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Cancer MSc

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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£12,980 (FT)
Overseas:
£24,410 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline such as life sciences or medicine or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 12 weeks) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Basic Biology and Cancer Genetics
  • Cancer Therapeutics

Specialist Modules

  • Behavioural Science and Cancer
  • Biomarkers in Cancer
  • Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Haematological Malignancies and Gene Therapy

Dissertation/report

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 research 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Cancer MSc

Funding

A limited number of competitive bursaries of up to £5000 will be available for Indian Nationals via the GREAT Scholarships India scheme at UCL.

Bursaries will be awarded based upon academic merit to those who have a confirmed offer for the MSc Cancer programme and have accepted their place on the programme.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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 degree

  • Staff Scientist, PICB/SIBS (2013)
  • PhD Student, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (2013)
  • Veterinary Student, Royal Veterinary College (2013)
  • Clinical Trials Assistant (Heamato-oncology), St Barts Hospital (2012)
  • Medical Student, University of Hong Kong (2013)

Employability

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.

Why 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, signalling pathways in 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.

Student / staff ratios › 350 staff › 38 taught students › 76 research students

Department: Cancer Institute

Degree reviews

Staff review

"In addition to UCL and UCL Hospitals, London in general has all you need in terms of basic science and resources as well as clinical oncologists that want to team up with basic scientists to develop potent translational programs in cancer, autoimmunity, genetic diseases and so on."

Dr Sergio Quezada

Subject: Programmes in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and in the Master’s programmes in Cancer
Alumni review

"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."

Dimitra Georgopoulou

Subject: Cancer MSc
Student review

"There have been many things that have been impressive in the programme. For the core module we had an extremely wide variety of lecturers who were at the cutting edge of their field which gave a largely 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 as well as actually doing something worthwhile; additionally, at least in my experience, everyone in the lab seems to go out of their way to help and, instead of thinking you're just getting in everyone's way, it feels like you're a part of the lab and people are interested in the work that you're doing."

Ben Draper

Subject: Cancer MSc

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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