Cancer MSc

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£16,500
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£32,100
Duration
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications closed

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

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.

Who this course is for

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 this course will give you

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. Our particular areas of expertise include: the molecular pathology of cancer, signalling pathways in cancer, epigenetic changes in cancer, bioinformatic analysis of cancer genomics and tumour heterogeneity, targeted drug design and antibody-directed therapeis, stem cell therapy and cancer immunotherapy, early phase clinical trials, and national and international clinical trials in solid tumours and blood cancers.

The foundation of your career

Skills include critical evaluation of scientific 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.

Employability

The knowledge and skills developed will be suitable for those contemplating a PhD or medical studies in cancer, as well as those individuals interested in a career in an industrial or healthcare setting.

Teaching and learning

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of cancer through lectures, self-study, database mining, laboratory based practicals, clinical trial evaluations, research training, assigned reading and self-learning. Each taught module is assessed by an unseen written examination, presentation and/or coursework. The research project is assessed by the dissertation and oral presentation.

The MSc Cancer programme is a full-time degree course, and teaching may be scheduled throughout the working week. During the core and specialist modules, a typical week might involve around 15 hours of lectures and tutorials over three working days, however this will vary between weeks and between different modules. The remainder of the time is intended for students to undertake independent study. During the research project, students will typically attend their research group full-time.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 15 weeks) is offered.

Modules

Full-time

The MSc Cancer programme comprises five taught modules (four compulsory and one optional) and the research dissertation module. Term 1 consists of two core modules (Basic Biology and Cancer Genetics; and Cancer Therapeutics - 30 credits each) which provide you with a fundamental understanding of cancer biology and treatment. In Term 2 you will undertake, a 30 credit specialist module (Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy) exploring the interaction between cancer and the immune system and its potential as a cancer therapy, and a 15 credit research skills module (Cancer Research Proposal). You will also choose one of two possible 15 credit optional modules that will broaden your knowledge by considering how patients and the public are influenced by cancer as a disease (Behavioural Science in Cancer), or by exploring how discoveries from the laboratory are safely and reliably taken forward into clinical testing (Cancer Clinical Trials). In term 3 you will apply your knowledge and technical and analytical skills to the investigation of a novel research hypothesis as you undertake a 60 credit research project.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Cancer. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Cancer. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Cancer.

Accessibility

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Graduate Open Events: Applying for Graduate Study at UCL

The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

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Graduate Open Events: Funding your studies

The Funding your studies session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Funding and Student Recruitment teams, provides information and guidance about the various scholarships and funding opportunities for graduate study at UCL.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £16,500
Tuition fees (2022/23) £32,100

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Students are expected to pay for the printing and soft binding (usually spiral/comb binding) of two copies of their research project dissertations. Certain research projects, depending upon the activities involved, may require you to obtain Hepatitis B vaccination.

Although the majority of the teaching is conducted in the main UCL Bloomsbury campus, you may on occasion have to travel to other sites (e.g. Royal Free Hospital) for some activities. These other sites are all expected to be local within London, and therefore any additional travel costs that you may have to pay would be expected to be low. The purchase of core textbooks is recommended but is not a requirement for the programme. You may find it useful to have your own laptop or desktop computer, but this is not a programme requirement and UCL students can access computers in the libraries or student learning areas around the campus.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

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

Next steps

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021