University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Cancer Studies

For health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology, this full-time programme is particularly suitable for medical professionals with an interest in clinical, medical, surgical and translational oncology. There is an opportunity to gain clinical observership status and log your hours observing in a UK based hospital.

Entry requirements

As this programme is focused around professional practice It is essential that you have at least 6 months experience working in an oncology environment. This may include experience in medicine, surgery, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry, nursing, radiography, clinical trials, and other related disciplines. You will also need an undergraduate degree in a suitable subject. This could include, but is not restricted to, the following fields: medicine, radiography, pharmacy, or relevant and equivalent experience/professional qualifications.

Course modules

The content of the course is broadly divided into two components: the taught modules and the independent research project (dissertation). Each taught module comprises 30-60 hours of taught classroom based learning, self directed learning and an assignment. You are expected to spend approximately 60 hours of self-directed study doing preparatory and follow-up reading, and completing coursework for each module. Throughout the programme will be instruction in research methods. This is not an accredited module but you must demonstrate a satisfactory standard of understanding for you to be allowed to enter the dissertation phase of the programme. Compulsory modules: The cellular and molecular biology of cancer (20 credits); epidemiology and statistics (cancer studies dept.) (10 credits); pathology of cancer (20 credits); therapy and management (20 credits); clinical trials (10 credits); dissertation (60 credits). Optional Modules (select 40 credits): Caring for cancer patients (10 credits); haemato-oncology (10 credits); paediatric oncology (20 credits); palliative care and cancer patients (20 credits); radiation biology (10 credits); radiation physics (20 credits); translational research (20 credits); surgical oncology (10 credits).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time £ 4,090 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time £ 17,365 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc (Res) Part-time £ 2,045 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MD Part-time £ 2,045 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MD Part-time £ 8,683 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,090 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 17,365 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Part-time £ 2,045 per Academic year (home fees) 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
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0121 414 5005