M.Sc. Clinical Oncology MSc/Diploma - Full-time

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • GBP21650 Year (EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Birmingham | Birmingham, United Kingdom
This programme aims to give you a scientific understanding of the cellular and molecular biology of cancer, its epidemiology and pathology, and to place this in a clinical context. You will then address how this knowledge effects therapeutic approaches and disease management.

Description of Clinical Oncology MSc/Diploma - Full-time


It aims to allow you to understand the research process by drawing on examples within the department and its associated clinical trials unit. A key part of this Masters programme is the planning, execution and reporting of a piece of independent study leading to submission of a dissertation.

At all levels we aim to encourage interactive rather than didactic learning and lecturing. Therefore, in addition to assembling and learning facts you will also to consider some of the philosophical challenges which underlie the treatment of cancer.

You can opt for a Postgraduate Diploma on completion of the core modules and 40 credits of optional modules, or an MSc on successful completion of the taught programme and an independently researched dissertation.

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If you canít make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit:

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline March
Tuition fee
  • GBP 21650 Year (EEA)

MSc: UK/EU £21,650, International £21,650
PGDip: UK/EU £4,380, International £18,900

Start date August  2016
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

For health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology, including:

  • medical and clinical oncology SpRs
  • nurses
  • pharmacists
  • radiographers
  • vets
  • clinical trial co-ordinators
  • dieticians

English Language Requirements

CAE score
200(Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Clinical Oncology MSc/Diploma - Full-time

As this is a course focused around professional practice it is essential that you have at least six months experience working in an oncology environment. This may include experience in medicine, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry, nursing, radiography, clinical trials, scientific research, veterinary medicine, biostatistics 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: bioscience, medicine, radiography, veterinary medicine or relevant and equivalent experience/professional qualifications.

This programme is intended to be accessible and appropriate to people from a wide variety of backgrounds, reflecting the modern multidisciplinary constitution of cancer care professionals.

Work Experience for Clinical Oncology MSc/Diploma - Full-time

No work experience is required.

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