Cancer in the 21st Century: The Genomic Revolution


Cancer Research UK estimates that 1 in 3 people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. It is a disease which impacts on most people’s lives at some stage. Thus understanding cancer and the development of new treatments is of intrinsic interest to us all.

As such, this course will appeal to many, although it may be particularly attractive to individuals with a prior interest in biology, for example current undergraduate students, nurses or medics who want to further their knowledge in this area.

Over the 6 weeks of this course we will examine three key questions: ‘Where have we come from?’ ‘Where are we now?’ and ‘Where are we going?’ with respect to cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The course will offer insight into patient experiences as well as enabling discussions on key issues. Guest lecturers include active researchers and those involved in direct patient care. Learners will also get the chance to undertake their own internet based investigation into one of the most exciting areas of cancer research.

You can use the hashtag #FLCancer21 to join and contribute to Twitter conversations about this course. Follow our twitter account @UofGCancerMOOC

This course will also give you the opportunity to purchase aStatement of Participation.


A background in biology may be helpful but isn’t absolutely necessary as the course will build your knowledge week-on-week. Students who are interested in applying for the Cancer Sciences or Medical Genetics MSc programmes at the University of Glasgow are also encouraged to enrol on this course. Those who have successfully completed the ‘Inside cancer’ course with the University of Bath will find that this course builds upon their previous knowledge.


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