This international Master program provides training that develops a broad understanding of fundamental bases and emergent areas in the field of cancer, from basic cell and molecular biology of cancer to translational and clinical research.

Program factsheet

  • Program duration: 2 years (120 ECTS).
  • Level: Master of Science.
  • Tuition fees: Annual registration fees for all selected applicants are calculated according to the rules and regulations of the University of Bordeaux. Tuition fees are 243€ per year.
  • Admission requirements: Bachelor degree or 180 ECTS equivalent in Biology or relevant Life Sciences field.
  • Language requirements: Candidates should be proficient in English. A certificate must be provided proving a minimum of English B1 level according to the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages” grid (European Union and Council of Europe).
  • Academic cooperation: Students may have the opportunity to carry out their internship with the following universities: Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (Brazil), McGill University (Canada), University of Arizona (USA), University of Leiden (the Netherlands), University of Lisbon (Portugal), University of Missouri (USA), University of Saragossa (Spain).

Program outline

The Master in Cancer Biology is one of the four degree-granting tracks of the Biology and Health Master. The training program is primarily research-oriented with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of cancer.

The program includes a two-month research internship during the first year and a five-month research internship in laboratories during the second year. Students learn about the fundamental bases and emergent areas in the field of cancer, from basic cell and molecular biology of cancer to translational and clinical research. They benefit from open access to new technological tools and a diagnostic and therapeutic teaching method.

The program covers the basic molecular and cellular mechanisms driving oncogenesis, the complex interacting cellular and molecular networks with the tumor microenvironment dictating cancer development and metastatic dissemination, the clinical aspects of cancer pathology and therapeutic possibilities. The development of critical analysis and creative skills that must be applied in the conception of new research proposals, accessing and processing experimental data and literature searches are also important components of the program.


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Program structure

The Master in Cancer Biology consists of four semesters including two research internships.

Semester 1 to 4: Content

Semester 1

  • Cancer cell biology (9 ECTS)
  • Bioinformatics and omics (3 ECTS)
  • Imaging and molecular histology (3 ECTS)
  • Experimental design in biomedical sciences (3 ECTS)
  • Molecular and cell biology techniques (9 ECTS*)
  • English (3 ECTS*)

Semester 2

  • Cancer immunobiology and immunotherapies (6 ECTS)
  • High-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics (3 ECTS)
  • Research internship (12 ECTS)
  • Molecular basis of pathologies (9 ECTS*)
  • Optional: animal experimentation training and certification (6 ECTS)

Semester 3

  • Microenvironment and tumor heterogeneity (6 ECTS)
  • Modeling and therapeutic innovation in cancer (6 ECTS)
  • Tutored interdisciplinary project (3 ECTS)
  • Communication and project conception (9 ECTS)

Two courses to be chosen from:

  • Concepts and causality in cancer (3 ECTS)
  • Microbiota and physiopathology (3 ECTS)
  • Other courses offered in the Biology and Health Master programs

Semester 4

  • Research internship (30 ECTS)

*Courses are common with other tracks of the Biology and Health Master program.

Strengths of this Master's program?

  • Strong connections to a network of research laboratories (French National Center for Scientific research - CNRS, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research - INSERM, the University of Bordeaux and international laboratories) dealing with a broad range of problematics in oncology.
  • State of the art technologies for cancer diagnosis and treatments.
  • A strong interdisciplinary research dynamic and learning environment, providing students with the possibility to interact with not only biologists, clinicians, and other health professionals, but also physicists, mathematicians, chemists and computer scientists working in the field of cancer.

After this Master's program?

The Master in Cancer Biology prepares students for careers in academic research in biomedical sciences. They may further their studies with a Ph.D. or directly work in research laboratories as scientific staff.

It also prepares students to compete for careers in the industrial sector (biotechnology companies, particularly in product development for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, in pharmaceutical companies or clinical analysis laboratories). Graduates of the program also have the opportunity of applying for different professional positions in the healthcare system, such as hospitals or clinics.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 22, 2019
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