Research course

Cancer Studies

University of Birmingham · College of Medical and Dental Sciences
PhDMSc by researchMD

Entry requirements

Applicants should have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class degree in an appropriate biological sciences subject.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Cancer Sciences remains a major research strength within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, as evidenced by the fact that 80% of our RAE 2008 submission in the area of Cancer Studies was considered internationally excellent or world leading. Following the RAE 2008 results, in The Research Fortnight’s University Power Ranking, Birmingham is named as the leading Cancer Studies centre outside London (only topped by the Institute of Cancer Research). Particular strengths include cancer cell signalling, the DNA damage response, gene and immunotherapy and cancer viruses.
The School of Cancer Sciences incorporates the following basic and translational research themes:
  • Structural Biology and Biomarkers
  • Cancer Cell Biology
  • Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics
  • Cancer Clinical Trials (CRCTU)/Clinical Trials (BCTU)
  • Tumour Immunology and Immune Gene Therapy
  • Viral Oncology

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005