Genome Instability in Disease and Cancer (C7129)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Given how many cell divisions occur in an organisms’ lifetime, it is remarkable that the genome remains so stable. This is largely thanks to highly conserved DNA repair processes which are vital for protection against cancer and other diseases.

You’ll explore the various types of DNA damage, taking a detailed view of the repair processes that have evolved to repair this damage. You will gain insights into the clinical consequences when these repair processes fail. 


88%: Lecture
12%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Test)
50%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 25 hours of contact time and about 125 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: