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Queen Mary University of London: Cancer and Clinical Oncology Online

Institution Queen Mary University of London View institution profile
Department Barts Cancer Institute
Study type Taught


This online programme will give you an understanding of the science underlying the principles and practice of oncology and how new treatments are developed, evaluated and implemented. You’ll gain specialist knowledge of cancer biology and pathology, drug development and research methodologies, giving you an excellent grounding in the clinical practice of oncology.

This MSc gives you a thorough grounding in the scientific principles underlying oncology. By the end of the course you will:

  • have discovered how new treatments are developed, evaluated and implemented

  • be equipped with a thorough knowledge of cancer biology and pathology, research methodologies and drug development

  • be able to explain the ethics and regulatory framework underlying clinical research

  • understand the different uses of radiotherapy, surgical procedures and imaging technologies in the treatment of cancer, and be able to evaluate the associated risks and benefits in given clinical scenarios

  • be able to identify and apply the most appropriate research techniques to gather, record, and critically appraise research data.

This will enhance your career prospects in many areas of cancer research.

You’ll also take a three-month dissertation under the supervision of one of our research experts. This may involve setting up a ‘mock’ clinical trial to gain experience of clinical research and drug development in the cancer setting.

This programme is delivered by the Barts Cancer Institute, a Cancer Research UK centre of excellence and part of the Cancer Research UK City of London Centre.

If you study part-time, the modules you’ll need to complete will be spread over two years.

As a distance-learning student, you’ll be taught via our online platform, QMplus. You’ll have access to recorded lectures, video lab tutorials, copies of the slides and other supporting materials.

Dissertations will be supervised by a Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) researcher and supervision meetings will be conducted by telephone or by Skype.

We encourage you to interact with staff and students in our online forums, join group activities and become part of our student community.


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Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary  is one of the leading institutions in the world for further education. Split across five campuses in central and east London, Queen Mary has a long heritage dating back to 1785 when the first medical school in the UK was formed at the Royal London Hospital.

Students are able to select from an exceptionally broad range of subjects across three main faculties, including the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.


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