Taught course

Cancer Biology and Therapy

University of Leeds · Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine

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Entry requirements

BSc 1st class or 2i, or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline which would normally be one of the biological sciences but a natural sciences graduate will be considered.

This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed three years of a UK medical degree and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study. Read more at Intercalation.

Students taking this course as an intercalated degree are subject to different deadlines of application.

Months of entry


Course content

Embark on your career in cancer research. Our course offers perfect training to develop you into a leading researcher while we prepare you for a career in research or to pursue a PhD.

Build a real understanding of the application of molecular approaches to the diagnoses, prevention and treatment of cancers. You’ll also undertake a research project, targeting a specific area of cancer biology, working alongside our team of leading experts.

Watch our virtual open day video to find out more

Make an impact

Our course is designed to equip you with the expertise needed to pursue a career in research. You’ll study and develop in a research centre that makes significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of the disease, learning from expert staff. This will prepare you for a career where you can make an impact through your own investigation, increasing understanding and ultimately improving outcomes for patients.

Course content

MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy explores the molecular mechanisms of cancer and how such understanding applies in diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles and application of cancer research and the basis of therapy. The subject encompasses many areas at the forefront of advances in applied biomedical sciences.

This is an exciting opportunity to:

  • Get a thorough understanding of cancer biology and therapy driven by the most current research.

  • Use the latest techniques in molecular biology, immunology, cell biology and chemistry applicable to cancer biology and therapy.

  • Conduct your own research project within one of our internationally renowned institutes.

  • Generate results with scientific impact and have the potential to improve cancer outcomes.

  • Evaluate critically current issues in cancer research and therapy, and how to translate research findings into therapeutic applications.

This course is mainly taught at St James’s University Hospital.

Fees and funding

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Medicine Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 0806