Taught course

Cancer Therapeutics

Queen Mary, University of London · Barts Cancer Institute

Entry requirements

The programme is open to graduate scientists, clinicians and other medical professionals working in healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry or contract research organisations. Previous lab experience is not required but applicants should have a minimum 2:2 degree in relevant subject (eg, biology/chemistry/pharmacology/medicine), or degree equivalent qualification, from a recognised academic institution or an appropriate professional qualification or experience.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Programme description
Distance learning option available

This programme aims to provide you with a clear understanding of the scientific basis underlying the principles and practice of cancer therapeutics and the development, evaluation and implementation of new treatments. This is underpinned by a thorough knowledge of cancer biology and pathology, research methodologies, drug development and regulatory issues. There is an emphasis on practical skills during the research skills module and the three-month laboratory project (taken in semester three).

On completion of the programme you will:

Have a thorough knowledge of the principles underlying cancer treatment
Be able to demonstrate skills in gathering, recording, analysing and presenting information
Understand the regulatory framework underlying clinical research
Understand the principles of laboratory methodologies applied to clinical trials
Understand the steps involved in developing and implementing new treatments
Be able to apply this knowledge in a professional roles
Be able to contribute to the research activity and knowledge base in improving cancer care

Programme outline
Core modules:
Research Skills and Sciences
Cancer Biology
Cancer Pharmacology
Site Specific Tumour Treatment
Ablative Therapy
Biological Therapies
Drug Development
Laboratory Project

Optional modules:
Pathology of Cancer
Genomic Approaches to Human Diseases
Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology
Cancer Prevention and Screening

Information for international students

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Fees and funding

UK students
See website for fees
International students
See website for fees

QMUL provides assistance for students wishing to undertake further studies with us. For the latest information on studentships please visit our website: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/funding_masters/49978.html

For up to date tuition fees please see our website: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/tuitionfees/

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months


distance learning
12 months
full time
4 months
part time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment27

Course contact details

Robert Carver