Taught course

Translational Oncology

University of Sheffield · Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Entry requirements

You'll need at least a 2:1 in a relevant life science undergraduate degree (eg Biochemistry, Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology or a degree in veterinary science or medicine).

A 2:2 degree may be acceptable depending on an interview and assessment of your past achievements. Medical students can intercalate after completing three years of their medical degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Train in cancer theory and the practice of translational oncology. You'll get a solid grounding in cancer biology and clinical oncology then progress to more advanced cancer research modules, allowing you to experience cancer research at all stages of drug discovery and development. Graduates have gone on to work in academic research, pharmaceuticals, medical writing, the biotech industry and the NHS. Your extended six-month research project in a research lab or clinical settings will allow you to develop real life research skills matched to your interests.

Course description

Lead academic: Dr Helen Bryant

Translational oncology is the process by which laboratory cancer research informs the development of new treatments for cancer. It’s a rapidly advancing field with massive therapeutic and commercial potential, and recent graduates have gone on to work in academic research science, pharmaceuticals, medical writing, the biotech industry and the NHS among others.

Our MSc(Res) is taught by leading research scientists and clinicians. The course offers training in cancer biology / treatment theory and practice of translational oncology and provides you with transferable skills for your future career.

The course is designed so that students progressively achieve more advanced levels of learning and practice by giving a thorough grounding in the subject matter through five taught modules before leading you into the advanced research modules, namely the literature review and the six-month research project, for which you’ll work as part of a team within the oncology research community at Sheffield.

Translational oncology / cancer research in Sheffield is well-established, spanning several faculties and departments. We hold Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) status in recognition of our clinical trials expertise, so you'll study in a world-class research environment with a multidisciplinary research team of basic and clinical scientists.

We'll give you the opportunity to experience cancer research at all stages of drug discovery and development, from fundamental research to molecular mechanisms and their implementation in new cancer therapies and offer career development tutorials, including CV writing, career tracking and critical appraisal.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School website.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc(Res)
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Helen Bryant
+44 (0)114 215 9063