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?

Cancer remains a leading cause of death, but great strides are being made in our knowledge of basic cancer biology as well as potential therapies.

MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy provides specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of basic molecular, genetic and biological processes associated with cancer together with an emphasis on the advances in pathology, diagnosis and therapy. This postgraduate course will prepare you for further study to PhD level or a career in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or healthcare industries.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements for the course are:

A minimum of a lower second class honours 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

Year 1

Social, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Cancer Therapy: Addresses the social impact of cancer, diagnosis and therapy together with legal issues relating to clinical trials.

Research and Laboratory Skills: Includes development of research skills and introduction to a range of advanced laboratory techniques to allow planning of your research project.

Cancer Biology: Looks at the development of malignancy and the role of stem cells; possible triggers of cancer, molecular biology and tumour immunology.

Drug Design and Delivery: Examines the development and synthesis of new drugs and their effects; current chemotherapies; radiotherapy and surgery; drug delivery systems and strategies; photodynamic therapy; anti-angiogenic therapy. This module also examines the cancer genome and the development of gene therapy.

Research Project: Housed in the dedicated postgraduate biomedical research laboratories.

The course is offered on a one year full time basis, taught over three terms. It includes six taught modules in the first two terms in which all lecture material will be provided on our VLE to enable access.

A research project occupies the whole of the third term in order to allow you to conduct a detailed investigation into a particular aspect of cancer biology or therapy of your choice.

The course also includes guest lecturers from Royal Preston Hospital, including: Consultant Neurosurgeons; Consultant Immunologists; Consultant Oncologists and Consultant Neuropathologists, who will give lectures on their personal experiences and their work within the NHS.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Based with the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, postgraduate Cancer Biology and Therapy possesses a state-of-the–art research facility in which current research programmes relevant to the field of cancer are established.  In addition, staff have close links with clinical specialists in cancer who will be contributing to the course.

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).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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


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 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Professional Accreditation

UCLan is a founder member of Brain Tumour North West, (BTNW), the largest co-ordinated research group working on brain tumour in the UK.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Teaching on the course comprises a diverse range of methods and styles including lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer-based learning, case studies and laboratory practicals. As well as the traditional methods of teaching, e-learning (based around a virtual learning environment) and problem-based learning techniques will be used.

Assessments are by a combination of examinations, essays, data handling and interpretation, log-books, practical reports, project reports, poster and oral presentations allowing a full range of skills to be developed. 

National Student Survey 2015

Students who completed the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry related courses at UCLan were very satisfied with their experience, 100% of students thought that the course is intellectually stimulating, whilst 97% of students said staff are good at explaining things.


Biological Sciences Laboratories - Teaching

We have a human patient simulator called IStan which is a breathing, talking, advanced mannequin used to teach undergraduate students and like most of our equipment is of a professional industry standard.