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What our MSc Oncology students say

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Preyanka Nath
2018 graduate (Bangladesh)
"Being a cancer researcher was my ultimate career goal and the University of Nottingham was the door that opened the horizon of cancer research for me. I choose Nottingham for its reputation in cancer research and now I can proudly say it was one of the best decisions in my life. The structure of the course can bring out the best of a student. The course work enriches the knowledge of a student and the opportunity to work in a research project for six months gives the option to hone the practical skill.  The courseworks which cover from basic to translational aspects are designed such a way what ignites the scientific thinking of a student. At the same time the research project encourages them, not only to carry out lab experiments but also to analyze the results with clear precision and insight. I enjoyed every bit of my academic year even though at the starting, it was little tough for me due to the gap in my academic career. But every faculty member was so cordial and patient to make even the toughest topic so comprehensible. The six-month research work gives us an added benefit as a masters student as it provides more exposure to develop your proficiency. An intense and rigorous study environment not only boosts your capability but also shapes the research mind of an entry level researcher-student just stepping towards the research world. Today whatever research ability I carry and the confidence I bear as a young cancer researcher who is ready to start her new endeavor towards the cancer research is solely attributable to the MSc programme in oncology at the University of Nottingham."
Eleanor Bishop
2018 graduate (UK)

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the MSc Oncology course at the University of Nottingham. The modules covered a broad range of materials which varied in style, delivery and assessment. I have gained an in-depth background into so many different aspects of oncology, both in a clinical and scientific setting. It has been particularly interesting to learn about recent breakthroughs and the science behind the drug development process.

 Different methods of assessment have allowed me to develop my medical and report writing, as well as presentation skills. During the course, I was fortunate enough to gain my first publication, following a coursework submission in one of my modules, which was heavily supported by the module convenor. This has inspired me to follow my chosen career path as a medical writer in oncology.

The standard of teaching is great and we have been fortunate to receive lectures from many clinical professionals, who are specialists in their field of work. Many modules also have guest lecturers from outside of the University to ensure the best standard and varied nature of teaching is delivered.

The 6-month research project has given me confidence in the lab and has allowed me to learn a variety of new skills, methods and techniques. It has been great to be part of a unique project and to develop my teamwork skills and individual responsibilities. Without doubt, this aspect of the course will help anyone who is keen to go on and study for a PhD, like many of my course mates.

The tutoring system offers close support throughout your studies and there are various opportunities to feedback to course convenors, who are always willing to listen and help. The University also offers support in other areas, such as career workshops, extra-curricular activities and mental health and wellbeing support. Nottingham as a city has so much to offer and is the perfect location to study!

I am so thankful for my year of study and the broad academic background will prepare me well for my chosen career path. Many of my course mates have secured top-level PhD opportunities, whereas others have decided to go down the clinical route. This course has continued my passion for oncology and has allowed me to secure a place on a top grad-scheme in the medical communications industry."

Jonathan Curd
2017 graduate

"My time at the University of Nottingham studying MSc Oncology was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. The lectures were engaging and because they were delivered by both academics and clinicians it gave you a broader range of insight into the world of cancer research. The practical sessions and research project also equipped me with all the skills I needed to go on to do a PhD in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy, also at the University of Nottingham. Having only achieved a 2:2 at undergraduate level, I was thrilled to be able to return to university, work hard to graduate with a distinction and then go on to do a PhD, none of which would have been possible without this course."

Dwayne Tucker
2017 graduate

"Studying the MSc in Oncology at The University of Nottingham provided the most conducive environment for me to evolve as a clinical scientist. Being taught by some of the most brilliant minds in my field is nothing short of an advantage provided by one of the world’s leading universities. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a vigorous six months laboratory research in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML).This project was perfect for me as it brought together my passion for cancer science with a long-time zeal for haematological disorders, and allowed me to hone my technical skills in the laboratory. Moving forward as a scientific officer at the University of West Indies (UWI) in Jamaica, it is very apparent how the MSc course has prepared me for this new phase of my career."

Whitney Baine
2016 graduate

"What originally drew me to the MSc Oncology program at Nottingham was how is touched on multiple aspects of oncology research. In a single day we could go from learning about the molecular processes which initiate and propagate the disease and then later attend a lecture detailing the latest first line chemotherapy treatments for patients. After my degree, I pursued a career in clinical trials. The immunology course has turned out to be an invaluable resource in today’s world of clinical trials and drug development. By understanding the mechanisms of action behind new immunotherapies being trialed, I am better able to anticipate patient side effects and work with my clinicians on providing the best possible care. Applying to the MSc Oncology program at Nottingham was truly one of the best things I have ever done.  The program and its instructors put me on an excellent career path with endless room to grow and develop as a cancer researcher." 

Lorna Fern
1998 graduate

"I came to the MSc with great uncertainty about what I wanted to do. I didn't think I wanted to be a researcher but I did know that with my 2:2 qualification I needed something more.

Completely disillusioned by undergraduate teaching - the massive class sizes and lack of personal contact with someone who knew me, the MSc was an enlightening surprise and offered exactly what I'd been looking for in a learning experience. The small class sizes added a real personal touch in which I was able to thrive.

The breadth and depth of the course content was amazing and gave me something to really get my teeth into. It's given me a solid comprehensive foundation in all aspects of oncology from epidemiology and statistics, biology of disease, drug development, types of treatments, research methods and effects of treatment. 20 years later I still recall on things I learnt during the MSc.

I found the laboratory based project challenging but also essential to my development and without it I would not have gone on to do a PhD - which was never part of my original plan!

I now work for the National Cancer Research Institutes teenage and young adult clinical studies group as their TYA researcher and lead for patient and public involvement. Working on an age group rather than a cancer type means I need to know a lot about a range of cancers that occur in that age group, young people also have unique cancer and host biology as well as responses to treatment and the content of the MSc meant that was all understandable to me

I have over 25 peer reviewed publications including first and last author in the Lancet Oncology and British Medical Journal, I've written around 5 book chapters and I am often invited to speak at national and international conferences and meetings. Which is not bad for someone who didn't know if they wanted to be a researcher.

The content of the MSc really has given me the breadth and depth of knowledge to hold my own in the international oncology arena. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone! And I made some pretty awesome friends in Nottingham too!"


Yin Mar (2016) from Myanmar shares her experience of studying in Nottingham 


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