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Cancer and Molecular and Cellular Biology

Postgraduate Diploma ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )

Overview

This distance learning programme aims to provide students with a clear understanding of the molecular and cellular biology fundamental to cancer biology and cancer research.

Online, students will learn how research in this area has advanced the treatment and diagnoses of cancer, and gain knowledge of how new therapies are developed, evaluated and implemented.

This will be underpinned by a thorough knowledge of research methodologies and laboratory techniques.

The laboratory based research project is an integral component of the course, which will provide students with valuable experience of the research process, including preparation of a thesis, thus forming a solid foundation upon which a future career in scientific research can be built.

Why study your MSc in Cancer Therapeutics at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) is recognised as a Cancer Research-UK Centre of Excellence. The Institute was ranked third in the 2008 Research Review based on the number of international and world-leading cancer researchers.

  • This course is available via distance learning as well as classroom teaching
  • You will be taught by leading experts in the field
  • This programme provides comprehensive training in research skills, coupled with access to first class research laboratories in one of the UK’s leading cancer research institutes
  • Study and contribute to the latest developments in curing cancer, such as novel drugs and gene therapy
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake a three-month project placement within one of the Institute’s 6 research groups.

Facilities

Distance learning

Through the University’s online learning portal, QMPlus, you will have access to video and audio recordings of all onsite lectures, as well as video tutorials for any lab based elements of the course. All written assignments will be submitted through the portal, while poster and oral presentations will be assessed via Skype. Exams can be sat onsite at QMUL or you can arrange to sit these at a suitable venue more local to you. You are encouraged to interact with teaching staff and other students in online discussion forums, join group activities and be part of the Institute’s student community.

As a distance learning student we understand that you may not have easy access to the campus facilities, but they are here if you decide to visit London at any point during the course.

You will have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

You will also have access to a range of specialist facilities including: medical libraries located at the Royal London and St Bart's hospitals and at the main College campus at Mile End. You will have access to laboratories and equipment, including those at the Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Sciences with its world class facilities.

There is the the Cancer Research UK approved Centre of Excellence, with cutting edge facilities and technology. Resources include:

  • Five fully equipped, state-of-the-art research laboratories that include suites for proteomics and mass spectroscopy, cancer pharmacology, FACS, molecular pathology services with automated immunohistchemistry/in situ hybridisation systems, intravital microscopy and con-focal microscopy.
  • Purpose built facilities including the Molecular Imaging Facility, and a dedicated Teaching Centre laboratory for BCI students.

For further information contact:
Dr Richard Grose.
Email: r.p.grose@qmul.ac.uk

Structure

MSc Cancer & Molecular and Cellular Biology is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study, as well as full-time and part-time distance learning options.

Distance learning

Through the University’s online learning portal, QMPlus, you will have access to video and audio recordings of all onsite lectures, as well as video tutorials for any lab based elements of the course. All written assignments will be submitted through the portal, while poster and oral presentations will be assessed via Skype. Exams can be sat onsite at QMUL or you can arrange to sit these at a suitable venue more local to you. You are encouraged to interact with teaching staff and other students in online discussion forums, join group activities and be part of the Institute’s student community.

Full-time

Undertaking a Masters programme is a serious commitment, requiring weekly contact hours in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research in order to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Part-time

Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.

Compulsory modules

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cancer Pharmacology
  • Pathology of Cancer
  • Biological Therapies
  • Drug Development
  • Genomic Approaches to Human Diseases
  • Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Research Methods
  • Research Lab Skills
  • Laboratory Project.

Option modules

  • Cancer Prevention and Screening
  • Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology

For further information contact:
Dr Richard Grose.
Email: r.p.grose@qmul.ac.uk

Entry requirements

The programme is open to graduate scientists, clinicians and other medical professionals working in healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry or contract research organisations.

Applicants should have a minimum 2:1 degree in relevant subject (eg, biology/chemistry/pharmacology/medicine), or degree equivalent qualification, from a recognised academic institution or an appropriate professional qualification or experience. A 2:2 degree will be considered with strong supporting evidence.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

For further information contact:
Dr Richard Grose.
Email: r.p.grose@qmul.ac.uk

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, one–to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Assessment will be based on written assignments, posters and oral presentations, multiple choice questions (MCQ) and short-answer question (SAQ) examinations, and a full laboratory project write-up.

Dissertation

You will also be assessed on a 5,000 words laboratory project write-up.

For further information contact:
Dr Richard Grose.
Email: r.p.grose@qmul.ac.uk

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full time £5,850

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full time £13,750

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

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