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Course overview

  • Develop the skills and knowledge needed for a career in cancer research and/or cancer therapy involving ionising radiation.
  • Learn from academics and clinical scientists in a range of fields, including biology, engineering, physics and oncology.
  • Access MR-Linac and proton therapy research facilities at The Christie to undertake unique research projects unavailable anywhere else in the UK and most of Europe.
  • Study at a university ranked 8th in the UK for life sciences and medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £10,000 
  • International students (per annum): £23,000
  • MSc (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 £4,000; Year 2 £4,000; Year 3 £2,000
  • PGDip (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £8,000 
  • International students (per annum): £18,400
  • PGCert (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,000 
  • International students (per annum): £9,200

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2018 or are graduating in 2019;
  • hold a first class honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing)

See further information about requirements for your country .

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week pre-sessional course (PS6)
  • Minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must have the following supporting documents:

  • official degree certificates (with translations if not in English);
  • official academic transcripts of previous study showing the subjects taken and grades obtained (with translations if not in English);
  • one academic/professional reference on letter headed paper, signed and dated. Unfortunately, we cannot request references from your referees on your behalf;
  • proof of English Language certification (if appropriate);
  • a scanned copy of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form or, if this is not possible, they can be sent directly to   .

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 16 September 2019, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 16 June 2019.

Aims

This course aims to help you develop:

  • a sound scientific knowledge of cancer biology and radiotherapy physics;
  • the confidence to apply the scientific principles of radiotherapy to practical situations;
  • the multidisciplinary skills required for world-leading cancer research and treatment delivery;
  • a knowledge of cancer biology that can form a basis for research into existing and future treatment modalities.

Teaching and learning

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.

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.

Coursework and assessment

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.

Facilities

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.

CPD opportunities

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.

Career opportunities

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.


Visit the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Cancer Biology and Radiotherapy Physics page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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