MSc in Cancer Studies

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Program Description

MSc in Cancer Studies

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

MSc in Cancer Studies

This MSc course offers an innovative interdisciplinary perspective on the study of cancer, and provides the opportunity to undertake advanced study in Oxford, a world-renowned academic location, with a new Cancer Centre and a range of expert practitioners working in the cancer field. The department hosts the prestigious HRH Prince Sultan Chair in Cancer Care and the Cancer Care research group.

Most people's lives are touched by cancer at some point. Cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, although with increased screening, early detection and continually improving treatments, there are now over two million survivors of cancer in the UK. The impact of cancer does not stop when treatment is over, and cancer can have wide-ranging consequences for physical, psycho-social and practical aspects of life for many years. In addition, cancer is a major focus of medical research, treatment development and clinical trials – all of which raise interesting ethical, legal and policy issues, both in the UK and internationally.

Three core modules, which encompass both biological and social sciences, provide the foundation. These equip you to apply key theories and concepts critically, and to develop the skills required to engage in debates about the impact of cancer on the individual, the family and society. A wide range of additional modules offers the opportunity to examine aspects of cancer in greater detail from different perspectives, ranging from professional practice to historical perspectives, from epidemiological and medical research to biotechnology.

Course content

This exciting master's course is open to UK, EU and international applicants.

The course will appeal to a wide range of individuals who wish to gain an understanding of cancer and its impact from a range of different perspectives. This includes:

  • social science and humanities graduates
  • science graduates who do not wish to pursue a laboratory-based career
  • doctors
  • nurses
  • allied health professionals
  • science and medical journalists
  • people working for medical charities and in the pharmaceutical industry
  • individuals who have been affected by cancer (either themselves or a family member).

The unique features of this course include:

  • interdisciplinary, cross-university teaching in epidemiology, public health, applied biology, history, ethics and law
  • a range of optional modules to support and complement individual interests and needs
  • links with the local hospitals, Primary Care Trusts, the Oxford Cancer Centre, and the Thames Valley Cancer Network.

This multidisciplinary course aims to equip you with an understanding of the impact of cancer on the individual, family and society, and to apply key theories and concepts to these topics.

Entry requirements

  • You must normally hold a UK honours degree or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution.
  • If you do not hold an honours degree or equivalent, you will be required to submit an assignment which will be taken into account as part of your application.
  • If you have not previously studied Biology above A-level, (or equivalent), you will be asked to complete an online study package in Cancer Biology before you take the Applied Cancer Biology module.

You may be eligible for transferred certificated credit, if you can produce transcripts of equivalent study in one or more modular areas. If you wish to transfer credit you will be required to produce transcripts, so are advised to make initial enquiries through the Course Leader.

Note: the university offers a pre-master's programme which has been designed to fully prepare you for your future master's course if:

  • your undergraduate qualifications do not meet the level required for postgraduate study
  • you wish to take a master's in a subject that is different from your undergraduate degree
  • you need to improve your study skills and use of academic English.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level - IELTS 6.5-7.0 overall, or equivalent.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2017
12 - 36 months
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905 GBP
United Kingdom - Oxford, England
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