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MSc in Oncology

The taught course in Oncology is a day-release modular programme designed for medically qualified candidates who intend to pursue a professional career in some aspect of clinical or medical oncology, either as a clinical academic or a clinician.

This course is for medically qualified candidates who currently work in the NHS (or a similar clinical service provider) and plan to complete Specialist Registrar training;

This course will help you develop your career by equipping you with a high level understanding of the theory and practice of cancer science, of advanced cancer treatment, and the science of cancer research – all to the benefit of cancer patients.

The course adopts a modular, credit accumulation model as follows

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Oncology: 60 credits (One academic year – part-time)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Oncology: 120 credits (Two academic years – part-time)
  • MSc in Oncology: 180 credits (Four academic years – part-time)

The curriculum will equip students in the field of Clinical Oncology to sit the Part 1 and Part 2 examinations for Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR). However, the course is not specifically designed as a preparatory or revision course for the FRCR exams. For Medical Oncologists, the course meets the identified need for a theoretical basis to their structured training.

Ranked 1st for overall satisfaction

A recent UK-wide survey of postgraduate taught students (PTES 2018) shows that the ICR is ranked 1st against other higher education providers (105 institutions) for the overall satisfaction that our MSc students have with the quality of their course (97%).

95% of the MSc in Oncology students agreed that the course is well organised and run smoothly. 87% agreed that there is sufficient contact time to support effective learning.

Our students also commend the part-time delivery of the course and praise our high standard of teaching:

“Having a dedicated day each week to studying really encourages learning which might otherwise be neglected in busy clinical jobs. I particularly enjoyed the enthusiasm of the lecturers who were experts in their field but took the time to teach us.”

“It has been really inspirational to get back to formal education and to have formal theoretical basis of my clinical practice explored via the course. This course will definitely support my clinical practice. All of the lecturers have thus far been very good and the standard of lecturers and professors that deliver the teaching is very high.”

PhD studentships

Applications for our main PhD recruitment round have opened. We’re searching for the brightest minds in cancer research. The deadline for applications is 17 November.

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