MSc Clinical Oncology

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students, applicants and offer holders about study opportunities and how to prepare for the MSc Clinical Oncology.

This course is designed for health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology, this full-time programme is particularly suitable for medical professionals with an interest in clinical, medical, surgical and translational oncology.

Dr Jean Assender (Programme Lead) will be available online between 10:30-11:30 for the Live Q&A to answer your questions about the programme.

Ten of our postgraduate mentors studied on relevant programmes and you are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study in the College:

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    Jean is the programme lead for Clinical Oncology and a Lecturer in Cancer Sciences with an interest in breast cancer. (Live Q&A 10:30-11:30)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the MSc Clinical Oncology live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check www.pg.bham.ac.uk now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Nyein Su asked:

Hello Dr Jean, is there any textbooks or journals that you would like to recommend or suggest for us , before commencing our course in September? I’m weak in Statistics and research methodology , so any recommended books ,Dr?

jean assender replied:

Hello

The main pre-reading we recommend is cell biology type text books- as this is the first module you will do:

The Biology of Cancer

Robert A. Weinberg

Second Edition

Garland Science ISBN-10: 0815342209

Excellent book for Module 1

Introduction to Cancer Biology

Robin Hesketh

Cambridge University Press

ISBN-10: 1107601487

2. General reading

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

William H. Elliot and Daphne C. Elliot.

Oxford University Press, 1997. Many good basic chapters on biochemistry and molecular

biology. Also includes a chapter on molecular biology.

Molecular Biology of the Cell 2nd Edition

B. Alberts, D. Bray, J. Lewis, M. Raff, K. Roberts & J.D. Watson

Garland Publishing, Inc.

Many good basic chapters on cell biology and immunology. Excellent chapter on cancer.

Molecular Biology of the Gene 6th Edition

J.D Watson, et al

The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Corp. Inc.

Excellent chapters on ‘The control of cell proliferation’, ‘The genetic basis of cancer’ and “The origins of human cancer’.

Previous editions also have these chapters.

3. Useful weblinks for basis information.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQdwojiYDo4 Good YouTube video of a lecture on the molecular basis of cancer; will introduce you to much of the terminology. 2

http://www.biooncology.com/molecular-causes-of-cancer. Covers several aspects of “Hallmarks of Cancer” in an easy to digest format.

GENERAL READING ABOUT BASIC CELL ANF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY IS AN ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT. AREAS OF RELEVANCE INCLUDE:

THE STRUCTURE OF A CELL

 THE REPLICATION OF DNA & CELL DIVISION

 THE TRANSFER OF INFORMATION FROM DNA TO RNA, AND FROM RNA TO PROTEIN

 HOW THE BODY FIGHTS INFECTION

 GENOMIC STRUCTURE

 

You will get the teaching you need to research methods and statistics- and recommendations at the time, so I wouldn’t particularly recommend reading up on this in advance

Nur asked:

Hi, may I know if it is possible for me to get the course schedule / timetable?

jean assender replied:

Hello

the programme is delivered in intensive week long blocks and the order you do these will depend on which strand of the programme you join (PT/ FT/ FRCR).  On the spreadsheet below you will see the weeks when blocks run and you need to pick which route you will be taking in your first year.  Each week is 9.30 on Monday morning to 5pm and 9-5 each other day

 

Week Run

Mod

Code

No of Days

week

Module

Part-time Yr1

Full time

FRCR (Yr1)

PT 2ndYr

18/09/2017

2

21-22 Sep 2017

Welcome wk & CO Induction

Yes

Yes

Yes

25/09/2017

02/10/2017

146

5

2-6 Oct 2017

Cellular & Molecular Biology of Cancer

Yes

Yes

Yes

09/10/2017

16/10/2017

16727

4

16-19 Oct 2017

CCP

Yes

Opt

23/10/2017

30/10/2017

29335

5

30 Oct – 3 Nov 2017

Research methods & Stats

Yes

Yes

Yes

06/11/2017

5-8 Nov 2017

NCRI Conference

13/11/2017

23208

5

13-17 Nov 2017

Translational Research

Opt

Opt

20/11/2017

27/11/2017

16736

5

27 Nov – 1 Dec 2017

Advanced Cancer Clinical Trials

Opt

Opt

04/12/2017

Systematic Reviews

Opt

Opt

11/12/2017

18212

5

11-15 Dec 2017

Radiobiology

Opt

Yes

Opt

18/12/2017

Christmas Hols

25/12/2017

Christmas Hols

01/01/2018

Christmas Hols

08/01/2018

Systematic Reviews

Opt

Opt

15/01/2018

18210

5

15-19 Jan 2018

Molecualr Pathology of Cancer

Yes

Yes

2nd Yr

22/01/2018

29/01/2018

29334

5

29 Jan – 2 Feb 2018

Surgical Oncology and Perioperative Management

Yes

Yes

05/02/2018

Opt

12/02/2018

16732

5

12-16 Feb 2018

Radiation Physics I

Opt

Yes

Opt

19/02/2018

Half Term

26/02/2018

05/03/2018

29330

5

5-9 Mar 2018

Cancer Therapy

Yes

Yes

Yes

12/03/2018

19/03/2018

18212

5

19-23 Mar 2018

Radiation Physics II

Opt

Yes

Opt

26/03/2018

Easter

02/04/2018

Easter

09/04/2018

16/04/2018

23219

5

16-20th April 2018

Paediatric Oncology

Opt

Opt

23/04/2018

30/04/2018

18212

4.5

30 Apr – 4th May 2018

Haemato-Oncology

Opt

Opt

07/05/2018

14/05/2018

23221

5

14-18 May 2018

Palliative Care

Opt

Opt

21/05/2018

Exam Board

28/05/2018

Half term

04/06/2018

11/06/2018

29330

3

11-15 Jun 2018

Cancer Therapy (11-14) & Dissertation Posters (15)

Yes

Yes

Yes

18/06/2018

25/06/2018

02/07/2018

2-6 Jul 2018

Re- sit period

Yes

Yes

Yes

09/07/2018

Unique to this programme is the exciting opportunity to gain clinical observership status and log your hours observing in a UK based hospital.

Jean Assender asked:

Welcome to the MSc Clinical Oncology virtual open day- please leave your question

Jean Assender replied: