MSc./PGDiploma On Campus

Clinical Oncology (Part Time)

University of Birmingham

12870 GBP/year
4905 GBP/year
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Aiming to allow you to understand the research process, this programme draws on examples from within this renowned research Institute and its associated Clinical Trials Unit. A key part of this Clinical Oncology (Part Time) programme from University of Birmingham is the planning, execution and reporting of a piece of independent study leading to submission of a dissertation.


At all levels we aim to encourage interactive rather than didactic learning and lecturing. Therefore, in addition to assembling and learning facts you will also be encouraged to consider some of the philosophical challenges which underlie the treatment of cancer.

The Clinical Oncology (Part Time) programme from University of Birmingham is studied part time over 2.5 years and includes a taught element plus a work place based dissertation. During the first year you normally study 4 taught modules (5 weeks of attendance), whilst in the second year you normally study 3 taught modules (3 weeks of attendance) plus start your dissertation. The programme however is intended to be flexible and other patterns of study are permitted (please discuss with the programme lead (Dr Jean Assender). In particular it is possible to just initially complete some of the modules as standalone CPD modules and then later decide to apply and covert these to a PG Diploma or MSc qualification on completion of the remaining requirements.

Why study this course?

Birmingham is a major centre for cancer treatment, both adult and paediatric, is home to the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre, part of the 100,000 genomes project, led from University Hospital Birmingham and has a CRUK Cancer Centre which was re-established at the University of Birmingham in 2017.

The aim of this programme is to give you a scientific understanding of the cellular basis of cancer. We will then discuss how understanding the molecular pathology of the disease can help in stratifying patients to personalised cancer therapeutic approaches and disease management.

This course:

  • is run at the Cancer Research UK Birmingham Centre
  • draws on expertise from staff within the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences and clinical staff from Birmingham hospitals plus invited speakers from across the country
  • meets the training requirements of the FRCR part I exams
  • can contribute towards career development and open up further career progression opportunities
  • can be tailored to suit your own interests by selecting from a choice of optional modules
  • has part-time or full-time versions available

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cellular and Molecular Basis of Cancer
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Molecular Pathology in Stratified Cancer Medicine
  • Cancer Therapy
  • Perioperative management of oncology patients undergoing surgery
  • Dissertation 

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Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • As this is a course focused around professional practice it is essential that you have at least six months experience working in an oncology environment. This may include experience in medicine, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry, nursing, radiography, clinical trials, scientific research, veterinary medicine, biostatistics and other related disciplines.
  • You will also need an undergraduate degree in a suitable subject. This could include, but is not restricted to, the following fields: bioscience, medicine, radiography, veterinary medicine or relevant and equivalent experience/professional qualifications.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12870 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12870 GBP per year
  • National

    4905 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4905 GBP per year


  • UK: £3,270
  • International: £8,580

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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