M.Sc. Online

Precision Cancer Medicine

University of Oxford

24 months
15165 GBP/year
7070 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Precision Cancer Medicine programme at the University of Oxford is a two year, part-time, online course that will provide you with the multidisciplinary skillset and knowledge required to design, conduct and lead precision medicine research.


The Precision Cancer Medicine programme at the University of Oxford will appeal to health professionals from a variety of backgrounds including clinical academics, diagnosticians, scientists and clinicians from academia and industry; bio-informaticians, statisticians and scientists and clinicians working in all stages of target discovery and drug development.

Precision medicine is an emerging approach which takes into account variability in the biology, environment, and lifestyle for each individual person to help guide disease diagnosis and treatment. In particular, genetic and genomic data allow us to go beyond conventional histopathological assessment, and classify cancer into distinct sub-entities, leading to novel molecularly-directed treatment approaches.


You will be assigned a personal advisor from the course team, who will help you review your progress, and discuss any concerns you have; your course advisor and the course administration team will usually be your first port of call for any queries about your studies. You will also have an advisor at your Oxford college, whose support you can seek for issues you choose not to discuss with the course team.  During the research project you will be allocated a project supervisor who will be responsible for your supervision and training. 

The allocation of graduate supervision is the responsibility of the Department of Oncology and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. A supervisor may be found outside the Department of Oncology. 

Graduate destinations

This is a new course, with the first cohort due to start in October 2020. It is expected that graduates will hold senior positions in a variety of roles, as clinical academics, diagnosticians, scientists and clinicians in academia, health services and the pharmaceutical industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine
  • Clinical Interpretation of Precision Diagnostics and Response Monitoring
  • Treatment, Pharmacogenomics, Clinical Trials and Experimental Cancer Therapeutics
  • Clinical Bio-informatics and Statistics
  • Ethics and Health Economics

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Applications may remain open after this deadline if places are still available


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
    • CV/résumé
    • Statement of purpose/personal statement: A maximum of 700 words
    • Written work: Two essays of a maximum of 2,000 words each
    • References/letters of recommendation: Three overall, all of which must be academic

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15165 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15165 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    7070 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7070 GBP per year during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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