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Year of Entry 2021/22
MSc

Cancer Biology

Work in state-of-the-art facilities and gain in-depth understanding of modern cancer biology, while working towards a career that will make a difference.


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What is the fee? Home: £8,490 for the course
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021

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Course summary

  • Examine the processes underlying the development of malignancy.
  • Develop applied research techniques using state-of-the-art lab facilities.
  • Design, execute and interpret practical work within the field of neoplastic transformation, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Build confidence in presenting your work to academic and professional audiences.

This course provides a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable experience of studying cancer biology with practical applications in the forefront of the cancer field. Led by research active cancer biologists, you will develop an understanding of the pathogenesis of malignant transformation from a cellular to whole system level, discussing methods for the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

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Watch course leader Dr Sarah Haywood-Small talk about this course.

Cancer biology plays a pivotal and essential role in healthcare. This course is designed in response to the demand across industries for highly skilled researchers.

The component subjects are at the forefront of modern science and attract leading-edge research activity. The programme aims to explore normal and pathological cell processes, relating these to clinical features, diagnostic procedures and responses to therapy in neoplastic disease. You can customise your learning by selecting a speciality from translational research, genomics and proteomics and current laboratory applications. Modules may include topics such as the therapeutic targeting of cancer, the hallmarks of cancer and applied laboratory practice.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • a programme of laboratory classes
  • semester long research project
  • scientific writing
  • oral presentations
  • data handling

Course leaders and tutors

Sarah Haywood-Small
Sarah Haywood-Small
Senior Lecturer

Sarah received a BSc (Hons) in Biological Chemistry from Leicester University and a PhD in Cancer Studies from Sheffield University. After completing postdoctoral re … Read more

Applied learning

Laboratory experience and research project

You will have the opportunity to conduct semester long investigative research project within the cancer biology field. This will be aligned with the current research interests of an academic member of staff within the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre. 

The work will be aligned with the current research interests of an academic member of staff within our specialist Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre. The project will include a critical review of the literature relevant to your research project, the development of a project proposal, design of research methods and the analysis, presentation and interpretation of experimental data.

Practical skills are developed throughout the course and you gain experience in molecular biology and other related techniques such as genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. All practical classes are led by academic staff whose research incorporates the latest research techniques. Research skills and statistical analysis are developed throughout the programme and applied to relevant cancer-based problems and case studies.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • research in healthcare, pharmaceuticals or biotechnology
  • academic research
  • medical sales
  • scientific writing
  • consultancy

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • NHS
  • Public Health England
  • Novartis
  • ThermoFisher Scientific

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with state-of-the-art facilities, including

  • industry-standard instrumentation
  • a mass spectrometry unit
  • cell culture and tissue engineering facilities
  • multicoloured flow cytometry
  • a microscopy suite

Entry requirements

All students

A 2:1 in a relevant Honours degree is normally accepted as the entry requirement for the course. Applicants with a 2:2 are also actively encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with alternative qualifications with academic attainment or skills in subjects which are directly relevant to the course will also be considered.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Laboratory And Research Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Laboratory Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Cancer Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Hallmarks Of Cancer Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Research Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Therapeutic Targeting In Cancer Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cell And Molecular Biology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Cell Biology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Current Laboratory Applications Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Genomics And Proteomics Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Translational Research Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £14,460 for the course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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