Cancer Biology and Therapy  MSc

Cancer Biology and Therapy MSc

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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    Full-time: One year

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Why study this programme?

MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy at UCLan provides specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of basic molecular, genetic and biological processes associated with cancer; with an emphasis on the advances in pathology, diagnosis and therapy.

This course is taught by researchers who have published extensively in the field of cancer biology and who have close research links with Brain Tumour North West and the Royal Preston Hospital.

Research themes include: analysis of phytochemicals for cancer treatment; development and characterization of novel drug delivery systems; potential of aspirin analogues in the treatment of glioma; use of aptamers as diagnostic and therapeutic agents for brain tumours; and synthesis of bioactive molecules with anticancer properties.

This postgraduate course will prepare you for further study to PhD level or a career in the biotechnology or healthcare industries.

On successful completion of the taught modules in semesters 1, you have the opportunity to transfer to the MRes programme.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements for the course are:

2:2 degree from a UK university or its equivalent in a biological discipline, for example Biochemistry, Physiology, Biomedical Science.

A qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent to the above.

Other Accepted English Language Qualifications:

  • IELTS at 6.5
  • TOEFL at 600 (paper) and 250 (CBE) with a TWE of 4

Those applicants seeking entry with appropriate experiences will be required to demonstrate the suitability of this experience both on application and at interview.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • BL4012   Introduction to Cancer and its Management
  • BL4013   Research Methods
  • BL4014   Research Proposal

Semester 2

  • BL4015   Cancer Therapies

Semester 3

  • BL4017   MSc Research Project

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 7 March 2018

Further Information


The school is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment based in our Biomedical Research Facility and the Biological Sciences Laboratories (Teaching), that will enhance your research experience.

The course is offered on a one-year full time basis, taught over three terms. All lecture and support material will be provided on our virtual learning environment (VLE) to enable access.

The course aims to extend your knowledge and understanding of the biology of cancer, advances in prognosis, diagnosis and treatment, and to give you an appreciation of pertinent legislative and ethical issues. In addition, the course has been designed to meet requirements of potential employers providing opportunities for you to develop a skill base that is not solely focussed on academic ability by incorporating elements of assessed work which facilitate personal development in the following areas: communication, IT, numeracy; interpersonal/teamwork, self-management and professional development.

You will also be given the opportunity to discuss cancer diagnosis, treatment and general care within the NHS via sessions with COMENSUS (Community Engagement and Service User Support).  This provides an avenue for students to realise the real-world applications of cancer research, giving them a better understanding of the practice behind the theory.

Modules and module Leaders

BL4012   Introduction to Cancer and its Management           Dr Pete Abel

BL4013   Research Methods                                                  Dr Philip Welsby

BL4014   Research Proposal                                                  Dr Lisa Shaw

BL4015   Cancer Therapies                                                    Dr Izabela Stasik

BL4017   MSc Research Project                                             Dr Gail Welsby


Student Testimonials

Current Students 2016-2017

“Although the course is challenging, all the staff are very supportive, and I’m glad I chose this course as I feel it has allowed me to get the skills I need for my career. I would advise anyone willing to work hard to study at UCLan- it is very rewarding!”

‘’My aspiration is to pursue a PhD, and the MSc in Cancer Biology and Therapy is giving me the necessary laboratory skills and knowledge to achieve this. The lecturers are friendly, very knowledgeable with a great deal of experience both in research and in the industry, they have been very supportive and have given me guidance in order to achieve my goals’’

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £6,500 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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You will have the opportunity to attend the annual Brain Tumour North West meeting, held in Preston in December each year.

Graduate careers

Graduates of the MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy course have gone on to PhD research; working in industry; and further postgraduate study.

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