Full-time: One year
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.
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:
Those applicants seeking entry with appropriate experiences will be required to demonstrate the suitability of this experience both on application and at interview.
Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 7 March 2018
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.
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
“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’’
You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.
You will have the opportunity to attend the annual Brain Tumour North West meeting, held in Preston in December each year.
Graduates of the MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy course have gone on to PhD research; working in industry; and further postgraduate study.