MSc/PGDip/PGCert Cancer Studies
This MSc course offers an innovative interdisciplinary perspective on the study of cancer, and provides the opportunity to undertake advanced study in Oxford, a world-renowned academic location, with a new Cancer Centre and a range of expert practitioners working in the cancer field. The department hosts the prestigious HRH Prince Sultan Chair in Cancer Care and the Cancer Care research group.
Three core modules, which encompass both biological and social sciences, provide the foundation. These equip you to apply key theories and concepts critically, and to develop the skills required to engage in debates about the impact of cancer on the individual, the family and society. A wide range of additional modules offers the opportunity to examine aspects of cancer in greater detail from different perspectives, ranging from professional practice to historical perspectives, from epidemiological and medical research to biotechnology.
This exciting master's course is open to UK, EU and international applicants. It will appeal to a wide range of individuals who wish to gain an understanding of cancer and its impact from a range of different perspectives. They include social science and humanities graduates, science graduates who do not wish to pursue a laboratory-based career, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, science and medical journalists, people working for medical charities and in the pharmaceutical industry, individuals who have been affected by cancer (either themselves or a family member).
The unique features of this course include:
Interdisciplinary, cross-university teaching in epidemiology, public health, applied biology, history, ethics and law;
A range of optional modules to support and complement individual interests and needs;
Links with the local hospitals, Primary Care Trusts, the Oxford Cancer Centre, and the Thames Valley Cancer Network.
This multidisciplinary course aims to equip you with an understanding of the impact of cancer on the individual, family and society, and to apply key theories and concepts to these topics.
As the MSc is interdisciplinary, you will have considerable scope for defining your dissertation topic and choosing an appropriate research methods module from the fields of biology, health care, history, sociology, business, education, and law.
The final award depends upon the number of modules you take. A PGCert requires the successful completion of three modules and the PGDip requires the successful completion of six modules. The MSc requires the successful completion of nine modules, which must include an advanced research methods module and a dissertation (triple module).
The programme team value students as partners in delivery of the programme and you will be given opportunities to be involved in all aspects of your programme, its management and delivery. Different students will bring different experiences and cultures and will be encouraged to share this with each other. You will be expected to take responsibility for your own learning and also to contribute to the learning of your peers on the programme. The programme includes a ‘taught’ element, informed by relevant national and international research and evidence-based literature, and this is designed to be a starting point for critical reading and reflection. Mutual support between students enhances the learning experience and will be strongly encouraged.
In order to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed:
Lectures introduce students to new areas of study and provide the context for further independent reading and practical work;
Group activities (e.g. seminars, workshops, presentations) are used as a means of sharing knowledge and experience, developing critical skills, and emphasising the inter-disciplinary nature of the course;
Presentation skills are developed through student-led seminars, presentations to peers, and some of the assessments.
Assessment plays a key role in ensuring that you develop and demonstrate the required knowledge and skills to successfully complete your programme. The types of assessments used within your programme are varied and chosen because of their appropriateness for individual module and programme learning outcomes and content, the academic standard expected and different learning styles.
Assessments are used to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice. The assessments will also give you experience of transferable skills that will prove valuable to you in your future career. You will be given the opportunity to submit draft work for feedback and formative assessment.
International Student Requirements:
If your first language is not English you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level. An IELTS 6.5-7.0 overall, or equivalent is required for this course.