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Overview

The next breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis and treatment will require a workforce with the skills to understand and use a range of cutting-edge techniques and technologies, to interpret medical and research data, and to translate scientific and laboratory findings into clinical practice.

The Master of Biomedical Science (Cancer) is designed to meet the rapidly growing demand in cancer research and the biomedical industry for graduates who are trained in state-of-the-art clinical laboratory techniques and will equip students for a career in the cancer sciences.

Why study with us

  • You will study the latest techniques, developments and breakthroughs in cancer biology, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Learn from world-leading oncologists and cancer researchers from across the Faculty of Medicine and Health and its medical research institute partners.
  • Develop expertise in cancer genetics, cancer cell biology and tumour immunotherapy.
  • Gain invaluable cancer industry experience and connections when you undertake an industry capstone experience.
  • The program can also provide a solid foundation for the pursuit of a career in cancer research (e.g. a PhD)
  • Learn in a variety of environments including innovative new teaching and learning spaces, teaching and research laboratories, immersive clinical environments and online.
  • Leverage the proximity of our location to leading cancer-treatment centres such as the Chris O’Brien Life House at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre at Westmead Hospital – part of the largest hospital complex in the southern hemisphere.

Who should study this course?

The Master of Biomedical Science (Cancer) is suitable for recent science and health graduates as well as established scientists or clinicians who want to advance their careers in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This degree will allow you to hone and expand your skills and knowledge in the cancer sciences in a range of careers and settings including cancer research, clinical trials, cancer diagnostics and therapy. 

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English language proficiency

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For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

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How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

In the Master of Biomedical Science (Cancer) you’ll study 48 credit points of subjects, including two 6 credit point core units in Clinical Laboratory Science and Advanced Studies in Cancer Biology. You will also complete 24 credit points of cancer-stream selective units spanning Cancer Genomics, Diagnosis and Treatment, and Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy. Complement your studies with an elective of your choice before embarking on your 12 credit point capstone which can be a cancer research project or an industry-related project

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  CORE      
Semester 1 Clinical Laboratory Science Principles in Immunology Cancer Genomics Trial Design and Methods
Semester 2 Advanced Studies in Cancer Biology Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy Project Capstone Project Capstone

Units of Study

Capstone

In the Master of Biomedical Sciences (Cancer) you will undertake a capstone experience in the form of two 6 credit point project units. You have the option of choosing an industry project or a research project as your capstone experience, depending on your interests.

Depending on the project, the research capstone may take place with an industry partner. The capstone units enable you to bring together concepts, principles and applications developed across your award course and synthesise this with your prior learning and experience into a workable research protocol or industry project. The capstone tests your ability to integrate and consolidate your learning.

Admission criteria

Admission to the Master of Biomedical Science (Cancer) requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree with honours in science, medical or veterinary science, biomedical science, health science or a health-related discipline;
  • Or a bachelor plus a postgraduate degree in a science, medical or veterinary science, biomedical science, health science, or a health-related discipline;
  • Or a pass bachelor degree in a science, medical or veterinary science, biomedical science, health science or a health-related discipline with minimum of 24 months relevant work experience
  • Or completion of embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. 

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents. 

Future study opportunities

Outstanding graduates who complete the research capstone may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

A higher degree by research provides you with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodologies.

Career pathways

Graduates from the Master of Biomedical Science (Cancer) will have an advanced knowledge of the cancer sciences, cancer research literature and laboratory techniques related to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. They will be able to reflect critically and incorporate knowledge and skills into their practice or research; adopting an evidence-based approach in clinical and research laboratories, and in non-clinical settings. 

Contact the course coordinators

Associate Professor Scott Byrne - scott.byrne@sydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Tina Hinton - tina.hinton@sydney.edu.au

Dr Megan Steain - megan.steain@sydney.edu.au

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