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The MSc in Radiation Biology content has been developed to align with the priorities for radiation biology training programmes as outlined by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  

On completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of: 

1.       Fundamental radiation biology; linking the temporal and spatial distribution of physical interactions with ionising radiation and associated chemistry, with the ultimate response of the cell and key factors modulating this response. 

2.       The pathogenesis of cancer and normal tissue toxicity associated with exposure to ionising radiation, and the dependence of the response on the microenvironment and intercellular communication. 

3.       Physical, chemical, and biological techniques used in radiotherapy to enhance tumour control probability while minimising normal tissue toxicity. 

4.       The use of clinical trials in radiation oncology along with the rationale for, and application of, state-of-the-art and novel approaches to improve cancer care. 

5.       The risk and underlying biological basis of the hazards associated with typical environmental, occupational and medical exposures to ionising radiation, associated legislation and their practical implementation to reduce risk to individuals and populations. 

6.       The application of the scientific method to address research questions within the field of radiation biology.  

Students will also acquire valuable laboratory practical skills, both specific to radiation biology and transferable to other areas of scientific laboratory research, through the dissertation research project.
Additionally the course develops core intellectual and transferable skills utilised by graduates, whether entering industry roles or progressing to further study and research.