Overview of undergraduate and graduate education

Undergraduate education

Cambridge University offers many undergraduate courses that provide a broad scientific base on which to build a career in cancer research.

All undergraduate students studying Natural Sciences, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University can take options in Biochemistry and molecular biology, Pathology and Pharmacology in their first two years, which include some lectures specifically about cancer science.

In their third year students specialising in Biochemistry, Genetics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, or Biological and Biomedical Sciences will study cancer science in greater depth. This includes lecture courses on Cancer and genetic disease, and Signalling and cancer.

High calibre Biochemistry students can continue studying for a fourth year to obtain a Master of Science degree. They gain valuable laboratory research experience through undertaking an 8 week research project based in a research institute linked to the University, and can attend lectures on Contemporary cancer studies to learn more about translational research.

Graduate education

A wide range of taught and research-based Masters and PhD degrees that are relevant to cancer research are offered in Cambridge through the Graduate School of Life Sciences and the School of Clinical Medicine.

Medical students

Preclinical medical students are introduced to different aspects of cancer science during their first three years. Cancer topics include cancer biology, chemotherapy, molecular biology and genetics of cancer, signalling and cancer. During their clinical training, students study oncology as part of the Major Adult Diseases module.

Medical students can opt to study for a PhD after their first clinical year. They undertake research for up to three years to obtain their PhD, before returning to complete the final two years of clinical training.