Molecular Pathology

Develop your knowledge and skills in Molecular Pathology

The IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice Distance Learning course in Molecular Pathology is delivered in partnership with the Ulster University. 

It provides a theoretical introduction to molecular pathology and its application and is intended to support those who are already trained and experienced in a specific biomedical science discipline but who wish or need to extend their knowledge and understanding as the new molecular techniques are integrated into their work.

Further information

CEP Molecular Pathology course dates

We will start taking applications for the 2022 course in mid-August 2021. The course dates for 2022 are stated below. Please note that each module will last two weeks apart from the module in which Easter falls, which in 2022 is during module six, which following feedback from those who undertook the CEP in 2021, will last three weeks.

Update (10 December) - We have now extended the deadline for applications for this CEP until Wednesday 22 December.

Applications for 2022 open W/C 17 August 2021
Closing date for applications 11 December 2021
Log-in details available First week of January 2022
Introductory Module 7 January
Module 1 21 January
Module 2 4 February
Module 3 18 February
One week break 4 March
Deadline for submission of first assessment piece 10 March
Module 4 11 March
Module 5 25 March
Module 6 8 April
Finish 28 April
Examination 12 May
Exam Result Notification 6 June
Examination (Re-sits) 16 June
Deadline for submission of second assessment piece   17 June
Results Released 12 July
Certificates Sent Out W/C 18 July

.You will be awarded an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Molecular Pathology on successful completion of the course

CEP Molecular Pathology how to apply

To undertake this CEP you must have active Licentiate (LIBMS), Member (MIBMS) or Fellow (FIBMS) status of the IBMS at the point of application and you must maintain your membership throughout the duration of the qualification. To apply you will need to submit to the IBMS via email to the IBMS Examinations Team:

Payment can be made via Purchase Order (which should accompany the completed application form) or by card payment. If you wish to pay by card, you will be contacted for your card payment details once the application form has been received. On the application form you are requested to briefly describe why you are applying to undertake the qualification. Your application will not be accepted or rejected based on what is stated instead this information is being requested simply to enable us to understand your level of experience and the motivation for applying.

Update (10 December) - We have now extended the deadline for applications for this CEP until Wednesday 22 December.

CEP Molecular Pathology deferrals, withdrawals and mitigating circumstances

If you wish to defer, withdraw or highlight any mitigating circumstances please contact as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice Molecular Pathology please contact