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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Cancer Biology and Radiotherapy Physics

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc/PGDip/PGCert
Duration
MSc: 1yr FT, 3yr PT; PGDip: 9m FT; PGCert: 6m FT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second class) or overseas equivalent in:

  • physics
  • biology

Healthcare professionals with an equivalent qualification will also be considered and may be invited to interview. We will consider applicants with a Lower Second class degree via interview.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our  online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N
PGDip Y N N N
PGCert Y N N N

Course overview

  • Develop the skills and knowledge needed for a career in cancer research and/or cancer therapy involving ionising radiation.
  • Learn from academics and clinical scientists in a range of fields, including biology, engineering, physics and oncology.
  • Access MR-Linac and proton therapy research facilities at The Christie to undertake unique research projects unavailable anywhere else in the UK and most of Europe.
  • Study at a university ranked 7th in the UK for Biological Sciences and 8th in the UK for Medicine (QS World University Rankings 2020).

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500
    International students (per annum): £24,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 £4,200; Year 2 £4,200; Year 3 £2,100
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £8,400
    International students (per annum): £19,200
  • PGCert (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,200
    International students (per annum): £9,600

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information, please visit  postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2020.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2019 or are graduating in 2020;
  • hold a first class honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/medicine/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second class) or overseas equivalent in:

  • physics
  • biology

Healthcare professionals with an equivalent qualification will also be considered and may be invited to interview. We will consider applicants with a Lower Second class degree via interview.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all components
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in all components)

See further information about requirements for your country .

If you wish to be considered for a University Pre-sessional English language course , please contact the Admissions Team pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our  online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must have the following supporting documents:
  • official degree certificates (with translations if not in English);
  • official academic transcripts of previous study showing the subjects taken and grades obtained (with translations if not in English);
  • one academic/professional reference on letter headed paper, signed and dated. Unfortunately, we cannot request references from your referees on your behalf;
  • proof of English Language certification (if appropriate);
  • a scanned copy of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form or, if this is not possible, they can be sent directly to  pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk .

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course, the Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful, you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.

We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our MSc in Cancer Biology and Radiotherapy Physics is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in cancer research and/or cancer therapy involving ionising radiation.

With around 40% of all cancer cure cases involving radiotherapy and the UK soon to have a proton therapy service, the need for multidisciplinary scientists in this field has never been greater.

We aim to develop multidisciplinary scientists to create the necessary skill base that will drive radiotherapy forward in the UK.

This course will enable you to train as a multidisciplinary scientist in this area by covering a variety of subjects in content that is delivered by staff with a range of expertise, including physicists, biologists, engineers, clinicians and oncologists.

Our collaboration with The Christie will allow you to undertake unique research projects in its radiotherapy facilities that cannot be carried out anywhere else in the UK or most of Europe.

Aims

This course aims to help you develop:

  • a sound scientific knowledge of cancer biology and radiotherapy physics;
  • the confidence to apply the scientific principles of radiotherapy to practical situations;
  • the multidisciplinary skills required for world-leading cancer research and treatment delivery;
  • a knowledge of cancer biology that can form a basis for research into existing and future treatment modalities.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught by academics from the University and clinical scientists at The Christie, meaning both fundamental science and its clinical application will be covered equally.

Units are delivered in one-week blocks with a mix of face-to-face content delivery and hands-on practical sessions.

There will be a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop your key skills and expand your knowledge base.

There is an also online pre-course element, which will be the beginning of your multidisciplinary scientific journey.

After the taught units, there is an supervised research project that will put into practice the key skills and knowledge acquired in the taught component.

Coursework and assessment

The taught units will be assessed through multiple choice exams and practical assessments.

The research project will be assessed through the submission of a short report and oral presentation.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
The Physics of Radiotherapy MEDN62321 15 Mandatory
The Biology of Cancer MEDN63231 15 Mandatory
Clinical Radiotherapy MEDN64841 15 Mandatory
Research Project MEDN67670 60 Mandatory
Radiobiology MEDN68472 15 Mandatory
Imaging for Radiotherapy MEDN62322 15 Optional
Treatment Planning MEDN63232 15 Optional
Advanced Radiotherapy MEDN65752 15 Optional
Computational Methods MEDN67572 15 Optional
Research Project MEDN67670 60 Optional
Biomarkers MEDN67672 15 Optional
Radiotherapy Dosimetry MEDN68471 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 12 course units

Course collaborators

Much of the course content is delivered through a collaboration with  The Christie .

Facilities

Our collaboration with  The Christie  means you will have access to an MRI image guided radiotherapy linear accelerator and a proton therapy centre incorporating a dedicated research room for your research project.

You will also be able to access a range of library and IT  facilities  throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the  Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

Individual taught units from this MSc can be offered to industry and healthcare professionals as part of  a career and professional development programme. Please contact us for further information.

Careers

Career opportunities

This course will help you gain the knowledge and skills to become a leading healthcare scientist in the public or private sector.

It may also be of interest if you are a healthcare worker in the field of radiotherapy who wishes to advance your career.

The master's qualification gained could act as a stepping stone to further academic qualifications or careers involving medical science research.