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The Cancer MSc reflects the depth and breadth of research interests, from basic science to translational medicine, within the UCL Cancer Institute. The programme, taught by research scientists and academic clinicians, provides students with an in-depth look at the biology behind the disease processes which lead to cancer.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £12,600
- Overseas Full-time: £23,700
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
This programme offers a foundation in understanding cancer as a disease process and its associated therapies. Students learn about the approaches taken to predict, detect, monitor and treat cancer, alongside the cutting edge research methods and techniques used to advance our understanding of this disease and design better treatment strategies.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL is one of Europe's largest and most productive centres of biomedical science, with an international reputation for leading basic, translational and clinical cancer research.
The UCL Cancer Institute brings together scientists from various disciplines to synergise multidisciplinary research into cancer, whose 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, cancer stem cell biology, early phase clinical trials, and national and international clinical trials in solid tumours and blood cancers.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits),four specialist modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study two years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 12 weeks) is offered.
All MSc students undertake a laboratory project, clinical trials project or systems biology/informatics project, which culminates in a 10,000–12,000 word dissertation and an oral presentation.
Teaching and Learning
Students develop their knowledge and understanding of cancer through lectures, self-study, database mining, wet-lab based practicals, clinical trial evaluations, laboratory training, assigned reading and self-learning. Each taught module is assessed by an unseen written exam (50%) and coursework (50%). The research project is assessed by the dissertation (75%) and oral presentation (25%).
Further details available on subject website:
Scholarships available for this department
This is a joint programme part funded through GREAT funds and through contributions made by UK Universities. GREAT is a part of the UK Government’s campaign to show to the world the best of the UK, and UCL has 8 master's courses which are eligible for inclusion. No separate appliction is required; all eligible students will be assessed by their department.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed for those with qualifications in life sciences, scientists, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals including individuals from the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The knowledge and transferable skills developed are suitable for those in an industrial or healthcare setting, and for students contemplating further PhD or medical studies.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study this programme at graduate level
- why you want to study this programme at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The knowledge and skills developed will be suitable for those in an industrial or healthcare setting, as well as those individuals contemplating a PhD or medical studies in cancer.
Top career destinations for this programme
- University of Oxford, PhD Studentship, 2010
- Information Specialist, Data Quality, NHS Wales informatics Service, 2010
- NYU School of Medicine, Research Technician, 2012
- University of Leeds, Medical School MBBS Programme, 2012
- St Barts Hospital, Clinical Trials Assistant (Heamato-oncology), 2012
Skills include critical evaluation of scitific literature, experimental planning and design interpretation of data and results, presentation/public speaking skills, time management, working with a team, working independently and writing for various audiences.
"For the core module we had an extremely wide variety of lecturers who were at the cutting edge of their field, which gave an in-depth look at the field of cancer research as a whole. The summer lab project has been a great opportunity to develop current lab skills and learn new ones."
Degree: Cancer MSc
"UCL and the UCL Cancer Institute gave me the opportunity to meet and keep contact with important and established people in my field of interest, both in academia and industry. I also had the chance to meet invited scientists from the UK and other universities around the world."