Cancer Biology

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
ECTS: 90 credits

Course Director
Dr Olivier Pardo

Stream Director
Cancer Biology
Dr Hector Keun

Stream Director
Cancer Informatics
Dr James Flanagan

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This course is comprised of two streams:

  • Cancer Biology – providing a broad training in research and prepares students for a research career in cancer biology.
  • Cancer Informatics – offering world-class training in research at the interface between computational and clinical translational science

This one-year full-time course provides a broad training in research and prepares students for a research career in cancer biology.

Our emphasis is on a research-orientated approach, and the programme comprises both theoretical and practical elements.

The course embraces cutting-edge developments in the field, and you will experience some of the most technologically advanced approaches currently being applied to the broad field of cancer research.

The course comprises an initial 4/5-week taught component in which the cellular and molecular basis of cancer biology are covered, plus an introduction to the clinical and pathological aspects of carcinogenesis.

This information is contained within the lectures which will partly be on the lecturer's own research, making use of the excellent researchers we have within Imperial College London.

Within this period will also be a series of workshops covering key transferable skills such as oral presentation of scientific data and grant writing.

It is followed by a split, where the Cancer Biology stream will enter their first of two research placements of approximately 20 weeks, while students on the Cancer Informatics stream will receive 3 weeks of specialist training in informatics.

Following this, you will enter your projects (15 weeks, and then 20 weeks).


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.


Cancer Biology

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Grant Writing Exercise
  • Poster presentation
  • Project 1 – Cancer Biology
  • Project 2
  • Statistics

Cancer Biology

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Bioinformatics
  • Grant Writing Exercise
  • Poster presentation
  • Project 1 – Informatics
  • Project 2
  • Statistics


Teaching and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Technical workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars


  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Research project

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.


We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

2:1 Honours degree in an appropriate science subject.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by one of our three deadlines below. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

  • 31 January 2017
  • 26 April 2017
  • 31 July 2017

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

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Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

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