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International/EU: £16,385 for the course
- 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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How you learn
Your lecturer's view
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
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-SmallSenior 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
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.
This course prepares you for a career in
- research in healthcare, pharmaceuticals or biotechnology
- academic research
- medical sales
- scientific writing
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- Public Health England
- ThermoFisher Scientific
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
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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
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.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
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.
|Module: Advanced Laboratory And Research Practice||Credits: 30||
|Module: Applied Laboratory Practice||Credits: 15||
|Module: Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Cancer||Credits: 15||
|Module: Hallmarks Of Cancer||Credits: 15||
|Module: Research Project||Credits: 60||
|Module: Therapeutic Targeting In Cancer||Credits: 15||
|Module: Cell And Molecular Biology||Credits: 15||
|Module: Cell Biology||Credits: 15||
|Module: Genomics And Proteomics||Credits: 15||
|Module: Translational Research||Credits: 15||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £9,910 for the course. The fee quoted on the online prospectus is for the whole course. Where a course is to be taken over more than one year, then the course fees are divided into annual fees through a financial calculation to which a rounding mechanism is applied. This can sometimes mean that there is a nominal variation between the quoted fee from the prospectus and the fee charged to the student. There are some circumstances in which a student taking a break in study or engaging in retakes may be charged an additional fee, which should be notified to them at the time.
† 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.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £16,385 for the course. The fee quoted on the online prospectus is for the whole course. Where a course is to be taken over more than one year, then the course fees are divided into annual fees through a financial calculation to which a rounding mechanism is applied. This can sometimes mean that there is a nominal variation between the quoted fee from the prospectus and the fee charged to the student. There are some circumstances in which a student taking a break in study or engaging in retakes may be charged an additional fee, which should be notified to them at the time.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Biosciences and chemistry courses (PDF, 238KB)
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