The use of chemotherapeutic agents to target and kill cancer cells is a central strategy in the treatment of cancers. This course describes the nature of the disease at the systems, cellular and molecular levels, and focuses on the drugs which are used to treat different cancers and on how they work.
About this course
Worldwide the incidence of cancer is increasing, and is expected to reach 22 million new cases per year by 2030. In addition to treatments such as radiotherapy and surgery, chemotherapy has a vital role to play in prolonging the lives of patients.
The aims of this course are to:
• provide you with an in-depth understanding of the molecular targets at which the different classes of anticancer drugs are aimed, and of how drug therapies are evolving;
• review the biology of cancer with respect to genetics, pathological considerations, and the molecular changes within cells which are associated with the progression of the disease;
• enhance intellectual and practical skills necessary for the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of scientific data;
deliver a programme of advanced study to equip you for a future career in anti-cancer drug development.
Assessment is a combination of coursework, which includes tests and essays, the research project and its oral defence and examination.
The MSc is a one year, full-time course involving 30 weeks of taught modules divided into two 15-week semesters. The part-time mode follows a similar pattern over two years. You take five core modules, one optional module plus a research project.
• Molecular Oncology
• Cancer Pharmacology
• Cancer: Diagnosis & Treatment
• Molecular Genetics
• Scientific Frameworks for Research
• Research Project
• Drug Discovery Technology
• Advanced Drug Formulation Technologies
• Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling
After the course
This course is primarily designed for those wishing to pursue a career in anti-cancer drug development, whether in academia or within the pharmaceutical industry. The programme provides an excellent basis for further research or study.
When and how to apply
You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course. Use the apply button on the London Met website to begin your application: http://ldnmet.ac/MFnI302EUcY
Why London Met?
At London Metropolitan University
, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.
The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.
Support from London Met
If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/
The normal academic standard for entry is a Lower Second (2.2) UK first degree in an appropriate subject, for example pharmacology, biomedical science, biological science or medical genetics. These will be considered on an individual basis. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be accepted. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.