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Online | Queen Mary University of London Online | 1 year | SEP-23

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1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Medical Specialisations: P-Z Oncology

Course type


Course Summary

This programme gives you the foundation in molecular and cellular biology that is fundamental to cancer biology and research. You’ll study and contribute to the latest developments in curing cancer, such as novel drugs and gene therapy. You’ll also discover how new therapies are developed, evaluated and implemented.

  • Taught by the UK’s leading oncology experts – we’re ranked number one for cancer research (REF 2014)
  • Online programme, so you can fit your studies around your other commitments
  • Gives you a solid background in cancer therapy but then allows you to specialise
  • Comprehensive training in research methods and techniques
  • An ideal career boost: discover how to develop and implement new treatments

What you'll study

This programme gives you a thorough grounding in the scientific principles underlying cancer treatment.

You’ll discover how new treatments are developed, evaluated and implemented. By the end of the course you’ll be equipped with a thorough knowledge of cancer biology and pathology, research methodologies, drug development, and regulatory issues.

You’ll have a firm grounding in the use and evaluation of cancer therapies, which will enhance your career prospects in many areas of cancer research, including early phase clinical trials.

You’ll also take a three-month dissertation under the supervision of one of our research experts. This may involve setting up a ‘mock’ clinical trial to gain experience of clinical research and drug development in the cancer setting.

Career paths

You’ll leave this programme with the clinical skills and experience necessary to pursue further academic research at PhD or MD level. This programme also provides a strong foundation if you want to work in biotech research, hospital settings or in industry.

Career destinations of past Barts Cancer Institute students include roles in higher education, the NHS and scientific publishing. Our graduates go on to jobs such as:

  • clinical trials assistant
  • senior clinical trial practitioner
  • scientific copy editor
  • microbiology analyst
  • specialist registrar
  • urology resident
  • oncology clinical fellow

Each year we retain a proportion of our graduates within the Institute as PhD students, research assistants or clinical trial co-ordinators.


Cancer Biology - Core
Cancer Pharmacology - Core
Drug Development - Core
Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology - Core
Cancer Prevention and Screening - Core
Dissertation - Core
Research Methods - Core
Genomic Approaches to Cancer - Core
Clinical Cancer Treatment (CCT) - Core
Pathology of Cancer and Imaging - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in a relevant subject such as Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Medicine from a recognised academic institution. Applicants with a 2:2 degree will be considered on an individual basis. The programme is open to graduate scientists, clinicians and other medical professionals working in healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry or contract research organisations.