MSc in Cancer Biology

University of Kent, School of Biosciences

Program Description

MSc in Cancer Biology

University of Kent, School of Biosciences

Do you want to undertake a postgraduate degree within the biological sciences that enhances your employability in a range of different careers?

Are you passionate about improving healthcare for cancer, a disease that affects 1 in 3 people?

Do you want to study within a School that is recognised as one of the best teaching departments in the UK, and work with active cancer researchers to develop new therapies?

The MSc in Cancer Biology has been designed for students who wish to gain an advanced education and training in the biological sciences, within the context of a disease that affects a large proportion of the global population. The course provides training in the modern practical, academic and research skills that are used in academia and industry. Through a combination of lectures, small-group seminars and practical classes, students will apply this training towards the development of new therapies. The programme culminates with a research project that investigates the molecular and cellular basis of cancer biology or the development of new therapies under the supervision of active cancer research scientists.

Course content

The MSc in Cancer Biology involves studying for 120 credits of taught modules, as indicated below. The taught component takes place during the Autumn and Spring terms, while a 60-credit research project take place over the Summer months. The assessment of the course will involve a mixture of practical classes, innovative continuous assessment to gain maximise transferable and professional skills, and examinations. In additional to traditional scientific laboratory reports, experience will be gained in a range of scientific writing styles relevant to future employment, such as literature reviews, patent applications, regulatory documents, and patient information suitable for a non-scientific readership. The individual modules are as follows:

  • Science at work (30 credits)
  • Practical and Applied Research Skills for Advanced Biologists (30 credits)
  • The molecular and cellular basis of cancer (15 credits)
  • The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Cancer (15 credits)
  • Genomic stability and cancer (15 credits)
  • Cancer Therapeutics: From the Laboratory to the Clinic (15 credits)
  • Cancer Research in Focus (15 credits
  • MSc Project (60 credits)

Admissions requirements and fees

Students must have, or expect to have, minimum 2:1 honours degree in a biosciences-related subject. Applications will be considered throughout the year and places filled on a competitive basis on the strength of the applications received.

Please note that the School of Biosciences has a number of funding and scholarship opportunities for master's students. Please visit the funding and scholarships page to review eligibility criteria and the application procedure.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 15, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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1 - 2 years
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Canterbury, England
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