Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Cancer Cell Biology

University of Sussex · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics

Months of entry


Course content

This course equips you with a detailed understanding of the molecular basis and cell biology of cancer, including rational targeted therapeutic design and its application. The MSc also provides a comprehensive programme of training in the practical and experimental skills required for a research career in cancer
cell biology in academic, industrial and clinical settings. Experimental skills training involves prescribed formal taught practical sessions and a research project within a selected laboratory in the School of Life Sciences.

The course is taught by research scientists within the School of Life Sciences, including those working on DNA repair, genome instability and cell cycle function in the internationally renowned Genome Damage and Stability Centre at the forefront of cancer research and rational cancer therapy design.

Our teaching equips you with background knowledge, practical analytical and experimental experience, and presentational skills in cancer research, including laboratory-based and selftaught components covering bioinformatics and experimental theory.

This course is subject to validation.


The main assessments are a research proposal design task, a dissertation based on that research project and the oral presentation of this work. Other assessments include laboratory reports, unseen examinations, and problem sets.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you take Advanced Methods in Molecular Research (lecture based) • Cancer Biology (lecture based and continued in the spring term) • Practical Techniques in Cancer Cell Biology.

Spring term: you take Cancer Biology (lecture based) • Genome Stability, Genetic Diseases and Cancer (lecture based with some group seminars) • Genomics and Bioinformatics • Protein Form and Function • Topics in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology (weekly seminars and student-led presentations). You also produce your research project proposal, based on the bespoke projects offered by faculty, and begin laboratory work on your MSc research project.

Summer term: you continue laboratory-based work on your MSc research project embedded in one of the research laboratories within the School of Life Sciences, before drafting your dissertation and presenting your findings to the research faculty within the School.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678057