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Cancer and Therapeutics - Barts Cancer Institute

Course Description

This programme aims to provide you with a clear understanding of the scientific basis underlying the principles and practice of treating cancer.

This will be underpinned by a thorough knowledge of cancer biology and pathology and research methodologies.

This knowledge will provide an excellent grounding in the development, use and evaluation of cancer therapies, which will enhance career prospects in many areas of early phase clinical trials and clinical drug development in the cancer setting.

Compulsory Modules

• Ablative Therapies
• Cancer Biology
• Cancer Pharmacology
• Cancer Prevention & Screening
• Drug Development
• Molecular Diagnostic & Therapeutics
• Molecular Targeted Therapies and Immunotherapy for Blood Cancer
• Research Methods
• Site Specific Tumour Treatment

Elective Modules

• Genomic Approaches to Human Diseases
• Paediatric & Adolescent Oncology
• Pathology of Cancer

Core Module for MSc

• Dissertation.

Barts Cancer Institute is a Cancer Research UK Centre of Excellence and one of the leading cancer institutes in the country.
Based in the heart of London, our programmes are all taught by experts in the field.

Find out more about the BCI at http://www.bci.qmul.ac.uk/study-with-us

Visit the Cancer and Therapeutics - Barts Cancer Institute page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Asmah Syed

Prior to studying MSc Cancer Therapeutics I had just completed my undergraduate study in Biomedical Sciences at Queen Mary University. I decided to pursue the Cancer Therapeutics course because I had been taught by many of the academic staff from the Institute of Cancer and I enjoyed the material as well as their different teaching styles. I had always planned to study Medicine and I feel that the course has been an invaluable experience in allowing me to thrive in the demanding field of Medicine. The teaching on this course is very good and there is a good balance between clinical and academic staff and this allows you to see the benefits that people involved in the forefront of cancer research have on clinical practice.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the taught modules throughout both semesters. The highlight of the course for me has to be the lab project, where you can apply the techniques you have been taught to investigate an aim. The lab project allows you to work with a lab group and actually experience life as a research scientist. Nothing can compare to the feeling of getting your first positive results from an experiment you did yourself!

I completed the course with a distinction and I am now studying Medicine. I feel that the masters course has shaped my future because I now feel that Oncology may be the speciality for me.
I would highly recommend the MSc Cancer Therapeutics course to anyone interested in Oncology and cancer research. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on this course and I have gained much valued knowledge.

(Student Profile)

Firas Abed

The Cancer Therapeutics course offers a portal to the new world of cancer research. Through its diverse modules, the course covers cancer from different angles that may interest students from different backgrounds as it has a 'dish for every taste'. Despite the fact that it is mainly into research, prior lab experience is not an issue to progress through the course.

I did Medicine for my Bachelor Degree and I had a near zero experience in lab. This has not been a problem, however, owing to the Research Skills Module, which provides a starting point for those with no lab experience and consolidates lab skills for students that already have it. The course not only introduced me to the available cancer medicines and novel therapies, but also gave me an insight into the steps required to develop new medications and take them to clinical trials in the real world.

A powerful thing about Cancer Therapeutics course is that you get to learn from your mistakes! Marking of all course work is given with professional feedback that I found extremely helpful and allowed me, with time, to upgrade my skills in scientific writing and presentations, an important goal of the course. Contacting the tutors and the staff was very easy and you can get an answer for every question you have in very short time.

Finally, I was lucky enough to practice what I have learned in the course as I joined the Cancer Pharmacology Group here at the Institute of Cancer. I am using the same skills I acquired during the lab project to trial new cancer medicines.


Entry Requirements

Degree in a relevant subject with a minimum 2:1 or equivalent (a 2:2 will be considered with strong supporting evidence). Students for whom English is not a first language will require a minimum IELTS score of 7 or equivalent.

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