This distance learning programme aims to provide students with a clear understanding of the molecular and cellular biology fundamental to cancer biology and cancer research.

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.

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.

Why study your MSc in Cancer Therapeutics at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) is recognised as a Cancer Research-UK Centre of Excellence. The Institute was ranked third in the 2008 Research Review based on the number of international and world-leading cancer researchers.

  • This course is available via distance learning as well as classroom teaching
  • You will be taught by leading experts in the field
  • 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

Study Details:

MSc 1 year Distance learning 2 years Part time Distance Learning

Module Details:

Compulsory modules

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cancer Pharmacology
  • Pathology of Cancer
  • Biological Therapies
  • Drug Development
  • Genomic Approaches to Human Diseases
  • Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Research Methods
  • Research Lab Skills
  • Laboratory Project.

Option modules

  • Cancer Prevention and Screening
  • Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology

Programme Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.


Home and EU students 2018/19 Academic Year Full time DL £8,900 Part time DL £4,500 International students 2018/19 Academic Year Full time DL £21,850 Part time DL £10,950

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to graduate scientists, clinicians and other medical professionals working in healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry or contract research organisations.

Applicants should have a minimum 2:1 degree in relevant subject (eg, 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.

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