Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

This programme aims to provide students with a clear understanding of the molecular and cellular biology fundamental to cancer biology and cancer research. This will be underpinned by a thorough knowledge of research methodologies and laboratory techniques. The laboratory based research project is an integral component of the course, which will provide students with valuable experience of the research process, including preparation of a thesis, thus forming a solid foundation upon which a future career in scientific research can be built. This course is available via distance learning as well as classroom teaching. Online, students will learn how research in this area has advanced the treatment and diagnoses of cancer, and gain knowledge of how new therapies are developed, evaluated and implemented.

Through the University?s online learning portal, QMPlus, you will have access to video and audio recordings of all onsite lectures, as well as video tutorials for any lab based elements of the course. All written assignments will be submitted through the portal, while poster and oral presentations will be assessed via Skype. Exams can be sat onsite at QMUL or you can arrange to sit these at a suitable venue more local to you. You are encouraged to interact with teaching staff and other students in online discussion forums, join group activities and be part of the Institute?s student community.

This programme provides comprehensive training in research skills, coupled with access to first class research laboratories in one of the UK?s leading cancer research institutes. Study and contribute to the latest developments in curing cancer, such as novel drugs and gene therapy. You will have the opportunity to undertake a three-month project placement within one of the Institute?s 6 research groups. You will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, one?to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Distance Learning
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £6,650 Home Fees
1 year
Distance Learning
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £6,650 European Fees
1 year
Distance Learning
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £15,100 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have a minimum 2:1 degree in relevant subject (e.g, biology/chemistry/pharmacology/medicine), or degree equivalent qualification, from a recognised academic institution or an appropriate professional qualification or experience. A 2:2 degree will be considered with strong supporting evidence. The programme is open to graduate scientists, clinicians and other medical professionals working in healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry or contract research organisations.
  • International entry requirements: The minimum English Language Requirements for entry to Taught Postgraduate degree programmes within the Barts Cancer Institute are: IELTS: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking; PTE Academic: 68 overall including 62 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • IELTS score: 7