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Cancer Biology and Precision Oncology

36 months
6035 GBP/year
6035 GBP/year
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The new Cancer Biology and Precision Oncology programme of The University of Edinburgh will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to tackle the challenges related to cancer diagnosis and treatment in the 21st Century.


Programme Description

The Cancer Biology and Precision Oncology programme of The University of Edinburgh will integrate an in depth understanding of the molecular basis of cancer with the knowledge and skills required to rapidly translate this understanding to new personalized treatment protocols and diagnostic tools. Individuals with this dual expertise are essential in the rapidly advancing field of precision oncology.

Courses will be delivered by expert scientists and clinicians from the world-renowned Edinburgh Medical School. They will include:

  • Hallmarks of cancer (including how the hallmarks of specific cancer types are targeted to improve patient outcomes)
  • Multi-omic approaches in oncology
  • Data analysis and communication skills in cancer research
  • Tumour host interactions (focused on immune-oncology)
  • Cancer drug discovery and clinical application

Each year the syllabus will be fine-tuned to incorporate the latest advances in molecular understanding, technologies and precision oncology. In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to undertake original research based on the expertise of cancer research scientists in the Medical School.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to enhance your career prospects and to develop your ability to apply laboratory research to personalised cancer treatment.

Some examples of who this programme will suit include:

  • health professionals working in a clinical environment (e.g., hospital-based doctors, specialist nurses, specialist GPs, veterinarians, pharmacists)
  • those who are working ever closer with the Research & Development side of the business and would like to develop the skills and scientific knowledge to apply research to patient treatment
  • biomedical science graduates working in an academic or clinical laboratory seeking a stepping-stone to a PhD
  • professionals working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries
  • mathematicians, chemists, or physicists wishing to cross disciplines
  • professionals in pharmaceutical sales who regularly liaise with scientists and clinicians

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cancer Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • Cancer Biology: Tumour-host interactions
  • Precision Oncology: Multi-omics
  • Precision oncology: From bench to beside
  • Cancer vaccine sciences
  • Cancer stem cells

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a biomedical, medical, public health, veterinary or relevant bioscience topic.
  • We may also consider your application if you have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in other STEM subjects relevant to precision oncology such as physics, chemistry, statistics, bioinformatics, mathematics, or informatics, or if you have 3-5 years of relevant work experience. Please contact the programme team to check before you apply.

Tuition Fee

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