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Cancer and Molecular and Cellular Biology Online MSc

Cancer and Molecular and Cellular Biology Online MSc

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Distance without attendance | Queen Mary University of London | 1 year | 18-SEP-23

Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Cell Biology Oncology

Course type


Course Summary

Our programme will give you a grounding in the molecular and cellular biology that underpins cancer biology and research. You’ll discover how the treatment and diagnosis of cancer has advanced and how new therapies are developed, evaluated and implemented. You’ll also gain strong practical skills: you’ll take a research skills module and a three-month laboratory project.

  • Study and contribute to the latest developments in the treatment of cancer
  • Complete a three-month lab project, with an option to embed in one of our six research teams
  • Taught by the UK’s leading oncology experts – we’re ranked number one for cancer research (REF 2014)
  • Part-time option, so you can fit your studies around your other commitments
  • An ideal career boost if you want to work in research, biotech or complete a PhD

What you'll study

This MSc gives you a detailed and thorough understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of cancer and its treatments. You’ll also develop a deep knowledge of cancer biology, pathology, pharmacology and drug development.

You’ll study research methods and techniques, enabling you to make the most of the three-month laboratory project that forms a central component of the programme.

During your laboratory project, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake research at your workplace or an appropriate local research laboratory. You’ll gain valuable scientific and transferable skills, as well as experience of the research process – including preparation of a thesis – so you’ll have a solid foundation for a future career in scientific research.

This programme is delivered by the Barts Cancer Institute, a Cancer Research UK centre of excellence and part of the Cancer Research UK City of London Centre.

Additional costs

As a distance-learning student, you have the option to either sit your exams onsite at Queen Mary or to arrange an approved alternative venue. If you would like to sit your exams at a local venue, you will be responsible for making the initial arrangements and for any associated costs that may be charged.


  • Eight compulsory modules
  • Choice of elective modules
  • Three-month laboratory project

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 a clinical, pharmaceutical or diagnostic setting.

Career destinations of past Barts Cancer Institute students include roles in higher education, the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry and charitable trusts. Our graduates have gone on to jobs such as:

  • research assistant
  • tissue bank officer
  • clinical trials associate
  • lab technician
  • healthcare scientist
  • facilitator of clinical research
  • clinical research practitioner

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


This module provides an opportunity to further develop and apply skills learned during the taught modules by undertaking an independent, critical study and evaluation of an approved and relevant topic, typically within an active research group either within the Institute or at a partner organisation. The specific nature of each dissertation will be determined through discussions between the student, the course director and the project supervisor but will involve applying analytical, investigative and communication skills and utilizing a range of research methods and tools.

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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.

University information

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is an internationally regarded public research institution based in London. It has a long history, dating back over 230 years, and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. QMUL has five campuses in the city of London and an international network of satellite campuses in China, Malta and Paris. There is a population of around 16,000 students at the London campuses and more than 32,000...more

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