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What will I learn?


Cancer is a major cause of mortality and morbidity ere are around 363,000 new cancer cases in the UK every year, which is more than 990 every day (Cancer Research UK, 2019). Understanding the mechanisms of tumour formation and developing new therapies are therefore high priority areas, not only due to the human cost of this disease, but also due to the high economic burden on the NHS. This MSc by Research programme will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for a career in cancer research, and is one of only a few MSc by Research Oncology courses available in the UK.

Why study Oncology MSc by Research at Middlesex University?

During the course, you'll gain an understanding of the scientific basis of cancer and its treatments, and will learn the laboratory skills needed to evaluate the potential efficacy of new therapeutics.You'll be encouraged to attend workshops, tutorials and seminars covering the range of specific skills and resources you'll need during your research journey.

Our academics are internationally recognised researchers in the field of cancer research and have expertise in a variety of different research areas (such as immuno-oncology, epigenetics, genomics, chemoresistance, metastasis and cancer stem cells) and cancers (osteosarcoma, ovarian cancer, leukaemia, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer). You'll have access to an exceptionally wide range of research projects in cancer biology and can pursue a specific research project in collaboration with experts in the field.


How can the Oncology MSc by Research support your career?

This programme is well suited to those who wish to pursue a research career in academia. However, the skills acquired can be applied to a broad range of different careers, including working in industry or in public service.

Which department am I in?

Natural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,400.00 (US$ 22,572) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected October 2021


Middlesex University

Hendon Campus,

The Burroughs,


NW4 4BT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Bachelors degree from an accredited university or college with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher.

For international students

Students normally require an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or above in molecular biology, biomedical science, biology, or a related subject. Entry is subject to the proposed project being acceptable. Students must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.