Cancer Sciences


At a glance

  • Learn about the science behind cancer, cancer research and the cancer research industry, working with internationally recognised scientists
  • Develop your research skills with the opportunity to work on novel projects
  • Gain work experience in the UK or abroad if you choose the MSci 

What is Cancer Sciences?

This brand new course studies the entire life-cycle of cancer and delves in to the possible causes, incidence, progression, and treatment of this deadly disease.

You'll gain valuable research skills opening the opportunity to change the world of healthcare and develop a firm understanding of cancer cell biology and physiology, immunology and therapeutics. You are able to tailor your studies to reflect your interests with various optional modules, and participate in an intensive research project based on a cancer of your choosing.

Cancer sciences graduates will have developed respected skills that will prepare you for employment in the biotechnology, finance and pharmaceutical industries, as well as further study and research.

BSc or MSci?

Both the BSc and MSci programmes have common first and second years.

The MSci has added seminars in year three and a fourth year work placement in the UK or abroad - in industry, a research institute or a university. You are able to transfer from the BSc onto the MSci if your grades meet the requirements set by the University*, and if a placement is available.

* Please note that a transfer to the MSci requires a minimum of 60% attainment in the first two years.


How will I study?

You will learn through various methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory-based classes, workshops, and research projects. You will be taught by expert cancer scientists who are involved in current cancer research making up an academic team of scientists, doctors, PhD students, skilled technicians and guest lecturers from industry.

Exams take place twice a year at the end of each semester. You will also participate in oral and poster presentations, essays, portfolios, lab reports, group work and a dissertation to assess your skills and knowledge throughout the programme.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will oversee your academic progression, as well as your personal wellbeing.



Cancer Sciences graduates can expect employment opportunities from a range of research, biotechnology and pharmaceutical organisations.

Examples of professions that our graduates can pursue include:

  • research and development
  • clinical trials
  • drug development in the pharmaceutical and burgeoning biotech industries
  • cancer policy and fundraising
  • publishing
  • teaching

Graduates will also have gained high level transferable skills such as planning, presentation, critical thinking, and communication which are valued assets in the recruitment marketplace.


Study abroad

If you choose our MSci course, you will have the opportunity to either stay in the UK or study abroad for your fourth year research project. You will find yourself working alongside globally-recognised scientists in a research institute, a university or in industry, in one of many destinations all over the world.


Application and interview

Offers may be made without an interview being required based on the UCAS application alone. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications may be invited for an interview. 


Open days

We have University-wide open days that take place in June and September. We also host visit days for offer holders. 

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