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Cancer and Therapeutics - Barts Cancer Institute

Course Description

This programme aims to provide you with a clear understanding of the scientific basis underlying the principles and practice of treating cancer.

This will be underpinned by a thorough knowledge of cancer biology and pathology and research methodologies.

This knowledge will provide an excellent grounding in the development, use and evaluation of cancer therapies, which will enhance career prospects in many areas of early phase clinical trials and clinical drug development in the cancer setting.

Compulsory Modules

• Ablative Therapies
• Cancer Biology
• Cancer Pharmacology
• Cancer Prevention & Screening
• Drug Development
• Molecular Diagnostic & Therapeutics
• Molecular Targeted Therapies and Immunotherapy for Blood Cancer
• Research Methods
• Site Specific Tumour Treatment

Elective Modules

• Genomic Approaches to Human Diseases
• Paediatric & Adolescent Oncology
• Pathology of Cancer

Core Module for MSc

• Dissertation.

Barts Cancer Institute is a Cancer Research UK Centre of Excellence and one of the leading cancer institutes in the country.
Based in the heart of London, our programmes are all taught by experts in the field.

Find out more about the BCI at http://www.bci.qmul.ac.uk/study-with-us

Visit the Cancer and Therapeutics - Barts Cancer Institute page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Asmah Syed

Prior to studying MSc Cancer Therapeutics I had just completed my undergraduate study in Biomedical Sciences at Queen Mary University. I decided to pursue the Cancer Therapeutics course because I had been taught by many of the academic staff from the Institute of Cancer and I enjoyed the material as well as their different teaching styles. I had always planned to study Medicine and I feel that the course has been an invaluable experience in allowing me to thrive in the demanding field of Medicine. The teaching on this course is very good and there is a good balance between clinical and academic staff and this allows you to see the benefits that people involved in the forefront of cancer research have on clinical practice.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the taught modules throughout both semesters. The highlight of the course for me has to be the lab project, where you can apply the techniques you have been taught to investigate an aim. The lab project allows you to work with a lab group and actually experience life as a research scientist. Nothing can compare to the feeling of getting your first positive results from an experiment you did yourself!

I completed the course with a distinction and I am now studying Medicine. I feel that the masters course has shaped my future because I now feel that Oncology may be the speciality for me.
I would highly recommend the MSc Cancer Therapeutics course to anyone interested in Oncology and cancer research. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on this course and I have gained much valued knowledge.

(Student Profile)

Firas Abed

The Cancer Therapeutics course offers a portal to the new world of cancer research. Through its diverse modules, the course covers cancer from different angles that may interest students from different backgrounds as it has a 'dish for every taste'. Despite the fact that it is mainly into research, prior lab experience is not an issue to progress through the course.

I did Medicine for my Bachelor Degree and I had a near zero experience in lab. This has not been a problem, however, owing to the Research Skills Module, which provides a starting point for those with no lab experience and consolidates lab skills for students that already have it. The course not only introduced me to the available cancer medicines and novel therapies, but also gave me an insight into the steps required to develop new medications and take them to clinical trials in the real world.

A powerful thing about Cancer Therapeutics course is that you get to learn from your mistakes! Marking of all course work is given with professional feedback that I found extremely helpful and allowed me, with time, to upgrade my skills in scientific writing and presentations, an important goal of the course. Contacting the tutors and the staff was very easy and you can get an answer for every question you have in very short time.

Finally, I was lucky enough to practice what I have learned in the course as I joined the Cancer Pharmacology Group here at the Institute of Cancer. I am using the same skills I acquired during the lab project to trial new cancer medicines.


