• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    1 Year


Its an exciting time for laboratory medicine, with advances in molecular pathology leading to major innovations in patient care and academic research.

With a vision of creating the next generation of leaders in molecular pathology, this programme provides state-of-the-art training to help you acquire the essential knowledge and skills to make a difference in this dynamic field.

This programme has been developed to facilitate the pathologists, clinical scientists, trainees (and those in related health professions) to acquire essential knowledge, skills and attributes required to help shape to the future of molecular pathology.

We are one of the few centres where molecular pathology and diagnostic histopathology are amalgamated on one site, permitting the delivery of a clinically relevant blended molecular pathology programme.

Key focus areas are diagnostic molecular pathology, clinical trials and translational research in molecular pathology, pathology bioinformatics and digital pathology. Youll be trained from the purpose-built Laboratory Medicine Building at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, which provides services to 52% of the Scottish population. This is one of the largest NHS departments of pathology in Europe, accommodating around 50 consultant pathologists.

The PgCert is led by the national leaders directly engaged in key initiatives in molecular pathology, so you will be kept up to date with information and the current needs identified by professional societies, research councils and charity organisations.

This blended learning programme offers maximum flexibility, making it ideal if you wish to study molecular pathology while on clinical duties and pathology training. Moodle-based learning sessions will allow you to study within your own schedule. In-person review sessions allow active interactions with course contributors and other students. Case-based and hands-on sessions facilitate the knowledge and skills acquired in clinical diagnosis as the programme proceeds, so you will stay motivated throughout the whole programme.


  • Illustrate the principles in molecular biology and genetics that are relevant to molecular pathology diagnosis
  • Identify ethical issues surrounding molecular pathology diagnosis
  • Classify essential molecular tests, techniques and sample preparation processes used in molecular pathology diagnosis
  • Formulate and assess data analysis and interpretation of molecular tests
  • Critically discuss the importance of molecular databases and informatics
  • Evaluate the clinicopathological context, implementation and implications of molecular pathology diagnosis
  • Interpret and evaluate molecular data for molecular pathology diagnosis 
  • Generate effective reports in molecular pathology 
  • Apply knowledge of the structure and organisation of diagnostic services to your practice 
  • Develop and apply the management skills required for the running of a laboratory in molecular pathology 
  • Recognise and apply appropriate health and safety regulations in a molecular pathology laboratory 
  • Apply knowledge, skills and attitude to effectively participate in research projects in molecular pathology 
  • Apply knowledge, skills and attitude to provide appropriate teaching in molecular pathology 
  • Make use of web-based literature search engines, library resources and databases to consult publications and retrieve related material
  • Critically analyse and evaluate published literature on relevant areas of research 


Our Molecular Pathology programme will open doors to a wide range of jobs in this field. 

Youll develop the necessary skills for a career in: 

  • clinical practice 
  • the NHS 
  • diagnostic laboratories
  • the pharmaceutical industry 
  • academic research


The programme consists of three compulsory courses worth 60 credits in total.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • MED5457Fundamentals of Molecular Biology and Genetics for Histopathology20 Credits

    Designed to facilitate the acquisition of essential and fundamental knowledge in molecular biology and genetics by pathologists, pathology trainees who are undertaking histopathology training under the Royal College of Pathologists Curriculum for Specialty Training in Histopathology, and those in relevant health professions.

  • MED5458Molecular Tests and Techniques for Histopathology20 Credits

    Facilitates the acquisition of knowledge of the currently available molecular tests and theories behind molecular biological techniques, by pathologists, pathology trainees who are undertaking histopathology training under the Royal College of Pathologists Curriculum for Specialty Training in Histopathology, and those in relevant health professions.

  • MED5459Multidisciplinary Approaches to Molecular Pathology20 Credits

    Covers the multidisciplinary processes that encompass appropriate selection of molecular tests according to clinicopathological circumstances, data analysis and interpretation, and generation of an effective report. The most essential and clinically relevant examples, primarily in cancer, will be discussed on disease-by-disease and/or test-by-test bases.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. The programme is open to both trainee and consultant-level applicants
  2. Applicants should normally possess a medical, dental, or nursing degree from an institution recognised by the University Court; or a recognised degree from another appropriate health profession
  3. Applicants should ideally be employed in a relevant professional context

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • An up-to-date CV
  • A personal statement (maximum of 2 pages) highlighting:
    - Why you want to study this programme or how you want to use this programme in your current job and/or future career development
    - Your current level of molecular knowledge or your educational experiences in genetics, cell and molecular biology and/or biochemistry
    - Your expectation on the use of molecular knowledge and/or techniques in your current job and/or future career development
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)

Please check that you meet the entry criteria for this programme before you apply.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

  • Please be aware that the application deadline for students studying outside of the UK and EU is 20th July 2019.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
25 Aug 2019
23 Sep 2019

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £2,667*
  • International: £2,667*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does the programme cost?
Part time fees 889 per 20 credits

Can I get help to fund my studies?
You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.

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