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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy

Programme code:MSC-CBTHUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Thomas Hughes Contact address:T.Hughes@leeds.ac.uk

No part-time variant

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

BSc 1st class or 2i, or equivalent (for example a pass in MBChB, BDS), in a relevant scientific discipline which would normally be one of the biological sciences but a natural sciences graduate will be considered. Subject to University regulations MBChB or BDS students who had completed 3 years of study would be eligible to intercalate.
English language requirements: An IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with at least 6.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other components.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Medicine / Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Postgraduate Programme Examination Board from School of Medicine.

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

There are no subject benchmark statements appropriate for this taught postgraduate programme.

Programme specification:

On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able:
- to demonstrate an in-depth, specialist knowledge and sophisticated understanding of Cancer Biology and Therapy driven by research and advanced scholarship;
- to exhibit mastery in the critical appraisal of current literature and developments relevant to Cancer Biology and Therapy;
- to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques and research methods applicable to Cancer Biology and Therapy;
- to use a range of techniques and research methods applicable to advanced study of Cancer Biology and Therapy;
- to develop and defend personal interpretation of research in areas of Cancer Biology and Therapy where current evidence is complex, incomplete or contradictory;
- proactively to formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
- to study Cancer Biology and Therapy independently;
- to take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
- to conduct research in Cancer Biology and Therapy


The programme will:
- provide structured individualised learning and training in a research environment of international excellence;
- be delivered by academics at the forefront of knowledge generation ranging from molecular discovery to translational application;
- engage students in research projects using the latest technologies that generate results with scientific impact and potential for improving patient health;
- equip students for a range of biomedical scientific careers in the area of Cancer Biology and Therapy.



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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EPIB3035Research Methods for Clinical Sciences10 credits 
MEDM5101MResearch Informatics and Dissemination15 credits 
MEDM5141MThe Molecular Biology of Cancer  credits 
MEDM5201MPreparing for the Research Project
Co-requisite for: MEDM5302M
15 credits 
MEDM5211MStem Cell Biology: A Genomics and Systems Biology Approach to Haematopoiesis15 credits 
MEDM5231MCancer Drug Development  credits 
MEDM5302MResearch Project80 credits 

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 15 credits from the following optional modules:

MEDM5121MImmunity and Disease15 credits 
MEDM5131MAnimal Models of Disease15 credits 

Last updated: 17/05/2019

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