Attendance mode: Full-time
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
This is an exciting time to be involved in cancer therapeutics. Based upon a greater understanding of the molecular aspects of cancer, new opportunities for therapeutic intervention have emerged that are effectively 'target orientated'. These new therapeutics are quite distinct from the classical chemotherapeutic agents and they offer the prospect of truly selective cancer therapies that are tailored towards the individual patient's tumour. Cancer pharmacology plays a key role in drug development. In both the laboratory and the clinic, cancer pharmacology has had to adapt to the changing face of drug development by establishing experimental models and target orientated approaches.
The programme is designed to provide you with a 'state-of-the-art' course in modern cancer pharmacology that meets the demand of employers and provides an expert view of the available cancer medicines and the development of new cancer therapies.
It promotes advanced scholarship within specialised areas at the same time as the development of key transferable skills (in IT, communication, and time management) and research techniques. The taught component of the course provides the in depth knowledge and skills necessary to work in cancer research, and is delivered across 2 semesters through lectures, workshops, practicals and 1-to-1 tutorials with ICT staff. You will then join one of our research teams to complete the MSc research project.
Find out more about the School of Medical Sciences.
"I've had a really good time at Bradford. It has taught me a lot and provided me with a lot of good skills so that I am best prepared for the future. I have already got a job as a Physician Associate and I believe doing my Masters here helped me get this job."
- The course is hosted by the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics, which has an international reputation as a centre of excellence in Cancer Pharmacology
- It benefits from the multidisciplinary team of researchers in the field of anti-cancer drug design, synthesis, screening and pharmacology both at the University and through our extensive links with experts at other universities and industry
- You will also benefit from working in excellent research laboratories in a research-focused environment
- 2:2 in biological or medical sciences or other areas related to cancer pharmacology
- Applications are welcome from candidates with non-standard qualifications, who have significant relevant experience
English language requirements:
IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
- Molecular Basis of Cancer and Cancer Therapy
- Preclinical Models for Drug Evaluation
- Cancer Pharmacology
- Experimental Design
- Research and Analytical Methods
- Critical Appraisal of a Current Topic in Cancer Pharmacology
- Research Project (ICT)
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Many students go on to study for PhDs either at Bradford or elsewhere. Recent graduates are studying at Dundee, Newcastle and Glasgow universities, and at medical schools in the UK and abroad.
Those in employment are in R&D, clinical research and teaching roles.
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Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU - £7,750
International - £17,600
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.
How do I find out more?
Contact the Faculty
Hear what our students have to say about the course:
Shruti Iyer, from India, says: "My course has been very hands on and meets industry requirements. It has given me the skills I need for certain jobs. I was also taught research training methods and how to write a thesis - something I will never forget." Read more from Shruti here.
Steps to Postgraduate Study
Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).
How to apply
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2016/17 courses (September 2016 - July 2017 start dates)
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 - July 2018 start dates)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
If you are unable to apply online, please email email@example.com to request a paper application form.
We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:
- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.
You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.
If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.
They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.
Further information is available on our International Office website.
Download the programme specification for Cancer Pharmacology
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.