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The Cancer MSc reflects the depth and breadth of research interests, from basic science to translational medicine, within the UCL Cancer Institute. The programme, taught by research scientists and academic clinicians, provides students with an in-depth look at the biology behind the disease processes which lead to cancer.

About this degree

This programme offers a foundation in understanding cancer as a disease process and its associated therapies. Students learn about the approaches taken to predict, detect, monitor and treat cancer, alongside the cutting-edge research methods and techniques used to advance our understanding of this disease and design better treatment strategies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits each) providing a foundation in cancer biology and cancer therapeutics, 60 credits of specialist modules and a 60 credit research project.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 12 weeks) is offered.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Cancer. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Cancer. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Cancer.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of Europe's largest and most productive centres of biomedical science, with an international reputation for leading basic, translational and clinical cancer research.

The UCL Cancer Institute brings together scientists from various disciplines to synergise multidisciplinary research into cancer, whose particular areas of expertise include: the molecular pathology of cancer, signalling pathways in cancer, epigenetic changes in cancer, bioinformatic analysis of cancer genomics and tumour heterogeneity, targeted drug design and antibody-directed therapeis, stem cell therapy and cancer immunotherapy, early phase clinical trials, and national and international clinical trials in solid tumours and blood cancers.

Teaching and learning

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of cancer through lectures, self-study, database mining, laboratory based practicals, clinical trial evaluations, research training, assigned reading and self-learning. Each taught module is assessed by an unseen written examination, presentaion and/or coursework. The research project is assessed by the dissertation and oral presentation.

The MSc Cancer programme is a full-time degree course, and teaching may be scheduled throughout the working week. During the core and specialist modules, a typical week might involve around 15 hours of lectures and tutorials over three working days, however this will vary between weeks and between different modules. The remainder of the time is intended for students to undertake independent study. During the research project, students will typically attend their research group full-time.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study this programme at graduate level
  • why you want to study this programme at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Careers

The knowledge and skills developed will be suitable for those contemplating a PhD or medical studies in cancer, as well as those individuals interested in a career in an industrial or healthcare setting.

Employability:

Skills include critical evaluation of scientific literature, experimental planning and design interpretation of data and results, presentation/public speaking skills, time management, working with a team, working independently and writing for various audiences.


Visit the Cancer MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert page on the University College London website for more details!

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