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MSc Oncology

Course Description


Despite the fact that we have improved methods of detection and many novel therapies, cancer is still a major killer worldwide. This programme will aim both to inform and equip the practitioner with the necessary skills to function in a modern clinical environment specialising in caring for the cancer patient, and will be relevant both to day-to-day NHS hospital practice and general practice.

Why study with us?

You will receive training in the skills required in the reading and interpretation of the literature and translating that into evidence-based practice.

The course culminates in the Research Dissertation, which will be assessed through your production of two publishable scientific articles.

The content of the course is mapped to The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board Speciality Training Curriculum for Medical Oncology.

If biomedical or clinical research is your interest, successful completion of the MSc will allow you to directly register onto PhD study and join our team of researchers at the Institute of Medicine.

The learning experience

We will discuss mechanistic models of tumour formation and how knowledge of the cell biology can inform the treatment of a cancer. Blood-borne hormones and cytokines can be used as biomarkers of cancer and we will examine the problems associated with some of these measurements. You will evaluate new developments in research into oncology, and carry out a research project.

Seminars and tutorials will be held with various healthcare professionals and clinical researchers. You will also attend cancer clinics in one of our partner hospital trusts.

Visit the MSc Oncology page on the University of Chester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold an appropriate first degree with a minimum of 2:2 honours (e.g. in Medicine, Biomedical Science, Dietetics, Human Biology) or hold appropriate professional qualifications and be able to demonstrate suitable background knowledge and skills.Applications are invited from:• junior doctors• NHS staff• international students with appropriate qualifications• international doctors or healthcare professionals• those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Biomedical Science, Dietetics) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

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