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An opportunity for medical, dental and veterinary students to gain an in-depth understanding of Cancer Frontiers

Introduction

The BSc Medical Sciences with Cancer Frontiers programme is designed to provide an understanding of the scientific basis of cancer and how this relates to diagnosis and treatment. The course has a strong translational emphasis and will introduce you to cutting-edge technologies, many of them being pioneered at Imperial. The course will comprise three core teaching blocks, a self-directed learning block involving independent and group work, and a 14-week research project. Topics covered include:

  • The Hallmarks of Cancer
  • Cancer models – 3D, animal models and patient avatars
  • Cancer and the immune system - viruses, vaccines and immunotherapy
  • Precision medicine – understanding and applying ‘omics and informatics
  • Frontiers in imaging and bioengineering
  • Advances in surgery, treatments and trials

The programme is supported by a diverse team of clinicians and teaching fellows with a broad range of expertise. In addition, you will be taught by experts from the Division of Cancer and the Division of Surgery, many of whom will be offering clinical and laboratory research projects.

The Course Director is Dr Robert Kypta (r.kypta@imperial.ac.uk).


Aims and Objectives

The programme aims to create clinicians and academics with the ability to interpret and inform best practice, and to extend boundaries of current thinking in medical science. It also provides a foundation in scientific methodology and analytical approaches from which students can grow into a competent clinicians and clinical researcher.s By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Recognise the hallmarks of cancer and their roles cancer development and progression
  • Critically appraise the literature, synthesise evidence and opinion, and identify knowledge gaps
  • Show how advances in imaging, treatment regimes, surgery, informatics and engineering are being used to improve patient outcomes
  • Organise, analyse and report laboratory and clinical data, independently and as part of a group
  • Communicate technical and non-technical information through a range of methods, to a variety of audiences

Detailed course information can be found in the BSc Cancer Frontiers Course Guide.


Eligibility

This is a one-year intercalated BSc. To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Be registered on a recognised Medical, Dental or Veterinary course at a UK or Irish university.
  • Have completed at least one year of that course before you apply to Imperial. i.e. you must be at least in Year 2 in 2022/23.
  • Have at least one year of your degree left when you return to your home institution after completing your intercalated BSc.

Application Process

You can apply online now. The application deadline for 2023-24 entry is 16.00 on Friday 3 March 2023.

Selection is based on your application form and the supporting documents you will upload with your application. Please find further information about the application process in the downloadable Imperial College London Intercalated BSc Guide for 2023-24 entry (PDF).

If you have any queries about the application process, please email the BSc Programmes Team at feo.bsc@imperial.ac.uk.

Second Round of Applications

Unsuccessful or wait-listed applicants will be given the opportunity to make a second application to any BSc course with space remaining.


Course Structure

BSc Cancer Frontiers will run from Monday 25 September 2023 until Friday 24 May 2024. The term dates can be found in the downloadable  Provisional BSc Dates and Course Structure 2023-24 (PDF).

The course is comprised of three modules:

  • A 12-week teaching block where students gain specialism-specific knowledge and skills, alongside their core research training
  • A 5-week self-directed learning block involving a clinical case study and group work
  • A 14-week supervised research project

Please find in-depth information about the course content in the BSc Cancer Frontiers Course Guide.


Find out more about BSc Cancer Frontiers

Introduction to BSc Cancer Frontiers

The BSc Cancer Frontiers Course Director, Dr Robert Kypta, Teaching Fellow, Dr Joana dos Santos and Module Leads provide an introduction to the course and studying at Imperial.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Tuition Fees for the course?

Tuition fee rates are the same as the Imperial College London MBBS Course. Further information can be found here.

How can I learn more about the course?

Please find further information in the BSc Medical Sciences with Cancer Frontiers Course guide.

Can I speak to a current student?

Yes! Please contact the BSc Cancer Frontiers Course Administrator, Demi Corr (demi.corr@imperial.ac.uk), who will be happy to put you in touch with a current student.

How many places are available on the course?

We set 10 course spaces aside for intercalating students from other universities.

What is the ratio of internal Imperial students to intercalating students from other universities?

We usually end up with approximately a 50:50 split between Imperial students and intercalating students from other universities.

How competitive is the application process?

In the past few academic years, we have been pleased to offer the majority of applicants a place on the course. 

When will I receive the outcome of my application?

We aim to respond to applicants by the end of March.