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. 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. This will be underpinned by a thorough knowledge of research methodologies and laboratory techniques.

This programme will: give you a thorough grounding in the principles underlying cancer treatment; introduce you to the regulatory framework underlying clinical research; show you the steps involved in developing and implementing new treatments and how to apply this knowledge in your professional role; encourage you to contribute to the research activity and knowledge base in improving cancer care.

Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life. Assessment will be based on written assignments, posters and oral presentations, multiple choice (MCQ) and short-answer question (SAQ) examinations.

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: The programme is open to clinicians, graduate scientists, nurses, and other medical professionals working in a clinical, industrial or academic research environment. Entry to the programme requires a Bachelor?s degree in a relevant subject from a recognised institution with 2:1 or better or an appropriate professional qualification. Applicants with a 2:2 and strong supporting evidence will also be considered.
  • 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