Taught course

Cancer Molecular Pathology and Therapeutics

University of Leicester · Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine

Entry requirements

2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant bioscience subject such as biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology etc.

We also welcome applicants with significant relevant industrial or professional experience, and medically qualified applicants with a strong background in molecular biology and/or cell biology.

Months of entry


Course content

Join a world-leading cancer research centre by studying MSc Cancer Molecular Pathology and Therapeutics at one of the top research universities in the UK.

The University of Leicester has a truly global reputation for its research into a range of clinical disciplines including molecular cancer therapeutics, heart disease, diabetes and genetics. The University is also home to the prestigious Leicester Cancer Research Centre, which conducts real-life trials and lifesaving research into this terrible disease.

By studying Cancer Molecular Pathology and Therapeutics at postgraduate level, you will be taught by internationally-renowned researchers and clinicians at the forefront of cancer research and treatment, being equipped with the knowledge, expertise and experience to make a real positive contribution towards the future research and treatment of cancer.

You will study the mechanistic nature of cancer biology and apply that knowledge to better understanding and developing the future diagnosis, prognosis therapy and prevention of cancer. Building on a solid foundation of learned basic cancer cell biology, you will consider and experience the design of treatment modalities and prevention strategies, including the mechanisms of action of anti-cancer drugs and radiation treatment, therapy resistance and biomarker discovery.

This Cancer Therapeutics Masters degree course comprises three months of intensive lectures, tutorials and taught lab work, followed by a further month of advanced topic lectures delivered by scientists at the cutting-edge of translational research, focusing on therapeutics and prevention.

A key component of the course is then the five to six month research project, which will give you the opportunity to study and research one of the department’s key research areas in much greater depth. As well as developing your understanding of the processes and techniques used in cancer research, you will learn how to critically analyse research data and research papers and how to communicate complex scientific concepts and processes, as well as contributing to the world-leading research that each laboratory undertakes.

Information for international students

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Leicester Cancer Research Centre
+44 (0)116 223 1841