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  • London, All EnglandLondon, All England


The Cancer MSc reflects the depth and breadth of research interests, from basic science to translational medicine, within the UCL Cancer Institute. The programme, taught by research scientists and academic clinicians, provides students with an in-depth look at the biology behind the disease processes which lead to cancer.

UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences

UCL is acknowledged as a world leader, and you’ll benefit from our excellence in teaching and research, outstanding facilities, and the superior career prospects for our students. We were named University of the Year 2024 (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide). We carry out pioneering studies into cancer, COVID-19, surgery and genetics - our research directly benefits patients. With the expertise from within the faculty and across UCL, we work to solve the toughest healthcare challenges.

About this degree

  • This pioneering programme offers a foundation in understanding cancer as a disease process and its associated therapies.
  • You will learn about the approaches taken to predict, detect, monitor, and treat cancer, alongside the cutting-edge research methods and techniques used to advance our understanding of this disease and design better treatment strategies.
  • You will experience being fully immersed within a research-intensive environment by completing a 3.5-month research project, where you will learn invaluable research skills. The modules on the programme align with the research strengths of the UCL Cancer Institute, with a continued focus on innovations in translational cancer medicine.
  • You will emerge with the skills to pursue further a career within cancer research or within an industrial or healthcare setting.

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Who is this course for

The programme is designed for those with qualifications in life sciences, scientists, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals including individuals from the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The knowledge and transferable skills developed are suitable for those in an industrial or healthcare setting, and for students contemplating further PhD or medical studies.


You will develop skills including how to critically evaluate scientific literature, experimental planning and design, interpretation of data and results, presentation/public speaking skills, time management, working with a team, working independently, and writing for various audiences. These knowledge and skills will be suitable for anyone contemplating a PhD or medical studies in cancer or for those interested in careers in an industrial or healthcare setting.

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