The course offers instruction in current concepts and techniques used in cancer research and is suitable for biological sciences graduates who aim to pursue a career in this field either in industry or an academic research institute. The course also provides a link for graduates wishing to enter a PhD programme either in cancer research or a related field.
The course comprises five modules. The first four modules include lectures, tutorials and a three-month taught laboratory course. The fifth module comprises a 9-month cancer research project carried out in a research laboratory either at Leicester University, at a UK Cancer Research Institute or in an industrial laboratory.
Continuous assessment is a major element of the course. Students are assessed on performance in both the formal laboratory course and three written examinations. The laboratory research project constitutes 60% of the assessment for the course. There is also a viva voce examination at the end of the course.