This course will enhance your knowledge and understanding of cancer therapies and provide you with the skills to assess, analyse, critically appraise and evaluate current and emerging anti-cancer therapies and the drug discovery cascade, from target evaluation and engagement to clinical trials.
The programme was developed in response to the increasing demand for a course which focuses on current and emerging cancer therapies. It is the only programme in the UK which combines a focus on cancer biology with the practical, ethical and economic implications of personalised cancer therapy, along with its biology and the discovery and development of drugs.
It has been constructed to produce world-class graduates with the skills to contribute to the global drive in advancing cancer treatment through research, teaching, industry and public sector employment.
You'll focus on anti-cancer treatment therapies, with a particular emphasis on personalised medicine, covering the therapeutic target and the biological mechanisms of current and emerging anti-cancer therapies. You'll also explore radiotherapy as a diagnostic and as a single or combinational treatment with drugs in anti-cancer therapy.
You'll be introduced to the discovery and development of new drugs and the challenges associated with this process. You'll be able to evaluate the drug discovery pipeline including medicinal chemistry, screening, secondary assays and other drug discovery and development technologies. Through a virtual drug discovery programme, you'll have the opportunity to develop anti-cancer agents and progress these through the drug discovery cascade, from target engagement to clinical trials.
The programme will equip you with a range of skills including scientific writing, critical analysis, problem-solving, teamworking, as well as advanced data set analysis and interpretation. You'll experience a wide range of scientific topics from molecular biology, to cell biology and genetics, medicinal chemistry to formulation and radiobiology to nuclear medicine. You'll have the opportunity to conduct independent research and working as part of a multidisciplinary team you'll gain an appreciation of the contributions other disciplines make to cancer drug discovery.
The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences is recognised as one of the foremost departments of its kind in the UK. It's a leading research centre in the search for new and improved medicines. You'll benefit from the advanced facilities of a new £36 million building. The Institute is ranked no 2 in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2018 and the University of Strathclyde has recently been one of the few UK institutes to be awarded the status of 'Emerging Centre of excellence for radiobiology research' in the UK.
The course is delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions.
If you successfully complete the required taught classes you may undertake a laboratory project on the subject of cancer therapies for the MSc.
Written examinations, course work with formative and summative approaches are taken in different aspects of the course. Written reports, oral presentations, scenario-based learning and moderated peer assessment are all included in the course.
Graduates will have a number of potential employment opportunities: large and small pharma companies, SMEs, within health services and providers, their home institutions and as academics in UK, EU or international Universities.
The course will enable careers in research, academia industry and the health sector and offers you a unique exposure to the entire drug discovery and development cascade while keeping patients' needs at the forefront of the learning process.
Our MSc in Cancer Biology and Radiotherapy Physics is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in cancer research and/or cancer therapy involving ionising radiation.
With around 40% of all cancer cure cases involving radiotherapy and the UK soon to have a proton therapy service, the need for multidisciplinary scientists in this field has never been greater.
We aim to develop multidisciplinary scientists to create the necessary skill base that will drive radiotherapy forward in the UK.
This course will enable you to train as a multidisciplinary scientist in this area by covering a variety of subjects in content that is delivered by staff with a range of expertise, including physicists, biologists, engineers, clinicians and oncologists.
Our collaboration with The Christie will allow you to undertake unique research projects in its radiotherapy facilities that cannot be carried out anywhere else in the UK or most of Europe.
This course aims to help you develop:
You will be taught by academics from the University and clinical scientists at The Christie, meaning both fundamental science and its clinical application will be covered equally.
Units are delivered in one-week blocks with a mix of face-to-face content delivery and hands-on practical sessions.
There will be a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop your key skills and expand your knowledge base.
There is an also online pre-course element, which will be the beginning of your multidisciplinary scientific journey.
After the taught units, there is an supervised research project that will put into practice the key skills and knowledge acquired in the taught component.
The taught units will be assessed through multiple choice exams and practical assessments.
The research project will be assessed through the submission of a short report and oral presentation.
The taught component, which includes the five core and three optional units, will amount to 120 credits of the 180 credits required for an MSc qualification.
The remaining 60 credits will be obtained through a supervised research project.
Much of the course content is delivered through a collaboration with The Christie .
Our collaboration with The Christie means you will have access to an MRI image guided radiotherapy linear accelerator and a proton therapy centre incorporating a dedicated research room for your research project.
You will also be able to access a range of library and IT facilities throughout the University.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
Individual taught units from this MSc can be offered to industry and healthcare professionals as part of a career and professional development programme. Please contact us for further information.
This course will help you gain the knowledge and skills to become a leading healthcare scientist in the public or private sector.
It may also be of interest if you are a healthcare worker in the field of radiotherapy who wishes to advance your career.
The master's qualification gained could act as a stepping stone to further academic qualifications or careers involving medical science research.