Postgraduate taught 

Cancer Research & Precision Oncology MSc

Cancer Research Distinguished Seminar Series BIOL5338

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Cancer Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course will enable the student to gain in depth knowledge from world experts in the cancer research field by attending seminars held at the Beatson CR-UK and Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centres. It will include writing a brief summary of 10 seminars attended and an annotated bibliography on a topic of choice to reinforce the knowledge gained from the seminar series.


Students will attend the seminars throughout semesters 1 and 2.

Excluded Courses





1. Compile an annotated bibliography (50% weighting): students will compile an annotated bibliography based on one of the cancer seminar topics. The bibliography will comprise 3 entries of approx. 500 words each which summarize the piece of literature, offer brief critique, and reflect on how the piece has benefited the students' learning in that area. ILO 1, 3


2. Reflective diaries (50% weighting): students will compile 10 reflective diaries of approx. 350 words each from attendance at 10 cancer seminars. These diaries will critically reflect on the implications of the research to the field of cancer science. ILO 1, 2

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of cancer research from world experts in the field. It will provide students with the opportunity to further investigate an area of cancer research providing training in critical evaluation of the literature and writing skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Formulate in-depth knowledge across a range of cutting-edge topics in cancer research.

2. Summarise and reflect on the knowledge acquired from the seminar series.

3. Critically evaluate current scientific literature in the field of cancer research related to the seminar topics.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.