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MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Science)

Learning outcomes

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.

Transferable (key) skills

Masters students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice;
- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
- self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- critically to engage in the development of disciplinary boundaries and norms.


For the degree of Masters, students will be assessed by a variety of methods, including oral and poster presentations, journal clubs, literature reviews and research reports, in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:
- evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline;
- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
- drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;
- evaluating and criticising received opinion;
- make sound judgements whilst understanding their limitations due to the incompleteness of data


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