Postgraduate Taught Courses at Barts Cancer Institute

We offer six postgraduate taught courses

The MSc/PGDip Cancer programmes at Barts Cancer Institute 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 1 of 7 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 School of Medicine and Dentistry is ranked 1st in London for Medicine (The Complete University Guide 2021 - subject rankings). Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is part of Queen Mary University of London.

Virtual Open Days

Find out more about our MSc courses and have the opportunity to ask the Programme Directors questions. Please sign up below to be notified of upcoming open days.

Upcoming events:

Virtual Open Day - Mailing List

In light of the current situation, we will we holding virtual open days via Zoom Webinar so that potential applicants can hear about each of our MSc courses and have the opportunity to ask questions.

  • Please select the courses for the webinars you would like to be notified about.
  • Please read our Privacy Notice, you can also contact the BCI Teaching Office with specific questions or concerns about the way this data is managed. If at any point you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please respond to one of the emails you receive from us stating that you would like to be removed from the list.

COVID-19 Update for Applicants

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:

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

Visit the Queen Mary Applicants page for more information.

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