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MSc/PGDip Clinical Oncology (Full Time)

For health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology, this full-time Clinical Oncology (Full Time) programme from University of Birmingham is particularly suitable for medical professionals with an interest in clinical, medical, surgical and translational oncology.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: October
Tuition Fee: £28,640 per year (MSc)
£17,760 per year (PGDip)
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Unique to this programme is the exciting opportunity to gain clinical observership status and log your hours observing in a UK based hospital.

Courses included:

  • 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

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


Birmingham is a major centre for cancer treatment, both adult and paediatric. It is also 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 Clinical Oncology (Full Time) programme from University of Birmingham is to give you a scientific understanding of the cellular basis of cancer. We 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:

  • 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
  • will provide overseas full time students with a unique opportunity to gain clinical observership status and log your hours observing in a UK based hospital
  • can contribute towards career development and open up further career progression opportunities
  • has part-time or full-time versions available
  • meets the training requirements of the FRCR part I exams
  • will increase your personal knowledge of the practices and principles of clinical oncology and will give you the ability to improve the standards of clinical oncology practiced at your institute or place of work.


  • As this programme is 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, surgery, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry, nursing, radiography, clinical trials, 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: medicine, radiography, pharmacy, or relevant and equivalent experience/professional qualifications.

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