Postgraduate Taught Courses

We offer six postgraduate taught courses

Our MSc/PGDip Cancer programmes cover subject areas in molecular biology, pathology of cancer, methods of cancer treatments and therapies, cancer pharmacology, prevention and screening, diagnostics as well as comprehensive Research Skills.

We offer 2 lab-based programmes which include a Research Lab Skills module and 12-week Lab Project and 2 non-lab based programmes which culminate in a 12-week Dissertation.

Semester one core teaching will be delivered online as a series of lecture recordings, with live interactive question and answer sessions where you can collaborate with your peers and lecturers.  These activities will be supplemented by journal club meetings, and other designated events both on and off campus.

Students will have access to dedicated mentors, providing individual academic support, as well as a Teaching Office specifically designated for Barts Cancer Institute courses, assisting and supporting students with any programme-related questions as well as pastoral care. These services are enhanced further with a raft of online resources available to support your studies, which will be complemented with a range of onsite activities, if you are able to join us on campus from September.

At Barts Cancer Institute, you will find a rich social life, something which past and current students have noted as one of the highlights of the Institute.

It is difficult to imagine a more vibrant and exciting place to be a student than London. The picturesque Charterhouse Square campus is ideally placed for exploring the city, with underground and bus routes located nearby to roam further afield.

  • State of the art laboratories and dedicated teaching facilities
  • Access to specialised scientists and clinicians
  • Library and e-resources
  • Dedicated computer lab for BCI students
  • Mentors for non-programme related support, including careers advice

In addition to academic support and tuition, the Institute and University also provides supplementary support during your studies, these include:

BCI Teaching Office

We have a dedicated Teaching Office to provide administrative support for all the Institute's students.

Advice and Welfare Office

The QMUL Advice and Counselling Service offer a free and confidential service for all Queen Mary students.

The professional team of experts can provide assistance on a variety of issues including:

  • Student finance (student loans, tuition fees, grants etc)
  • Fee payment problems
  • Immigration law
  • International student issues
  • Postgraduate funding
  • Disability benefits
Student representatives

Each programme will elect 2 student representatives. Student representatives will be invited to represent their cohort at Staff Student Liaison Committee meetings (1 per semester) - to give feedback on the student experience and contribute to future improvements.

Overseas students

We have a diverse staff and student population and welcome students from around the world.
Our International Office offers comprehensive support to international students during the application and admissions process, with the aim of helping you choose the right course and to ease the transition to studying in the UK.

Barts Cancer Institute was formed in 2003 and is one of the Institutes within Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry brings together two venerable teaching institutions: St Bartholomew's Hospital, which dates back to 1123, and The London Hospital Medical College, which was the first medical school in England and Wales, founded in 1785.

Today Barts and The London is ranked 2nd for Medicine in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2017).

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is part of Queen Mary University of London.

Standalone Modules

All of our 15 and 7.5 credit taught modules are available to be studied as individual modules for non-award bearing learning.

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New MSc Student Information Area

Visit the New Student Information Area where you will find information about joining us and useful resources.

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COVID-19 Update for Applicants

We would like to reassure all our prospective students that we are processing all applications for September 2020 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:

  • Applying to study at Queen Mary
  • Starting in September
  • IELTS or TOEFL tests
  • Supporting documents for applications
  • Visa applications

If you have any further queries please contact us at

Or join us for a virtual open day where you can ask your questions directly to the academic and admin team