Entry requirements

A recent UK first or second class Honours degree in the field of Biosciences.

Other qualifications including equivalent internationally recognised qualification or relevant experience from health professionals (eg doctors; nurses; MLSOs) will be assessed on an individual basis and a request for completion of an online biological test in molecular and cell biology may be required.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc course in Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research aims to provide specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in molecular and cellular genetics relevant for human diseases in the context of the scientific and clinical problem of human cancer.

It focuses on the development of research skills in medical genetics and human diseases, and is designed to enable you to develop the ability to become an independent and creative scientist, able to form useful working hypotheses and to analyse data appropriately.

Taught modules will focus on how a greater understanding of these processes has created new avenues and targets for the therapeutic intervention in various forms of cancer.


Cancer is a complex and multi-factorial disease. For the development of any novel and specific therapeutic strategy, it is important to understand the complexity of pathogenesis and genetics that can lead to cancer. This course addresses various molecular and cellular aspects relevant for cancer research.

Special Features

  • Through an enthusiastic, innovative and research-driven approach, our teaching will reflect the fast changing nature of the biomedical research (with specific emphasis to human genome, molecular medicine and cancer research).
  • Brunel University London is research led and students attending either course will have the opportunity to conduct a 9-month research dissertation as a part of the MSc course.
  • Students will be given a choice of research topics and will be normally associated with one of the research centres within Biosciences.

Typical Modules (all compulsory)

Research Planning. Cytogenetics and Cancer. Genomic Technologies and Cancer Research. The Biology, Genetics and Treatment of Human Cancer. Intracellular Signalling and Cancer.

Information for international students

Brunel University welcomes applications from international students. Comprehensive advice and information is available for overseas applicants on our website. www.brunel.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,500 full-time; £4,250 part-time
International students
£17,500 full-time; £8,750 part-time

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2016, students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2016/17 of up to £10,000. Find out more

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Creative work5
Dissertation45 (10000 words)

Course contact details

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