Taught course

Cancer Biology and Radiotherapy Physics

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require an Upper Second class degree or above in physics or biology or overseas equivalent. Healthcare professionals with an equivalent qualification will also be considered. Applicants may be invited to interview.

We will consider applicants with a Lower Second class degree via interview for the PGDip course. If the required level is achieved in the core units, you may then progress onto the MSc course.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc in Cancer Biology and Radiotherapy Physics is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in cancer research and/or cancer therapy involving ionising radiation.

With around 40% of all cancer cure cases involving radiotherapy and the UK soon to have a proton therapy service, the need for multidisciplinary scientists in this field has never been greater.

We aim to develop multidisciplinary scientists to create the necessary skill base that will drive radiotherapy forward in the UK.

This course will enable you to train as a multidisciplinary scientist in this area by covering a variety of subjects in content that is delivered by staff with a range of expertise, including physicists, biologists, engineers, clinicians and oncologists.

Our collaboration with The Christie will allow you to undertake unique research projects in its radiotherapy facilities that cannot be carried out anywhere else in the UK or most of Europe.

Information for international students

For students whose first language is not English, we require a minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in writing.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


full time
6 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5220