Oxford Brookes University

Cancer Studies

This course offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the study of cancer; 3 core modules, which encompass both biological and social sciences, provide the foundation; these equip students to apply key theories and concepts critically, and to develop the skills required to engage in debates about the impact of cancer on the individual, the family and society; a wide range of additional modules offers the opportunity to examine aspects of cancer in greater detail from different perspectives, ranging from professional practice to historical perspectives, from epidemiological and medical research to biotechnology.

Entry requirements

Normally a UK undergraduate degree or or equivalent professional or other qualification; if student does not hold a 1st degree or equivalent, they are required to submit an additional assignment; if they have not previously studied Biology above A-Level, or equivalent, they must complete online pre-course in cancer biology; (not formally assessed course); if 1st language is not English: IELTS 6.5-7.0 overall, or equivalent.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: living with cancer in contemporary society; tackling cancer: UK and international perspectives; applied cancer biology; research methods (not laboratory-based); 2 optional modules from: evidence-based practice; planning and managing clinical trials; leadership in health and social care; epidemiology; statistical methods in medical research and epidemiology; genome science; molecular biology; the hospital in history; product development in biotechnology; biotechnology and business; independent study.

Assessment methods

Assessment is mainly by essay writing, helping students to develop high levels of critical analysis, original thinking and clarity of expression.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time £ 1,000 per Module (home fees) 6 months
PgCert Full-time £ 1,430 per Module (overseas fees) 6 months
MSc Full-time £ 13,460 per Whole course (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 1,000 per Unit (home fees) 12 months
PgDip Full-time £ 1,000 per Module (home fees) 12 months
PgDip Full-time £ 1,430 per Module (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 1,430 per Unit (overseas fees) 36 months
MSc Part-time £ 1,000 per Unit (home fees) 36 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Marston Road Campus Oxford OX3 0FL South East

Key information

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01865 488157