MSc Cancer Immunotherapy with Advanced Research

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

About the course

The use of the immune system in cancer therapy is a prevailing ambition in the field. You’ll gain expert knowledge of the numerous ways cancers and the immune system interact so you can learn how cancer immunotherapies are developed. We’ll provide a thorough understanding of immune effector mechanisms and cancer biology. You’ll develop a range of personal skills through self-directed learning and our problem-based approach to teaching.

Why choose this course?

  • You’ll be taught by our expert staff and innovative speakers from the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Our modern Science Building provides excellent facilities for laboratory experiments, including DNA and genomic analysis eg QPCR, protein and proteomic science (eg MALDI-ToF), cell culture and Enzyme-based assays, isolated tissue studies and immunohistochemistry.
  • When you graduate, you’ll be equipped to work in a broad range of fields including medical or pharmaceutical research and development, clinical trials, public health and epidemiology, academia research, medical writing and science journalism, education, or patent law.
  • We adopt a blended learning approach to teaching, focussing on problem-based scenarios so you can develop strong critical analysis skills. You’ll benefit from exposure to practical techniques and guaranteed laboratory-based research projects.
  • We offer extended 12-month research projects for successfully interviewed candidates.

What will I study?

You’ll benefit from the research interests of the Bioscience Research Group. These include studies of the tumour microenvironment and communication with infiltrating immune cells, the methods tumours employ to diminish the effectivity of immune effector mechanisms and how tumours communicate using Extracellular Vesicles with pre-metastatic sites. We’ll teach topics such as Adoptive T cell therapy, tumour-associated macrophages, NK cells, monoclonal antibodies in cancer therapy, vaccines, microbial cancer therapies and immune checkpoint blockade.

Our teaching will be delivered through lectures, tutorials and practical classes. You’ll immerse yourself in a research project which utilises problem-based and self-directed learning. You’ll explore case studies to gain a strong critical understanding. Through your research projects, carried out in our innovative Science Building and supervised by world-leading researchers, you’ll be trained in data collection, analysis and its interpretation. You’ll also benefit from expert external speakers from the biopharmaceutical industry.

Professional Accreditations

Subject to validation, this course will be accrediated by the Royal Society for Biology Accreditation.

What job can I get?

You could make a valuable contribution to the ambitious work of cancer immunologists and play a key role in the activation of immune effector mechanisms for cancer therapy. Your skills and knowledge will be sought after in a range of careers in the immunotherapy industries. For example, Roche, Merck, Astra Zeneca and small to medium-sized enterprises. You could work in medical or pharmaceutical research and development, clinical trials, public health and epidemiology, academia research, medical writing and science journalism, education, or patent law. Alternatively, you may use your MSc Cancer Immunotherapy with Advanced Research to underpin an application to study for a research degree such as MRes, MSc by Research, or a PhD in a related field.

Subject to validation

This course is due to be validated at a Validation conditions event which will be held in June 2020.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Validation.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Validation process in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Please note that some of the images and videos on our course pages may have been taken before social distancing rules in the UK came into force.