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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Strathclyde

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Why this course?

The MSc in Cancer Therapies is unique in the UK. It's a multifaceted course and the only one which combines a focus on cancer biology, drug discovery, formulation and delivery with radiation biology. You'll also gain an understanding of the practical, ethical and economic implications of personalised cancer therapy. The degree is for graduates seeking experience in the range of topics essential to the understanding and development of cancer therapies.

You'll be taught in the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, recognised as one of the leading departments of its kind in the UK. The Institute has major facilities for radiobiology and radiopharmaceutical research. It also hosts the Cancer Research UK Drug Formulation Unit – the only one of its kind in the UK. You'll therefore be taught by researchers working at the forefront of basic, translational, industrial and clinical cancer research in the biomedical and physical sciences arenas.

The course has been developed to produce world-class graduates with the skills to contribute to the global drive in advancing cancer treatment through research, teaching, industry and public sector employment.

What you'll study

Studying with us will provide you with the skills to assess, analyse, critically appraise and evaluate current and emerging anti-cancer therapies and the drug discovery cascade – from target evaluation and engagement to clinical trials.

The course will also provide you with the specialist research training and a breadth of skills needed for your future career. It's been designed in response to a growing demand from academia, industry and health care providers for a course which focuses on current and emerging cancer therapies, in a format which covers essential multidisciplinary aspects of the topic.

By the end of this course you will:

  • have a working knowledge of the range of topics in biology, physical sciences and radiobiology to prepare you for a career in cancer therapies
  • understand the principles of developing drugs for cancer therapies; this is highly relevant for therapy development in other diseases
  • be able to carry out independent work of a publishable standard
  • gain unique skills suitable for a career in the pharmaceutical or health care industries
  • be able to continue your research career into a PhD programme

The generic skills you'll gain will help you excel in your future career and also provide specialist subject experience in:

  • personalised cancer medicine in the global context
  • radiotherapy as a diagnostic and as a single or combinational treatment with drugs.
  • current and future radiotherapy provision, nuclear medicine and radiopharmacueticals
  • the challenges of drug discovery, formulation and delivery enabling you to evaluate the drug discovery pipeline including:
  • the opportunity to develop anti-cancer agents
  • medicinal chemistry
  • screening
  • secondary assays



The MSc in Cancer Therapies is designed for those wishing to pursue careers in:

  • healthcare
  • academia (research and teaching)
  • scientific research
  • industry

The course offers unique content which spans the entire cancer therapies spectrum from basic biology and genetics to drug design, delivery and radiotherapy. It provides an excellent base for traversal to many career destinations in the cancer field.

The course by its design also will enable graduates to apply this knowledge to other diseases and research fields in the biological, healthcare and physical sciences arena. After graduating you'll be ideally qualified for positions in biomedical and pharmaceutical industries as well as hospitals and universities.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 20,350per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Strathclyde

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  • Campus address

    University of Strathclyde, McCance Building, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G1 1XQ, Scotland

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