QMUL-Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

QMUL works closely with the Chevening - the UK government’s international scheme aimed at developing global leaders - to provide a large number of full scholarships for study on our one-year Masters courses.Every year QMUL hosts a large cohort of the 1500 Chevening Scholars who come to study at universities all over the UK. In 2016-17 we have a record of 87 scholars joining QMUL from countries across the globe!Chevening Scholarships are available for students from all nationalities.All Chevening awards cover full overseas tuition fees, as well as providing a stipend for living costs, air-fares, and a variety of other expenses.Chevening Scholars also benefit from a year-long programme of events helping you experience the best of British culture and to make the most of your time in the UK.There are two types of award on offer at QMUL:QMUL-Chevening Scholarships
A large number of these awards will be available across all one-year QMUL masters courses.QMUL-Chevening Partner Awards
In addition to the QMUL-Chevening Scholarships, QMUL also supports an additional seventeen QMUL-Chevening Partner Awards. These awards are for specific academic departments and for particular courses, including 2 scholarships in The Blizard Institute (part of our School of Medicine and Dentistry).

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for a Chevening Award you must:- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
- Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
- Have at least two years’ work experience
For full eligibility criteria, please refer to the website

Application Procedure

Applications for all scholarships must be made directly to the Chevening: full details on how to apply are available on the Chevening’s webpages.In order to be considered for a QMUL-Chevening Partner Award, candidates are encouraged to place QMUL as their first choice university.The deadline for applications is Tuesday 8 November 12:00 GMT.Candidates should also apply for their chosen Masters programme at QMUL through our online portal in the normal way.Candidates are encouraged to QMUL as early as possible to ensure that their application can be processed in a time to meet the Chevening’s deadline for the confirmation of their unconditional university offer in July 2017.

Further Information



QMUL Commonwealth Scholarships - 20+ Awards

In 2017-18 we will be hosting an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Scholars from across the globe.Commonwealth Scholarships at QMUL typically cover full overseas tuition fees, living costs, airfares, and a variety of other expenses. Scholars from developing and developed Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for these awards.All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.Each year QMUL welcomes a number of Master’s and PhD students on Commonwealth Scholarships – candidates study a diverse range of courses from Business and Finance, to Global Health, Human Rights Law, and Medical Microbiology.Scholars may study any subject but the course should have developmental relevance.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017
- By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)

Application Procedure

All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.Application Deadline: 15 November 2016Please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship website for full application information.

Further Information



QMUL HESPAL Scholarships - Single Award

HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and to develop renewed, sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities.The Scheme will upgrade junior academic staff in Palestinian universities through a Masters Scholarship programme.Applicants can choose from a wide range of study areas:Business, Economics and Finance; Educational Management; Political Sciences and International Relations; Human Rights and Governance; Agriculture; Engineering; Law, Management; Environmental Studies; Water management, Nursing, TSOL, Human Resourses, Economics, Literature, Linguistics, IT, Science programmes, Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Infrastructure, Clean Energy and Conservation Strategies, MA Energy Management, Energy Conservation, Sustainable Energy, ICT, nanotechnologies and energy. The scholarship covers the following:- tuition fees
- pre-departure briefing from the British Council
- arrival allowances
- thesis allowances
- a monthly allowance to cover living expenses.Scholarship does not cover the costs for accompanying family, visa fees, IELTS cost, and Airfare ticket to from the UK.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- Applicant must be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.
- Applicant must be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him, which must be one of the participating Palestinian universities listed below.
- Applicant will have a Masters degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 3.0 Bachelor’s Degree from UK).
- Applicant must sign a written undertaking to return to Palestinian university within a time frame agreed with their university, normally one year.
- Applicant must have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).

Application Procedure

- Applicants should complete the HESPAL application form in collaboration with their university, indicating which subject area(s) they wish to study. Applicants should specify at least three and up to to five UK HEIs in order of preference, but there is no guarantee they will be placed in one of these institutions.
- Submit the HESPAL application to the home university in Palestine with all supporting documents attached.
- Each applicant should submit an online application direct to each university that they wish to apply to and should attach a copy to the HESPAL application. The completed application forms and all other documentation must be submitted in hard copies to your university scholarship coordination office by 23 Janurary 2017

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Degree in a relevant subject with a minimum 2:1 or equivalent (a 2:2 will be considered with strong supporting evidence). Students for whom English is not a first language will require a minimum IELTS score of 7 or equivalent.

Last Updated

02 February 2017

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