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