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Year of Entry 2020/21
MSc

Cancer Biology

Gain an in-depth understanding of modern cancer biology, and work towards a career that will make a difference.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: £7,420 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2020

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.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
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.

You learn through

  • lectures, seminars and workshops
  • scientific writing
  • research
  • oral presentations
  • data handling
  • lab sessions
  • virtual learning
  • independent research project

Applied learning

Live projects

You will have the opportunity to conduct an 8-week 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 project will include a critical review of the literature relevant to your research project, the development of a project proposal, the development 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

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • industry-standard instrumentation
  • a mass spectrometry unit
  • cell culture and tissue engineering facilities
  • multicoloured flow cytometry
  • a state-of-the-art 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

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Modules

Year 1

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
Exam
Module: Hallmarks Of Cancer Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Research Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Therapeutic Targeting In Cancer Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cell And Molecular Biology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Cell Biology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Current Laboratory Applications Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Genomics And Proteomics Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Translational Research Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
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
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Cell And Molecular Biology Credits: 15
Module: Cell Biology Credits: 15
Module: Current Laboratory Applications Credits: 15
Module: Genomics And Proteomics Credits: 15
Module: Translational Research Credits: 15

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £7,420 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£2,475 for 60 credits).

† 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.

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