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The Department of Oncology aims to provide research led, clinically focussed education and training, which produces graduates who can go on to improve outcomes for patients with cancer. To this end, we offer five different exciting taught MSc courses, which allows students to specialise in different areas of cancer diagnostics and treatment to suit their individual career goals.

This page gives an overview of the focus of each of these courses to allow you to make comparisons between them. Please review the individual course pages for full details of the curriculum. If you have any questions on course content, or which would be the best course for you, please email the Oncology Education Team.

MSc Applied Cancer Science allows bioscience graduates to take their first step into the world of cancer research. This course provides a detailed background on the molecular, cellular, local, and systemic changes seen in cancer and provides students with the analytical and practical skills to study cancer. The course provides an applied and pragmatic approach that will underpin careers in academia, industry, and beyond.

-- One year -- Full time -- On campus --

MSc Radiobiology allows graduates from biological or medical science backgrounds to specialise in radiobiology and radiation oncology. By studying the effects of radiation on matter, from subatomic particles through to whole populations, students will build up a clear understanding of the principles of radiobiology which can be applied in the context of clinical radiotherapy or associated research.

-- One year -- Full time -- On campus --

MSc Medical Physics with Radiobiology allows students with a physics background to develop their knowledge of how ionising and non-ionising radiation are used in clinical practice, both in the context of radiotherapy and medical imaging. This course provides the theoretical and experimental foundations required for graduates to become registered clinical scientists following the completion of the required clinical training.

-- One year -- Full time -- On campus --

MSc Precision Cancer Medicine focuses on precision cancer diagnostics and provides students with the knowledge and skills to critically appraise the use of ‘omics’ data beyond conventional histopathological assessment for cancer sub-classification, risk stratification and to guide the choice of the right treatment to the right patient at the right time. The online, part time format of this course allows practising clinicians, scientists, and other professionals from all over the world to study alongside their work, disseminating this knowledge where it is most needed.

-- Two years -- Part time -- Online --

MSc Experimental and Translational Therapeutics provides students with the knowledge to understand the principles that underpin the development of novel therapeutics and associated clinical research, and to enable them to translate that understanding into good clinical and research practice. Cancer is used as one example, but the principles taught on this course can be applied to the drug development pipeline in any disease area. This course is delivered in a part time modular format, allowing flexible study alongside full-time employment.

-- Two to four years -- Part time -- Residential weeks --