Award: MSc / PG Diploma
Modes of Study: Full Time / Part Time / Full Time - Distance Learning / Part Time - Distance Learning
Programme Director: Professor Richard Grose
Start Date: September 2022
Application Deadline: 31 July 2022
For more information and to apply:
The Cancer & Molecular and Cellular Biology programme is designed to give you a detailed and thorough understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of cancer and its treatments. In addition to developing a deep knowledge of cancer biology, pathology, pharmacology and drug development, you will study research methodologies and techniques, enabling you to make the most of the laboratory-based project, which forms a key component of the programme.
During this period, onsite students will be fully integrated into one of the Institute's Research Centres, with the opportunity for Distance Learning students to undertake research at their workplace or an appropriate local research laboratory. The programme is particularly suited to students who aspire to a career in research, although a wide range of career opportunities exist.
Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Research Lab Skllls
Genomic Approaches to Cancer
Pathology of Cancer & Imaging
Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology
Cancer Prevention and Screening
Students will choose 15 credits of optional modules - this is likely to be either one 15 credit module or two 7.5 credit modules, depending on the programme structure. For more detailed module information, visit the module details page.
Semester 1: September - December (67.5 credits, taught modules)
Semester 2: January - March (52.5 credits, taught modules)
Semester 3: May - August (60 credit Lab Project, MSc only)
Semester 1: September - December (30 credits, taught modules)
Semester 2: January - March (30 credits, taught modules)
Semester 1: September - December (37.5 credits, taught modules)
Semester 2: January - March (22.5 credits, taught modules)
Semester 3: May - August (60 credit Lab Project, MSc only)
Semester 1: January Semester 2: March/April Semester 3: August resits
Each 15 credit module involves approximately 30 hours contact time and 120 hours of self-study.
Each 7.5 credit module involves approximately 15 hours contact time and 60 hours of self-study.
The Lab Project involves 10.5 weeks full time in one of the Institute’s Research Centres. There may be some flexibility to arrange part-time projects for part-time students who are unable to commit to a full-time project. These are arranged on a case by case basis in consultation with the Programme Director.
MSc: 120 taught credits + 60 credit Lab Project
PG Diploma: 120 taught credits
A variety of study options are available, these include Full Time (1 year) and Part Time (2 years), on-site or by Distance Learning.
Distance learning is delivered via the University’s online learning platform - QMplus. Onsite lectures are recorded and made available to Distance Learning students, together with copies of the slides and other supporting teaching materials.
Lab-based elements of the programme are taught through video tutorials.
Distance Learners usually carry out their Lab Project at an External organisation (whether this be their place of work or a place they have other links with). All External projects will be approved by the Programme Director. In some circumstances, Distance Learners may be able to carry out their lab project in one of our Research Centres, but priority for places is given to onsite students.
Posters and oral presentations will be delivered via Skype.
Examinations can be at Queen Mary University of London or at an approved local venue (usually a British Council or a local Academic Institution).
*Intercalating students must pass exams taken prior to commencing the MSc at first attempt and confirm that the beginning of their following year of MBBS studies start after all assessment for the MSc has been completed.
For more information on intercalated degrees please see here.
For international equivalencies please see the QMUL International Office.
Applicants for whom English is not a first language will also require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with 6.5 in writing) or equivalent unless your undergraduate degree was studied in English. For more information on English language requirements, and acceptable qualifications, please visit the Queen Mary English Language Requirements webpage.
All applications must be completed online.
As part of your application you will be required to provide the following documents:
Intercalating students must also apply via the Intercalated Degrees Admissions team. Please visit the Queen Mary website for more detailed information about the application process.
Note that fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis - see details on our tuition fees page.
Numerous funding options are available to Postgraduate students. For more information, visit the Queen Mary Funding a Masters webpage.
Due to receiving large volumes of successful applications, it is our department policy to request a deposit of £2000 from overseas students and £1000 from home/EU students in order to secure your place on the course. This will be payable on acceptance of an offer.
The Cancer & Molecular and Cellular Biology programme will provide you with the skills and experience necessary to pursue further academic research at PhD/MD level. It will also provide a strong foundation for those working in a clinical, pharmaceutical or diagnostic setting.
Each year we retain a proportion of our graduates within the Institute as PhD students, research assistants or clinical trials co-ordinators.
We would like to reassure all our prospective students that we are processing all applications for September 2021 and dealing with your enquiries as usual. We understand these are uncertain times and many of you are concerned about whether to apply or accept an offer.
We have guidance for applicant queries, information includes the following topics:
Visit the Queen Mary Applicants page for more information.
If you have any further queries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or join us for a virtual open day where you can ask your questions directly to the academic and admin team.
"One thing that I really enjoyed about the course were the lectures. They were well structured and easy to follow, with the lecturers really keen to answer any questions along the way. Additionally, I really enjoyed the practical sessions. These sessions were my first proper hands-on experience in a laboratory and helped me to develop an understanding of different experimental techniques and why they are used."
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