"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."