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Msc in radiation biology 1

The MSc in Radiation Biology is a one-year, full-time, course run by the Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology within the Department of Oncology.

It is designed for individuals who are interested in a career in academic research in radiation biology or radiation oncology, or have an interest in professions ­ that require a knowledge of radiation biology, such as radiation protection. This multi-disciplinary course attracts students from a wide range of scientific backgrounds including biology, medicine, engineering, mathematics, chemistry and physics.

This state-of-the-art course combines lectures on traditional and molecular radiation biology principles with clinical applications followed by a research project in an internationally competitive research laboratory. It is delivered by world-leading academics and clinical scientists and is complemented with tutorials, demonstrations and practicals.

It comprises:

  • A five month core theoretical course delivered over 12 modules (October to February). These cover fundamental and emerging areas of radiation biology for cancer and its  treatment by radiotherapy, along with the hazards associated with radiation exposure.
  • A 5-6 month basic, or clinically-applied, research project (March to August). The project is designed to address a key research question in a state-of-the-art laboratory as part of an active research group.

Progression to DPhil/PhD: The MSc provides excellent training  for students interested in studying academic research at PhD/DPhil level. There are two routes for this at Oxford. Either, apply just for the MSc and then apply separately for the DPhil the following year. Or, alternatively, apply for the combined MSc and DPhil  via the DPhil in Radiation Oncology (1+3). The benefit of the latter option is that you are guaranteed a DPhil place (for 3 years) after you successfully complete the MSc and only one application fee is payable.

Anouk Sesink discusses her time as a student on the MSc in Radiation Biology.