MSc(Res) Translational Oncology

Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Enhance your career with a masters in a specialist field. Our courses are backed by world-class interdisciplinary research.

Medicine at Sheffield is leading the way, taking a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to some of the most pressing issues in global health.

Our funding comes from research councils, the Department of Health, the EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

About the course

Lead academic: Dr Carolyn Staton

Translational oncology is the process by which laboratory research informs the development of new treatments for cancer. It's a rapidly advancing field with massive therapeutic and commercial potential.

Our MSc(Res) is taught by leading research scientists and clinicians. The course offers training in the theory and practice of translational oncology and provides you with transferable skills for your future career.

It includes a six-month research project for which you'll work as part of a team within the oncology research community at Sheffield.

Core modules

  • Cellular and Molecular Basis of Cancer
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Tumour Microenvironment
  • Cancer Technologies and Clinical Research
  • Literature Review
  • Translational Research Project


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Class discussions/workshops
  • Interactive tutorials
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Student-led group work
  • Patient encounters

Alongside the taught modules there are keynote lectures by international clinical researchers on the topic of 'bench to bedside' and a series of professional skills development tutorials.


  • Written seen exams
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Case studies
  • Written assignments
  • Oral presentation and written dissertation (for research project)

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Adnan Faizullabhoy, Department of Neuroscience

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a minimum 2:1 in a relevant science-related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in listening and 6.0 in other components.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Study environment

You'll get the opportunity to look at clinical cancer research and therapy through the eyes of survivors of the disease.

You'll be taught by leading research scientists and clinicians giving you up-to-date knowledge of advances in the field and research experience with internationally-renowned research groups.

There are regular keynote lectures by international clinical researchers as well as tutorials to develop your professional skills.

The course is based in the Department of Oncology, in the Medical School, which is part of the Cancer Research UK/Yorkshire Cancer Research Sheffield Cancer Research Centre.

Your career

Graduates work for the NHS, clinical trials centres and university spin-out companies.

Hepatitis B policy

If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you'll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.

How we teach

Classes are kept small (15-20 students) to make sure you get the best possible experience in laboratories and in clinical settings.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr Carolyn Staton
T: 0114 222 2296