MSc Cancer Biology

Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2024/25

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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  • Pound sign

    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,310 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    2 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024


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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How you learn

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

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.

You learn through

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

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

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 through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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

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Howard Street
Sheffield
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, email our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Advanced Laboratory And Research Practice
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Applied Laboratory Practice
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Cancer
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Exam(60%)
Hallmarks Of Cancer
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Research Project
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Therapeutic Targeting In Cancer
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Cell And Molecular Biology
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Cell Biology
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Genomics And Proteomics
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Translational Research
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Exam(60%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Advanced Laboratory And Research Practice
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Applied Laboratory Practice
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Cancer
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Exam(60%)
Hallmarks Of Cancer
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Research Project
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Therapeutic Targeting In Cancer
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Cell And Molecular Biology
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Cell Biology
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Genomics And Proteomics
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Translational Research
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Exam(60%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time. Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2024/25 is £5,155 per year.

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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