MSc/PGDip Clinical Oncology

For health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology, this full-time programme is particularly suitable for medical professionals with an interest in clinical, medical, surgical and translational oncology. Unique to this programme is the exciting opportunity to gain clinical observership status and log your hours observing in a UK based hospital.

We also offer a part-time version of this programme.

Aiming to allow you to understand the research process, this programme draws on examples from within this renowned research Institute 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, in addition to assembling and learning facts you will also be encouraged to 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 30 credits of optional modules, or a Masters on successful completion of the taught programme and an independently researched dissertation.

Why study this course?

Birmingham is a major centre for cancer treatment, both adult and paediatric. It is also home to the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre, part of the 100,000 genomes project, led from University Hospital Birmingham and has a CRUK Cancer Centre which was re-established at the University of Birmingham in 2017.

The aim of this programme is to give you a scientific understanding of the cellular basis of cancer. We then discuss how understanding the molecular pathology of the disease can help in stratifying patients to personalised cancer therapeutic approaches and disease management.

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 Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences 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

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area.

Students can also exit with PGDip award.

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  • Cellular and Molecular Basis of Cancer (20 credits)
  • Research Methods and Statistics (10 credits)
  • Molecular Pathology in Stratified Cancer Medicine (20 credits)
  • Cancer Therapy (20 credits)
  • Perioperative management of oncology patients undergoing surgery (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Haemato-oncology (10 credits)
  • Paediatric Oncology (20 credits)
  • Radiation Physics (20 credits)
  • Radiation Biology (10 credits)
  • Palliative Care and Cancer Patients (20 credits)
  • £26,980 Per Year

    International student tuition fee

    1 Year


    Sep 2024

    Start Month

    Aug 2024

    Application Deadline

    Upcoming Intakes

    • September 2024

    Mode of Study

    • Full Time