The programme provides training in the modern practical, academic and research skills that are used in academia and industry. Through a combination of lectures, small-group seminars and practical classes, students apply this training towards the development of new therapies.
The programme culminates with a research project that investigates the molecular and cellular basis of cancer biology or the development of new therapies under the supervision of active cancer research scientists.
Reasons to study Cancer Biology & Therapeutics at Kent
- Cancer Biology & Therapeutics is a particular research strength at the University of Kent, and the curriculum has been designed by world-leading experts within their fields.
- Research in the School of Biosciences focuses on biological processes at the molecular and cellular level and spans the disciplines of biomedical, genetics, biochemistry and biotechnology research.
- The School is among the best-funded departments of its kind in the UK, and our well-equipped laboratories provide an excellent environment for both teaching and research.
- We offer a wide range of Master’s research projects for you to choose from. Find one to suit you from our projects for September 2022
- Our academic staff are leading experts in cancer biology, ensuring you receive the best possible supervision. Find out about the staff who are open to supervising research students, together with their research interests.
- Our academic staff’s connections with the clinical community ensure that you have access to the interface between biological science and business, and a true insight into how cancer research improves patient care and changes lives.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- principles and application of key techniques in modern molecular bioscience
- the molecular, cellular and physiological basis of cancer
- key contributors to the onset of carcinogenesis
- the interaction of genes and environment in the onset of cancer
- current therapeutic strategies and their application in the treatment of different cancers
- the basis for targeted treatment of specific cancer types
- the processes and procedures by which scientific knowledge is translated to patient care
- the way in which scientific knowledge is disseminated to different stakeholders: eg media, policymakers, and the public.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- research skills: how to formulate research questions and hypotheses to address scientific issues
- analytical skills: interpretation of data, marshalling information from published sources, critical evaluation of your own research and that of others
- information technology: use of appropriate technology to retrieve, analyse and present scientific information
- statistical evaluation: the use of appropriate statistical analysis methods in handling scientific data.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- experimental skills: how to design experiments to address specific research questions and hypotheses
- practical skills: key techniques in modern molecular biology and their application in molecular bioscience to solve research problems
- data handling: how to record experimental procedures and data appropriately using good laboratory practice
- presentation of scientific research: how to write research articles in an appropriate style in keeping with high-impact-factor scientific journals, and posters and oral presentation for conferences and symposia
- science writing: how to present scientific information to scientific and non-scientific audiences
- careers: a recognition of career opportunities for scientists outside the laboratory.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- communication: the ability to organise information clearly, present information in oral and written form, adapt presentation for different audiences
- reflection: make use of constructive informal feedback from staff and your peers and assess your own progress to enhance your performance and personal skills
- self-motivation and independence: time and workload management in order to meet personal targets and imposed deadlines
- team work: the ability to work both independently and as part of a research group using peer support, diplomacy and collective responsibility.
This programme aims to:
- provide an excellent quality of postgraduate-level education in the field of cancer, its biology and its treatment
- provide a research-led, inspiring learning environment
- provide a regional postgraduate progression route for the advanced study of a disease that affects a high proportion of the population
- promote engagement with biological research into cancer and inspire you to pursue a scientific career inside or outside of the laboratory
- develop subject specific and transferable skills to maximise employment prospects
- promote an understanding of the impact of scientific research on society and the role for scientists in a range of professions.