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MSc Cancer

Educational Aims of the program

The MSc Cancer program is a course designed to reflect the depth and breadth of research within the recently formed UCL Cancer Institute. The program, taught by research scientists and academic clinicians, will provide students with an in-depth look at the biology behind the disease processes which lead to cancer. Students will learn about the approaches taken to predict, detect, monitor, and treat cancer. They will also get a strong grounding in the cutting edge research methods and techniques used to advance our understanding of this disease and design better treatment strategies.

Who is the course for?

The program is designed for those with undergraduate qualifications in the life sciences, scientists, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals including individuals from the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The knowledge and transferable skills developed in the course will be suitable for those in an industrial or healthcare setting, as well as those individuals contemplating further PhD or medical studies.


MSc Postgraduate Diploma Postgraduate Certificate
  • 2 Core modules
  • 4 Specialist modules
  • Research project module
  • 2 Core Modules
  • 4 Specialist modules
  • 2 Core modules
1 year full time
9 months full time
15 weeks full time

Course Structure and Curriculum

1. Basic biology and cancer genetics
2. Cancer therapeutics

  • Four Specialist Modules.
    Each optional module is worth 15 credits. Each module will consist of a written exam (50%) and coursework (50%). The modules will delve into the latest research and developments within these topics. :
  1. Cancer Clinical Trials
  2. Biomarkers in Cancer
  3. Haematological Malignancy & Gene Therapy
  4. Behavioural Science & Cancer


Course Administrator

Lauren James

Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 6658
E-mail: l.e.james@ucl.ac.uk

Program Coordinator & Tutor

Dr Julie Olszewski

Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 6911
E-mail: j.olszewski@ucl.ac.uk


postgraduate support scheme

  • Laboratory based project or research of 60 credits.
    Students will undertake a laboratory project, be involved with clinical trials or have a systems biology/informatics project. Students will submit a written dissertation of 10,000 - 12,000 words and have an assessed oral presentation about their research project around the midpoint of the module.


Why study with us?

University College London is one of Europe’s largest and most productive centres of biomedical science with great strengths in cancer research. Scientists at UCL have an international reputation for leading basic, translational and clinical cancer research. The newly formed UCL Cancer Institute brings together scientists from various disciplines to synergise multidisciplinary research into cancer. Our researchers’ particular areas of expertise include:

  • the biology of leukaemia
  • the infectious causes of cancer
  • the design of drugs that interact with DNA
  • antibody-directed therapies
  • the molecular pathology of cancer
  • epigenetic changes in cancer
  • gene therapy
  • early phase clinical trials
  • national and international clinical trials in solid tumours and blood cancers
In addition we collaborate with scientists in nanotechnology, bioinformatics and computational sciences, developmental biology, stem-cell research, immunity, engineering and medicinal chemistry.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or an appropriate professional qualification or work experience.

How To Apply

Applications should be submitted directly to UCL admissions. Applications will be accepted from October 15th for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please apply early to avoid disappointment. The closing date for applications is 31st July 2015.

There is a maximum of 35 students accepted onto the program per annum.

Fees and Funding

Programme fees: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money/2015-2016_fees/2015-16_postgrad_taught

For those students working to organize scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants), early application for admission is strongly encouraged.