UCL Cancer Institute


MSc Cancer

UCL's MSc Cancer reflects the depth and breadth of research interests, from basic science to translational medicine, within the university.

Taught by research scientists and academic clinicians, the programme provides students with an in-depth look at the biology behind the disease processes which lead to cancer. 

On the programme, you will learn about the approaches taken to predict, detect, monitor, and treat cancer. You will gain a strong grounding in cutting-edge research methods and techniques used to advance our understanding of this disease and design better treatment strategies.

Who is the MSc Cancer programme for?

  • Those with undergraduate qualifications in life sciences
  • Scientists
  • Clinicians
  • Other health professionals, including those from the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

How to apply

Student experiences

Christian Pellegrino

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Dardan Uka

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Georgia Constaninou

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Nadia Bonnin

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Razma Sarastry

It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! The MSc Cancer course is challenging and enriching. The staff and students are supportive, open-minded and friendly and I adapted easily to the living and learning environment at UCL.


Ahmad Alizada

One of the best and unique aspects of the MSc Cancer course is the fact that we are taught by so many leaders in cancer research. We're introduced to the best conceptual and experimental methodologies right at the beginning of our careers.


Ateeq Hayat

The MSc Cancer course developed the skills I'll need for my PhD. I now understand the approaches to predict, detect and treat cancer, and critically analyse scientific literature. The summer research project is great. You can carry out experiments independently in a lab setting like the rest of the scientists. 


Safwana Zulkhernain 

The MSc Cancer exposed me to multiple research areas: from basic biology to epidemiology, clinical issues and practice in cancer management, current leading research for therapeutic approaches, and the unpredictability that underlies or sometimes undermines an 'established/accepted' finding. I now hope to further my research interests through PhD study.

More about the MSc Cancer

Why study MSc Cancer at UCL?

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 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.

We collaborate with scientists in nanotechnology, bioinformatics and computational sciences, developmental biology, stem-cell research, immunity, engineering and medicinal chemistry.

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Master's loans

The UK Government's Postgraduate Master's Loan is available to students applying to master's programmes (eligibility criteria applies).


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