MSc in Radiation Biology

This one-year, full-time, taught MSc in Radiation Biology leads to an MSc awarded by the University of Oxford. It consists of:

• a 5 month core theoretical course covering the emerging areas of fundamental biology for oncology and its treatment by radiotherapy

• a 6 month high-quality basic and clinically-applied research project
The MSc in Radiation Biology forms the first year of training for students enrolled on the DPhil in Radiation Oncology (1+3). It will also provide a MSc degree for individuals who wish to continue in academic research in radiation biology at other Universities, or to start a career in other professions that require knowledge of radiation biology e.g. academic personnel associated with radiation protection issues.


The Institute is offering up to two fully funded places. This will include payment of university and college fees (home/EU rate) and a stipend of not less than £12,000 for one year. All applicants are automatically considered for this funding (including applications already received). The funding awards are expected to be confirmed in June 2018.

MSc in Radiation Biology Class of 2014/15

MSc Course Structure

Modular Structure

Fundamental radiation biological science and laboratory methods/practical skills are taught in the first term (Michaelmas) and the first half of Hilary term, over a series of 12 modules.  Each module is delivered over a period of one or two weeks and together the 12 modules comprise the ‘core content’ of the course.

Lectures will be given by local, national and international experts, with additional tutorials and demonstrations given by local staff. Sessions using distance learning material will complement these, and give students a wide knowledge and understanding of radiation biology.

Demonstration and practical sessions will enable students to learn particular techniques that are used in this speciality subject area.

The remaining 6 months is allowed for a high quality laboratory research project.


Five short essays will be assessed to provide formative assessment of student progress. Students also sit a qualifying examination in week 9 of Michaelmas Term based upon Modules 1 – 6. This will normally be in an MCQ format. A second examination comprising short questions and essays is sat in week 9 of Hilary term. Students will submit an assignment and the research dissertation of approximately 10,000 words based upon their project and will be examined by research dissertation, by oral presentation and by a short viva voce.

MSc Modules and Module Leaders

Course Director: Dr Mark Hill and Deputy Course Director: Professor Bleddyn Jones


Application Procedure for Students

How to apply as a prospective new student or for readmission as a continuing Oxford graduate student.

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