Cancer Biology

2 Years
September 2024
In Person

If you wish to follow this route you must initially apply for MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy and successfully complete the first semester modules. This course will provide you with an in depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the biological processes associated with cancer and the development of new therapies.

Why study with us

  • On this course you’ll extend your knowledge and understanding of the biology of cancer, advances in prognosis, diagnosis and treatment, and give you an appreciation of pertinent legislative and ethical issues.
  • 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.
  • You will be taught by internationally-recognised research-active scientists, who are experts in a range of cancer disciplines.
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Student in our laboratory facilities
Student in our laboratory facilities

What you'll do

  • As well as core lectures, you’ll be invited to attend the Postgraduate School Research Seminar Series and Research Theme days featuring both internal and visiting speakers.
  • You’ll be given the opportunity to attend the annual Brain Tumour North West meeting, held in Preston in December each year.
  • You’ll develop a range of laboratory and transferable skills sought-after by pharmaceutical and biomedical industries or required for a future career in academia or research.


Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

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Dr Peter Abel
Senior Lecturer
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Pete completed his first degree at Leeds University which was a BSc (Hons) in Genetics in 1990. He then worked as a Biomedical Scientist for several North West NHS trusts and completed a Masters qualification in 1993 at Manchester Metropolitan University. This was a Fellowship in…

Dr Anthony Ashton
Senior Lecturer
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Tony is the course leader for the BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology. He contributes to both UG and PG teaching in the fields of cell biology, biochemistry, pharmacology and neurobiology. He also is an active researcher who is an expert in the field of molecular neurobiology. His…

Future careers

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

Fees and funding

Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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