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  MSc in Radiobiology


University of Oxford    Department of Oncology

Full time October MSc 1 year Award winner
Biological Sciences (4) Medicine (26) Physics (29)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the prestigious MSc in Radiobiology at the University of Oxford. Delve into the intricate world of radiobiology through a comprehensive one-year, full-time course led by renowned academics and clinical scientists from the Department of Oncology. Unveil the fusion of molecular and cellular radiobiology principles with clinical applications, equipping you with a solid foundation for diverse career paths, be it research, medical practice, or industry roles. Explore a dynamic curriculum comprising eight modules, ranging from the Physics of Radiation Interactions to Tumour Immuno-Microenvironment and Radiation Response, culminating in a dissertation project. Gain insights into cutting-edge topics such as Hazards of Radiation and Combination Therapies, enhancing your understanding of the field's complexities. To qualify, aspiring students are expected to hold a first-class or upper second-class honours degree in biological or medical sciences. Elevate your expertise in radiobiology and unlock endless possibilities with this exceptional programme at the forefront of scientific innovation.

About the course

The MSc in Radiobiology is a one-year, full-time course run by the Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford, delivered by world-leading academics and clinical scientists.

The main aim of this course is to combine the principles of radiobiology at molecular and cellular level with their clinical applications, providing a thorough grounding in radiobiology for MSc students, who may go on to a research degree, to complete a medical degree, or into an industry role or allied profession.

Course Structure

The MSc in Radiobiology consists of eight taught modules followed by a dissertation project.

The modules are:

Module 1: Physics of Radiation

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Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours, (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum in a biological or medical sciences subject.


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Student Profile

Katja Worth

Radiation oncology is a highly appealing field at the interface of biology, physics, and medicine with the potential to optimise treatment for patients. As a student in the first cohort of UCL’s Cancer Biomedicine BSc, I studied a broad curriculum focusing on cancer as a disease but mainly learned about radiation from an imaging perspective. After developing a particular interest in tumour radioresistance through external reading and talks, I was motivated to improve my knowledge of the underlying mechanisms of radiation in the context of cancer treatment and develop my practical research skills.

When I was applying, I only found a small number of universities offering radiation oncology-related courses for students with a biological background (rather than physics) and so the MSc in Radiation Biology at the University of Oxford was both a logical and exciting next step for my academic journey. The 12 core modules provided me with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the fundamental aspects of radiation biology. The lectures and tutorials sessions were both engaging and interactive, and were taught by highly motivated researchers who are well-recognised and respected in the field. My personal interests developed to include tumour hypoxia, so the tumour microenvironment and molecular/cellular radiation biology modules were my personal favourites. The translational/clinical radiation biology modules were also enjoyable as I was able to learn about new developments in the clinical cancer setting. In my year, we had 3-4 days of classes per week which allowed plenty of time for extracurricular activities and socials.

As well as enhancing my current knowledge of the underlying science behind radiation oncology, the course built upon my practical research skills through practical sessions that ran alongside the taught material as well as the 5-6-month research project that concluded the year. I truly thrived in this environment, particularly the lab-based research project, and acquired a multitude of skills and techniques that will aid my future career in research. This ultimately motivated me to apply for a DPhil in Oncology, which is what I am currently undertaking in the same lab at the University of Oxford. I am immensely grateful for the teaching staff and researchers involved in the smooth running of the MSc Radiation Biology course and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in radiation oncology.

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