This Masters in Cancer Sciences will prepare you for a career in cancer science, whether you aim to pursue a PhD or further medical studies, or seek a career in the health services sector, in the life sciences, biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries. Our programme takes a “bench to bedside” approach, enabling graduates to work within a multidisciplinary environment of world-leading scientists and cancer-specialists to address the latest challenges in cancer diagnosis, research and treatment, including the complexities of early and effective diagnosis, identifying cancer- and patient-specific treatment, and overcoming partial response and recurrence after treatment.
• MSc: 12 months full-time
• University of Glasgow is rated in the UK top five and best in Scotland for Cancer Studies. You will be taught by a multidisciplinary team of world leading cancer scientists and clinicians within the Cancer Research UK Glasgow Centre.
• This programme is unique in the UK as it delivers integrated teaching in molecular biology, pathology and clinical service.
• We have exciting new scholarship opportunities, find out more
• The Cancer Research UK Glasgow Centre brings together scientists and clinicians from research centres, universities and hospitals around Glasgow to deliver the very best in cancer research, drug discovery and patient care. The Centre’s world leading teams have made major advances in the understanding and treatment of many cancers. For more information, please visit: http://www.wecancentre.org/
• Each week is focused around one of the new Hallmarks of Cancer, with a lecture on molecular/cellular biology followed by lecture on how this hallmark can be targeted in the clinic. Theoretical or practical training in relevant methodology is then followed by a tutorial session in which you can discuss and integrate your learning from the week. This will enable you to understand how research into the fundamental principles of cancer cell biology can translate to advances in the diagnosis, treatment and care of cancer patients.
• The aim of this programme is to train cancer researchers who can break down the barriers that currently prevent discoveries at the bench from being translated into treatments at the bedside. By understanding the science, methodology and terminology used by scientists and clinicians from different disciplines, you will learn to communicate effectively in a multidisciplinary environment, critically evaluate a wide range of scientific data and research strategies and learn how to make a significant contribution to cancer research and treatment.
• Hallmarks of Cancer
• Drug Discovery
• Drug Development and Clinical trials
• Viruses and Cancer
• Diagnostic technologies and devices
• Technology transfer and commercialisation of bioscience research
• Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health
• Frontiers in Cancer Sciences
• Omic technologies for the biomedical sciences: from genomics to metabolomics
• Designing a research project: biomedical research methodology
• Bioscience Research Project
Note: students must have a minimum of grade C in semesters 1 and 2 in order to proceed to the research project.
We will lead you through the molecular and cellular hallmarks of cancer biology and metastasis formation, including genetic instability, cancer growth and invasion, tumour-stroma interactions, immune response to cancer, cancer metabolism, and cancer stem cells, and explain how this knowledge is being used in our fight against cancer in our clinics by providing a personalised cancer treatment. The programme will allow you to specialize either on the molecular aspects of cancer science, including genome wide data analysis for the characterization and classification of cancers, or learn about cutting edge translational cancer research, and introduce you to drug discovery pipelines and clinical trials.
You will experience how to plan and write a project proposal and report, and how to research, evaluate, and critically discuss scientific data and present these to a wider audience. A 14-week long research project will finally allow you to gain in-depth knowledge in a cancer-related area of your interest. This programme will therefore give you an excellent foundation for your future career in cancer science.
The knowledge and transferable skills developed in this programme will be suitable for those contemplating a PhD or further medical studies; those wishing to work in the health services sector; and those interested in working in the life sciences, biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries, including contract research organisations (CROs). This programme is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in the life sciences, scientists working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and clinicians and other healthcare professionals.