Molecular Pathology

CEP 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

Molecular Pathology course content and assessment

The course comprises of six modules (two weeks study each) as follows:

  • Introduction to Molecular Pathology
  • Molecular Pathology Technology
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Constitutional Genetics
  • Genetics of Haematological Cancers
  • Genetics of Solid Tumour Cancers

More information on the learning outcomes for each module can be found here.

You can access course content through a designated area of the Ulster University's website, which includes candidate email and discussion forums.  

IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Molecular Pathology is assessed through two reflective learning statements and an online examination:

  • Your first reflective statement should critically capture how the discussion forums have assisted your learning during the course 
  • Your second extended reflective statement should show what you will change in your own practice as a result of doing this course and the steps you would take to do so
  • The online examination lasts 75 minutes with 60 multiple-choice questions covering all the course modules

CEP Molecular Pathology course dates

The course dates for 2019 are:

Applications for 2019 open W/C 13 August 2018
Closing date for applications 7 December 2018
Log-in details available First week of January 2019
Introductory Module 7 January
Module 1 18 January
Module 2 1 February
Module 3 15 February
One week break 1 March
Deadline for mid-point reflective statement   7 March
Module 4 8 March
Module 5 22 March
Module 6 5 April
Finish 19 April
Examination 9 May
Exam Result Notification 30 May
Examination (Re-sits) 6 June
Deadline for End of Course Reflective Practice Submissions   13 June
Results Released 2 July
Certificates Sent Out W/C 8 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

You will need to submit to the IBMS Examinations Team:

You can also submit a copy of your application and payment by post to Examinations, IBMS, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL.


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.

Please note that places are limited to 60 candidates and that candidates will only be allowed to undertake one of the four distance learning courses at a time.


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