Programme convener: Dr Alistair Hunter (Department of Radiation Medicine).

Admission requirements: BSc degree in the biological sciences. The RAY2001W course is a strong recommendation. At the discretion of the course convenors, those with a BSc in radiation sciences may be considered if their degrees have a strong biological component.

HEQF credits: 120

Programme outline


The programme aims to introduce students to an academic or research career in biological aspects of oncology with emphasis on radiation biology and radiotherapy. The course prepares students for further post-graduate studies in relevant areas of the biomedical sciences as well as professional service careers in radiobiology.

The programme consists of a series of 2-3 week modules over one year covering core aspects of Radiobiology and scientific aspects of Oncology. Students will also be required to conduct a research project and literature review. During the year, students will be expected to participate in departmental meetings including seminars and journal clubs.


  1. Techniques
  2. Cellular Radiobiology
  3. Normal Tissue Radiobiology
  4. Radiobiological Modelling
  5. Radiosensitizers and Protectors
  6. Special Radiation Modalities
  7. Chemotherapeutic Drugs and Targeted Agents
  8. Medical Radiation Physics
  9. Cancer Biology
  10. Tumour Microenvironment, Metabolism and Functional Imaging
  11. Clinical End-points in Oncology
Assessment % contribution to total mark
Class tests at completion of each module 20%
Three written papers at the end of the year 50%
Literature Review and essay 10%
Research Project 20%