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Cancer Cell Biology - MSc

Course Description

On this course, you’ll learn from research scientists at the forefront of cancer research and cancer therapy design, based in the Genome Damage and Stability Centre.

You’ll receive comprehensive training in the wide range of research skills required for a research career. This gives you a thorough understanding of the molecular basis and cell biology of cancer.

Studying in a research-intensive environment, you’ll gain laboratory, analytical and experimental experience as well as a grounding in the necessary bioinformatics and experimental theory.

How will I study?
You will study core modules, building your understanding of laboratory techniques and theory. You’ll have access to an exciting variety of options allowing you to pursue your interests. You’ll learn in a group through:
-Laboratory work
-Student-led activities

You also work on a more individual basis with your supervisor on the final research project, which sees you tackle real-world problems in a laboratory research group.

We use reports, unseen examinations, essays, problems sets and presentations to assess your work. You’ll also write a dissertation as part of the research project.

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

Geoff Lockwood Scholarship (2017)
-1 scholarship for Postgraduate (taught) of £3,000 fee waive
-Application deadline: 24 July 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

This MSc provides you with a range of transferable skills, knowledge and opportunities to pursue a high-level career in industry or research.

As well as going on to PhDs at Sussex and elsewhere, and to research posts, our graduates have also moved into fields such as publishing and the charity sector.

Visit the Cancer Cell Biology - MSc page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Student Profiles

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017) - 20+ Awards

25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.Type of Award
Postgraduate taughtTimetable
1 May: Deadline for all applications to be received
By 31 May: Notification to first choice and short-listed candidates
After 3 July: Notification to successful short-listed candidates if first choice candidates do not take up the scholarship.Successful Applicants
Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University.Contact Details
Student Funding Team
Student Life Centre
University of Sussex
Bramber House
East Sussex
Email: [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off International Student tuition fee


Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website. Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.Students who hold other University of Sussex scholarships will not be eligible for the Chancellors International Scholarship.Intend to remain on the programme for which the scholarship is offered.

Application Procedure

To apply for this scholarship you must first have submitted your application to study through the University of Sussex online postgraduate application system:http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/applying/When you have applied for your course, apply for the scholarship using the application form: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/studentlifecentre/funding/cisapplication
Confirmation of submission will be sent automatically following your submission. If you do not receive this, please ensure that you check your junk/deletion folder for this notification as it may be sent directly to these folders depending on your email security settings.The closing date for applications to be received is 1 May 2017 23:59:00 BST. Applications received after 1 May 2017 will not be considered.

Further Information



Geoff Lockwood Scholarship (2017) - Single Award

This scholarship, established in 1996 upon the retirement of the University's long-serving Registrar, Dr Geoff Lockwood, is intended to encourage high-calibre graduate applications for MSc programmes.The scholarship provides a £3,000 award per year towards tuition fees. Only UK applicants are eligible for consideration. There is only one scholarship each year.The scholarship is rotated between the science and technology schools, the school of Life Sciences and SPRU annually. For the 2017-18 academic year, the Geoff Lockwood Scholarship will be awarded to a student from Life Sciences.Where awards are made in relation to a fee waiver no fee award will exceed the total fee payable.Type of Award
Postgraduate mastersTimetable
Sunday 23 July 2017: Applications received after this date will be considered for an MSc place, but not for the Geoff Lockwood Scholarship. Announcement of the successful candidate will be made soon after the end of August 2017 by correspondence from the Student Funding Team.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000 tuition fee waiver


The scholarship is only available to a fully self-financing UK MSc candidate who holds an offer of a place for September 2017 admission.The main criteria for the award are proven academic excellence and personal motivation. The selectors will also take into account evidence of financial hardship.

Application Procedure

You first apply for an MSc place in Life Sciences for September 2017 admission.If you are offered an MSc place and are eligible for the award you will be considered automatically. However it would assist in the selection process if you make an additional statement in support of your scholarship application, giving the reasons why you think it should be awarded to you.Attach the statement to your application form or, if you have already applied, send the statement toWe must receive it by the deadline date of Sunday 23 July 2017 23:59 BST.

Further Information



HESPAL Scholarship (2017) - 2 Awards

The HESPAL Scholarship is a joint award offered by the British Council and the University of Sussex which is centred on building capacity in Palestinian universities by providing young Palestinian academics with an English Masters course in a subject that will benefit their home institution and hence the Palestinian Territories.The University of Sussex and the British Council are committed to providing two scholarships per year. The scholarships covers:
-Tuition Fees
-Pre-departure briefing from the British Council
-Arrival allowances
-Thesis allowances
-A monthly allowance to cover living expenses
-Travel costs to and from the UKNB: Scholarships do not cover the cost for any accompanying family.Where awards are made in relation to a fee waiver no fee award will exceed the total fee payable.Holders of the HESPAL Scholarship are unable to hold another scholarship from the University of Sussex.Type of Award
Postgraduate taughtTimetable
Deadline for Application: 1 January 2017End of March 2017: British Council informed of selection outcomeFurther Information
For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htmContact Details
For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htm

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee waiver


Be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.Be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him.Have a Bachelors or Masters degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 2.1 Bachelor's Degree from UK).Be below the age of 35 on application.Sign a written undertaking to return to Palestine within a time frame agreed, normally one year.Have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).

Application Procedure

For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htm

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics. English language requirements - Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section).

Last Updated

22 March 2017

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