Faculty of Health Sciences

MSc in Translational Oncology

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

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.

Core modules

  • 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.

Optional modules

  • Clinical Statistics/Ethics in Oncology

  • Cancer and Modifiable Risks

Our teaching staff

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,275

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

The fees shown for Home/EU are for 2018/19 entry. The fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

  • International:  £16,600

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

“I chose Hull because it is one of the few UK universities offering the study of translational oncology suitable for both scientists and clinicians"

Saleem Mohammed, MSc Translational Oncology

Hull is home to some of the UK's finest facilities including a £10m centre for cancer and metabolic research.

Find out more

Programmes designed in collaboration with NHS professionals to guarantee real-world relevance.

Accredited degrees approved as meeting industry standards by expert academics and professionals.

Excellent links with local biotechnology companies, research units and hospitals.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in a biological  or biomedical science or other relevant subjects. Applicants with non-standard qualifications may apply, as appropriate experience will be taken into account during the selection process.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

Graduates of the MSc will be highly attractive candidates for competitive PhD programmes with a basis in oncology.

The programme provides a platform for developing transferable skills that are appropriate for employment within industry, basic science laboratories, clinical laboratories, and education and research.

You also learn transferable skills, highly valued by employers in many fields, including team work, critical analysis, IT skills, time management, presentation skills, problem solving, project management and discipline.