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2022/23 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 Milene Volpato Contact address:M.Volpato@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 Assessment 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.



Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

MEDM5101MResearch Informatics and Dissemination15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MEDM5141MThe Molecular Biology of Cancer15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MEDM5161MMethods in Biomedical Research15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MEDM5201MPreparing for the Research Project
Co-requisite for: MEDM5303M
15 credits1 Jan to 30 Apr
MEDM5211MStem Cell Biology: A Genomics and Systems Biology Approach to Haematopoiesis15 credits1 Jan to 30 Apr
MEDM5231MCancer Drug Development15 credits1 Jan to 30 Apr
MEDM5303MResearch Project75 credits1 Mar to 31 Aug

Optional modules:

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

MEDM5121MImmunity and Disease15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MEDM5131MAnimal Models of Disease15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:43:37

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