme aimed to enhance the participant’s theoretical knowledge and practical skills in MP and to empower them to pursue a career in academia, healthcare or industry. The course has a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship; emphasising MP’s central role in molecular diagnostics, clinical trials and biotech/biopharma.
Queens University Belfast (QUB) has an international reputation for the application of MP in high-quality translational research. An integrated MP research environment has been established within the QUB Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) through the creation of the Northern Ireland Molecular Pathology Laboratory (NIMPL) and the Northern Ireland Biobank (NIB). This enhanced research infrastructure also hosts a regional NHS Molecular Diagnostics service for solid tumours.
Candidates will complete three modules which will be available ‘online’ as distance learning modules.
(1) Digital Molecular Pathology (20 CATs)
(2) Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (20 CATs)
(3) Academia/Industry Interface (20 CATs)
ASSESSMENT & FEEDBACK
Assessment is by a combination of oral presentations and written assignments.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high-quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable the student to achieve their full academic potential.
This course is delivered as a distance learning programme. Teaching is delivered online utilising a bespoke virtual learning environment.
This programme is delivered by Distance Learning during the second semester between February and June.
A minimum 2.2 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a relevant biological subject is required. Evidence of equivalent professional qualifications (MBBS, BDS or BVSc) or experience will be considered on an individual basis. Intercalating students are encouraged, see our Intercalated section for more details. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.
The main objective of this course will be to produce high calibre candidates who can thrive in the academic, healthcare delivery or bio-industry sectors.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
FEES & FUNDING
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/