MSc in Clinical Oncology

University of Birmingham - College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Program Description

MSc in Clinical Oncology

University of Birmingham - College of Medical and Dental Sciences

MSc in Clinical Oncology

This is a programme for healthcare professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology. The full-time programme is particularly suitable for medical professionals with an interest in clinical, medical, surgical and translational oncology.


The aim of this programme is to give you a scientific understanding of the cellular and molecular biology of cancer, its epidemiology and pathology, and to place this in a clinical context. We will then address how this knowledge effects therapeutic approaches and disease management.

The programme aims to allow you to understand the research process, drawing on examples within the department and its associated clinical trials unit. A key part of the Master's programme is the planning, execution and reporting of a piece of independent study leading to submission of a dissertation.

The course tries at all levels to encourage interactive rather than didactic learning and lecturing. Therefore, this Masters level programme will require you not only to assemble and learn facts but also to consider some of the philosophical challenges which underlie the treatment of cancer.

You can opt for a Postgraduate Diploma on completion of the core modules and 40 credits of optional modules, or a Masters on successful completion of the taught programme and an independently researched dissertation.

The content of the course is broadly divided into two components: the taught modules and the independent research project (dissertation).

Each taught module comprises 30-60 hours of taught classroom-based learning, self-directed learning and an assignment.

You are expected to spend approximately 60 hours of self-directed study doing preparatory and follow-up reading, and completing coursework for each module. Woven throughout the programme will be instruction in Research Methods. This is not an accredited module but you must demonstrate a satisfactory standard of understanding for you to be allowed to enter the dissertation phase of the programme.

Compulsory Modules

  • The Cellular and Molecular Biology of Cancer (20 credits)
  • Epidemiology and Statistics - Cancer Studies Dept. (10 credits)
  • Pathology of Cancer (20 credits)
  • Therapy and Management (20 credits)
  • Clinical Trials (10 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules - select 40 credits

  • Caring for Cancer Patients (10 credits)
  • Haemato-oncology (10 credits)
  • Paediatric Oncology (20 credits)
  • Palliative Care and Cancer Patients (20 credits)
  • Radiation Biology (10 credits)
  • Radiation Physics (20 credits)
  • Translational Research (20 credits)
  • Surgical Oncology (10 credits)


This one year Masters programme includes 8 taught modules plus a 6-month research project and clinical observer status in a local hospital. The Post Graduate Diploma programme consists of the 8 taught modules spread over 9 months.

2014/15 course fees

UK/EU students

MSc - £19900/PG Dip £3960 plus living expenses or accommodation and travel costs.

(Please note that the MSc fee includes the clinical observership, but the PGDip does not, hence the difference in fee levels).

Non-UK/EU students

MSc - £19900 (plus living expenses)/PGDip - £17335 - plus living expenses or accommodation and travel costs.

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Entry Requirements

It is essential that you have at least six months experience working in an oncology environment, as this programme is focused on professional practice. This may include experience in medicine, surgery, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry, nursing, radiography, clinical trials, and other related disciplines. You will also need an undergraduate degree in a suitable subject. This could include, but is not restricted to, the following fields: medicine, radiography, pharmacy, or relevant and equivalent experience/professional qualifications.

The University accepts Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

International students:

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries.

Standard English language requirements apply.

  • IELTS - 7.0. overall with no less than 6.5 in any band.
  • TOEFL - Internet-based 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 7, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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1 year
Full time
23,000 GBP
United Kingdom - Birmingham, England
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