About the course
Designed in close collaboration with an international team of clinicians and research specialists, this focused MSc provides an understanding of the causes and treatment of cancer from 'bench-to-bedside'. You study both theory and practice to gain the specialist knowledge and skills required to pursue an academic career in cancer research or move into the more applied fields of cancer treatment, hospital pathology or industry.
The University has an international reputation for medical research and places a strong emphasis on cancer. This MSc is taught by a team of cancer research-focused staff from the school with internal and external expert guest lectures and seminars. We enjoy close collaborative links with NHS clinicians, clinical researchers and oncology staff who also deliver aspects of the programme.
Students are immersed in an excellent research environment and infrastructure, specifically the recently completed £6 million, state-of-the-art, cancer research facility housed in the Allam Building. The University has invested in preclinical optical and radiological imaging and radiotherapy research. Students engage in research in cutting edge facilities employing these and other technologies used for the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, both on campus and within the Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital.
What you'll study
This MSc is delivered by leading academic cancer scientists, research specialists, consultant clinical and medical oncologists, diagnosticians, radiologists, nurses and cancer surgeons, through a combination of lectures, expert seminars, state-of-the-art oncology-based practicals and projects supported by 'problem classes', workshops and tutorials.
Laboratory-based work is an important part of the programme, which includes an extended 12-week oncology research project carried out in the laboratory of an internationally-recognised cancer researcher. This MSc programme is designed to provide a highly supportive environment, in which teamwork, project management and communication skills are as important as technical proficiency.
Students are provided with in-depth specialist knowledge and insight into the fundamentals of Translational Oncology, alongside research-led teaching into the practical applications of cancer research. There is a strong emphasis on scientific method and associated skills.
Cellular and Molecular Biology of Cancer
This module covers the cellular and molecular basis of cancer. Topics covered include the molecular and cellular hallmarks of cancer, basic components of carcinogenesis, as well as specialist lectures in the areas of cancer diagnosis, and molecular diagnostic imaging.
Tumour Immunology and Microenvironment
Explore the major aspects of the tumour microenvironment and tumour immunology, and how the different cell types contained therein interact and communicate. You'll also cover the impact a number of key microenvironmental features have on cancer treatment.
Treatment of Cancer
This module aims to give you an overview of how cancer is currently treated in the clinic. It will cover surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as new developments in targeted therapy, with special attention to the biology that drives tumour responses to therapy.
Organ-Specific Cancers: Bench-to-Bedside
Oncology Research Skills
Biomedical Sciences Research Project
Take part in a specifically designed research project, and put into practice what you have learned during the taught modules, the research methods module and any workshops. This module will prepare you for your next career move, by giving you relevant experience of work in the lab.
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