The aim of this programme is to give you a scientific understanding of the cellular and molecular biology of cancer, its epidemiology and pathology, and to place this in a clinical context. We will then address how this knowledge effects therapeutic approaches, and disease management.
Aiming to allow you to understand the research process, this programme draws on examples within the department and its associated clinical trials unit. A key part of the Masters programme is the planning, execution and reporting of a piece of independent study leading to submission of a dissertation.
At all levels we aim to encourage interactive rather than didactic learning and lecturing. Therefore, as well as assembling and learning facts you will also consider some of the philosophical challenges which underlie the treatment of cancer.
You can opt for a Postgraduate Diploma on completion of the core modules and 40 credits of optional modules, or a Masters on successful completion of the taught programme and an independently researched dissertation.
Andrew Gillian, Lead Pharmacist for Oncology & Haematology, Whipps Cross University Hospital "Can I just express my thanks to the MSc Course organisers. The Translational Research module was a further example of a very well organised week with exceptionally high calibre speakers. Throughout the whole of the MSc I have felt privileged to be able to hear the views of clinicians and others who are working at the leading edge of their specific fields. The course also benefits from its setting within the CRUK unit as you are able to draw upon an impressive range of multi-disciplinary expertise from within the research unit, West Midlands Hospitals and beyond giving an immediacy and relevance to individuals intending to deepen their involvement in clinical research."
Why study this course
offers a unique opportunity to undertake a clinical observership in a West Midlands hospital
is run at the Birmingham Cancer Research UK Centre
draws on expertise from staff within the School and clinical staff from Birmingham Hospitals plus invited speakers from across the country
will provide overseas full time students with a unique opportunity to gain clinical observership status and log your hours observing in a UK based hospital
can contribute towards career development and open up further career progression opportunities
can be tailored to suit your own interests by selecting your own choice of modules
has part-time or full-time versions available
is taught in week long blocks of study
meets the training requirements of the FRCR part I exams
will increase your personal knowledge of the practices and principles of clinical oncology
will give you the ability to improve the standards of clinical oncology practiced at your institute or place of work
The content of the course is broadly divided into two components: the taught modules and the independent research project (dissertation).
Each taught module comprises 30-60 hours of taught classroom based learning, self directed learning and an assignment.
You are expected to spend approximately 60 hours of self-directed study doing preparatory and follow-up reading, and completing coursework for each module. Woven throughout the programme will be instruction in Research Methods. This is not an accredited module but you must demonstrate a satisfactory standard of understanding for you to be allowed to enter the dissertation phase of the programme.
Module timetable 2014-15
Optional Modules - select 40 credits
Fees and funding
2015/16 course fees
MSc - £20600/PGDip - £4140 plus living expenses or accommodation and travel costs.
(Please note that the MSc fee includes the clinical observership, but the PGDip does not, hence the difference in fee levels).
Non UK/EU students
MSc - £20600/PGDip - £17960 - plus living expenses or accommodation and travel costs.
If you are a non-UK/EU student working in a UK/EU hospital you may be eligible for the part-time programme at £8980 per year for two years.
Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit
Learn more about fees and funding
The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding Home/EU and International students on our postgraduate taught programmes.
For 2015 entry the Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme offers 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students
For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.
For other funding queries contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.
As this programme is focused around professional practice It is essential that you have at least six months experience working in an oncology environment. This may include experience in medicine, surgery, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry, nursing, radiography, clinical trials, and other related disciplines.
You will also need an undergraduate degree in a suitable subject. This could include, but is not restricted to, the following fields: medicine, radiography, pharmacy, or relevant and equivalent experience/professional qualifications.
The University accepts Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). For further details see www.admissions.bham.ac.uk/apl.
Learn more about entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
If you need help with your English language skills then support is available.
The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.
Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.
How to apply
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages