BSc (Hons) Applied Biosciences: Cancer Biology

BSc (Hons) Applied Biosciences: Cancer Biology

At the start of your course you will study normal human biology and explore microbiology and immunology. This will give you detailed knowledge of what causes disease and how it affects us. Your first year modules are the same as our Biomedical Science course, giving you a broad scientific foundation.

In your second and third year, you will build on this knowledge and specialise in cancer biology. You will study:

  • The metabolic and cellular changes associated with cancer
  • Contemporary treatment options
  • Cellular signalling pathways both within and between cells
  • Pathogenic mechanisms (endogenous and exogenous).

Our practical course gives you extensive laboratory experience. You will have practical teaching sessions and can access our laboratories in your own time too. Academic and technical staff will supervise these sessions and support you. We also offer the opportunity for mentorships from students in their second year.

Use our network to build your own. We can help you find a year long placement in an industry laboratory. This extends the length of your course to 4 years and your award will change to Applied Biosciences: Cancer Biology (with placement). This is completed between year 2 and 3 and you will complete a poster presentation assessment while you are working in industry. It's a brilliant chance to gain laboratory experience and apply your scientific skills and knowledge.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from

Qualifications acceptedMinimum GradeMinimum Science requirements
A level (A2BCC (excluding General Studies)B in Biology. An AS or A2 in Chemistry is desirable. If you have CCC in all science subjects, we will consider your application
BTEC Extended DiplomaDistinction, Merit, MeritA science based BTEC or 3 biology specific modules
International Baccalaureate30 pointsA grade 5 in Higher Level Biology
Access to Higher Education Diploma45 credits at level 3 and completed within 2 yearsAccess to Science, Medicine or Health Diplomas are preferable. Broader Diplomas must include, 3 modules in Biology
  • 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language, Maths and Double Integrated Science (or equivalent)

We do not accept Adult Numeracy or Key Skills instead of GCSE Maths.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners

If you do not have standard academic qualifications, you will need to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge. You can show this through continued professional development (CPD) certificates or work based portfolios. You will also need to attend an interview as part of the recruitment process.

Career Prospects

This course will give you the experience and scientific knowledge you need for a variety of careers. The transferrable skills you gain in data analysis, communication and problem solving will also prepare you for a range of other roles in related industries.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Biotechnologist
  • Research associate
  • Immunotoxicologist
  • Quality control scientist
  • Research scientist

Course Details

Year 1

Personal and Professional Development
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Biological Modules and Reactions
Cell Biology
Biochemistry and Metabolism
Introductory Microbiology and Immunology

Year 2

Research and Analytical Methods
Haematology, Immunology and Transfusion Science
Clinical Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Cellular Signalling and Communication
Cellular Pathology

Year 3

Research Project
Cancer Biology
Molecular Immunology
Biology of Disease
Pharmacology and Toxicology

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