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MSc in Cancer Cell Biology

Course Description

This course equips you with a detailed understanding of the molecular basis and cell biology of cancer, including rational targeted therapeutic design and its application. The MSc also provides a comprehensive programme of training in the practical and experimental skills required for a research career in cancer
cell biology in academic, industrial and clinical settings. Experimental skills training involves prescribed formal taught practical sessions and a research project within a selected laboratory in the School of Life Sciences.

The course is taught by research scientists within the School of Life Sciences, including those working on DNA repair, genome instability and cell cycle function in the internationally renowned Genome Damage and Stability Centre at the forefront of cancer research and rational cancer therapy design.

Our teaching equips you with background knowledge, practical analytical and experimental experience, and presentational skills in cancer research, including laboratory-based and selftaught components covering bioinformatics and experimental theory.


The main assessments are a research proposal design task, a dissertation based on that research project and the oral presentation of this work. Other assessments include laboratory reports, unseen examinations, and problem sets.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you take Advanced Methods in Molecular Research (lecture based) • Cancer Biology (lecture based and continued in the spring term) • Practical Techniques in Cancer Cell Biology.

Spring term: you take Cancer Biology (lecture based) • Genome Stability, Genetic Diseases and Cancer (lecture based with some group seminars) • Genomics and Bioinformatics • Protein Form and Function • Topics in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology (weekly seminars and student-led presentations). You also produce your research project proposal, based on the bespoke projects offered by faculty, and begin laboratory work on your MSc research project.

Summer term: you continue laboratory-based work on your MSc research project embedded in one of the research laboratories within the School of Life Sciences, before drafting your dissertation and presenting your findings to the research faculty within the School.

Career Paths

This MSc provides you with a range of transferable skills, knowledge and opportunities to pursue a high-level career in industry or research. Our graduates have the choice of careers in the publishing, charity, health and pharmaceutical industries, or can continue their studies as doctoral students.

To find out more, visit Careers and alumni - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/careersandalumni

Visit the MSc in Cancer Cell Biology page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics

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