University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Cancer Cell Biology

This course equips you with a detailed understanding of the molecular basis and cell biology of cancer, including rational targeted therapeutic design and its application. The MSc also provides a comprehensive programme of training in the practical and experimental skills required for a research career in cancercell biology in academic, industrial and clinical settings. Experimental skills training involves prescribed formal taught practical sessions and a research project within a selected laboratory in the School of Life Sciences. The course is taught by research scientists within the School of Life Sciences, including those working on DNA repair, genome instability and cell cycle function in the internationally renowned Genome Damage and Stability Centre at the forefront of cancer research and rational cancer therapy design. Our teaching equips you with background knowledge, practical analytical and experimental experience, and presentational skills in cancer research, including laboratory-based and selftaught components covering bioinformatics and experimental theory.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics

Course modules

Autumn term: Advanced methods in molecular research (lecture based); cancer biology (lecture based and continued in the spring term); practical techniques in cancer cell biology. Spring term: Cancer biology (lecture based); genome stability, genetic diseases and cancer (lecture based with some group seminars); genomics and bioinformatics; protein form and function; topics in genetic manipulation and molecular cell biology (weekly seminars and student-led presentations). You also produce your research project proposal, based on the bespoke projects offered by faculty, and begin laboratory work on your MSc research project. Summer term: You continue laboratory-based work on your MSc research project embedded in one of the research laboratories within the School of Life Sciences, before drafting your dissertation and presenting your findings to the research faculty within the School.

Assessment methods

The main assessments are a research proposal design task, a dissertation based on that research project and the oral presentation of this work. Other assessments include laboratory reports, unseen examinations, and problem sets.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 17,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 678057