Dardan Uka talks about why he chose the MSc Cancer programme:
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.
When I received my offers to study cancer from different universities, it was an easy decision to choose UCL. 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 from the beginning of our careers.
The MSc Cancer course has certainly developed the skills I'll need for my PhD. I'm now able to understand the approaches to predict, detect and treat cancer, and critically analyse scientific literature. The summer research project is great, you are able to carry out experiments independently in a lab setting like the rest of the scientists.
I've been interested in the cancer research field since I was an undergrad and wanted to find my 'niche' area of research. After my year as a research assistant, I decided the MSc Cancer course would offer me a more organised and structured approach to finding my specialism. I've been exposed 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.