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Taught Modules:

Following a comprehensive induction to the course and the teaching environment you will join a small group of students for the taught modules which take place from  October (Year 1) to February (Year 2).

You will be given access to state-of-the art technology to support your learning including the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE), Canvas.

Lecture materials will be pre-recorded and will be available for you to watch in your own time, alongside recommended reading and other coursework activities.


  • Each module is led by two module leads plus additional lecturers for specialist input;
  • The module curriculum consists of 6-10 one hour recorded lectures (each split into smaller bite-sized recordings of 10-20 minutes) over 7 week period;
  • All lectures focus on interactive learning throughout and include case studies, quizzes and simulations;
  • Real time, online discussion groups (approximately 3 for every module) are led by members of faculty using webcams and conferencing software to facilitate your learning;
  • Feedback is provided to you after each formative assessment .


In addition the lectures and discussion groups, you are expected to spend time in private study. It is generally expected that students will spend between 15-20 hours a week on study.

You should note that the lectures and discussion groups only provide core material, which will allow you to achieve ‘pass’ grades in the assessments.

To pass your MSc with distinction, you will need to provide the examiners with evidence of comprehensive knowledge and understanding, which often can only be achieved through additional background reading and practice.


The aim of the dissertation is to enable you to explore an area relevant to Precision Cancer Medicine in depth and to develop a carefully considered and critical piece of written work related to this chosen area of study.

At the beginning of the second year of the course you will be assigned a Dissertation Supervisor and you will have  supervision for one full academic year whilst undertaking your dissertation.

Your supervisor's task is to support and guide you through your dissertation and the governance of your research activities, and to provide critical and constructive feedback.