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Cancer Pharmacology (MSc)

Course Description


This is an exciting time to be involved in cancer therapeutics. The sequencing of the human genome has enormously expanded our awareness and understanding of how cancer cells gain autonomy and immortality by subverting the function of normal cell receptors and pathways. This has revolutionised the way in which anti-cancer therapies are viewed hence the underlying pharmacology of new cancer drugs. In both the laboratory and the clinic, cancer pharmacology has had to adapt to this changing face of drug development by establishing new experimental and target-orientated models.

This course in Cancer Pharmacology will provide an expert view of the available cancer medicines and development of new cancer therapies. It will meet the demands of employers and students at taught postgraduate level. The course uses a range of teaching strategies to promote independent study and research to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the molecular basis of cancer and cancer drug actions and fate. The course will benefit from the multidisciplinary team of researchers in the field of anti-cancer drug design, synthesis, screening and pharmacology both at Bradford and through our extensive links with experts at other universities and industry.


The Institute is housed in a new purpose-built building at the heart of the University's main campus. Students will benefit from excellent research laboratories in a research-focused environment.


You will study the following topics as part of the course:
-Critical Appraisal of a Current Topic in Cancer Biology
-Molecular Basis of Cancer and Cancer Therapy
-Preclinical Models for Drug Evaluation
-Research and Analytical Methods
-Cancer Pharmacology
-Critical Appraisal of a Current Topic in in Cancer Biology
-Experimental Design
-Research Project in Cancer Pharmacology


Graduates have progressed into roles in clinical trials, pharmaceutical industry and PhD research.

For enquiries please state:

Subject of bachelor degree
Year of entry e.g. September 2016

Visit the Cancer Pharmacology (MSc) page on the University of Bradford website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Shruti Iyer

2937.jpg I looked at many universities online but the thing that attracted me to the University of Bradford was my subject. The MSc in Cancer Pharmacology was unique.

On my course I learned a lot about pharmacology, which wasn’t my area before as I did my Bachelor’s degree in genetic engineering. The project I did for my Master’s was wonderful and very interesting. My course was very hands on and met industry requirements.
It gave me the skills I needed for certain jobs. I was also taught research training methods and how to write a thesis - something
I will never forget.

My teachers all had doctorates - every one of them was a researcher. They were all highly experienced and very knowledgeable. I felt blessed to have lived in that atmosphere surrounded by this knowledge.

The facilities were everything my research required - the building from the outside looked like any other office building but inside it
was full of labs and people in lab coats and equipment.

I want to become a cancer researcher ultimately - I’ve wanted to do that since I was 13. I saw people around me suffering and dying in India and I wanted to help.


Country Specific Scholarships 2016 - 20+ Awards

All students from one of the World Bank countries will be entitled to a £2,000 fee scholarships as a fee reduction for meeting or exceeding the entry criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Self-funding international students (not EU) who are nationals of countries that are defined by the World Bank as having low-income or low to middle income economies.

Application Procedure

These are automatically processed by us and no separate application is required.

Further Information



International Academic Excellence Scholarships 2016 - 20+ Awards

Although you may apply for more than one scholarship, you can only receive one scholarship from the University. The exception is that you can still receive the 15% Alumni discount and this scholarship. Students must be paying their own fees. Students in receipt of external funding e.g. chevening scholarships are not entitled to this award.Country equivalent of 2:1 at degree-level will result in a £2,500 fee scholarship
Country equivalent of first-class Honours at degree-level will result in a £3,500 fee scholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £3,500


Students from all other countries excluding EU countries and China will be automatically assessed for academic-related fee scholarships worth £2,500 or £3,500, based on your entry qualifications.Students entitled to the £3,500 fee scholarship can apply for one of our Half-Fee Academic Excellence Scholarships (see below).

Application Procedure

These scholarships are automatically processed by the University and no separate application is required. The amount of scholarship that you are entitled to will be shown on your offer letter.

Further Information



Academic Excellence Scholarships Home/EU Students 2016 - 10 Awards

Available for all full-time taught MSc and MA courses at the University of Bradford.The scholarship is given as a fee reduction. The award is valid for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Self-funding students paying Home/EU feesStudents must achieve at least a first-class Honours in their undergraduate studies, or the European equivalent.

Application Procedure

Please contact [email protected]

Further Information



Postgraduate Bursary 2016 - 20+ Awards

ELIGIBILITYIn order to apply for this bursary you must:Be from the UK or EU (if you are from the EU you must have done your degree in England to qualify).
Be on a full-time taught masters or research postgraduate programme and paying your own fees.
Have recently graduated from your undergraduate degree programme.
Have received support (i.e. fee payment, not a loan) towards your fees from your Local Authority or the Student Loans Company in your final year of undergraduate study at your previous university – and be able to prove this with a financial support notification letter. You will also be eligible if you received a bursary during your undergraduate study.
Bursaries will be paid in March provided that you are still in attendance and progressing satisfactorily on your course.

Value of Scholarship(s)



See full details below

Application Procedure

After you have started your course, come to The Hub with your last financial support notification letter, or bursary letter, from your undergraduate study - you will be required to fill in a short application form. In each academic year you need to apply for your PG Bursary by 31 July.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

first degree in a science subject at honours level or equivalent with 2:2 or above. Candidates with non-standard qualifications are also welcome to apply.

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