Master of Science by Coursework in Radiation Biology

Differences from 2014/15 to 2023/24

  • 1. The Medical Sciences Board shall elect for the supervision of the course an Organising Committee, which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

  • 2. The Organising Committee shall appointassign ana academicproject advisersupervisor for each candidate.

  • 3.  Each candidate shall follow a course of study in Radiation Biology for at least three terms and for a substantial part of the three subsequent vacations, as determined by the course timetable, and produce a certificate from their academic adviser to this effect when they submit their dissertation.

  • 4. CandidatesEach shallcandidate will be examinedrequired into pass all of the following waysassessment components:

      Each candidate must pass aA qualifying examination at the end of Michaelmas Term. The examination shall be on modules 1-64 in the Schedule.  
        Candidates who fail the qualifying examination once, shall be permitted to take it again in Week 0 of Hilary Term.

    • (ii) Each candidate will be required to submit to the examiners two copies of a typewritten or printed assignment of 3,000 words by noon, Friday of Week 8 of Hilary Term. A choiceshort ofessay assignment titles will be provided to students by Week 8 of Michaelmas Term and will have been approved by the Organising Committee. The assignment will account for 15 per cent of the final marks.

    • (iii) Each candidate must pass a three-hour written examinationsubmitted at the end of Michaelmas Term, selected from a choice of essay titles based on modules 1-4 in the Schedule. 
        (iii) An extended essay submitted in Hilary Term, (normallyselected from a choice of essay titles based on modules 5-10 in Weekthe 9Schedule. 
        (iv) A written examination in Trinity Term. The examination shall be on the modules set out5-12 in the Schedule.  
        Candidates(v) who fail the examination once, will be permitted to take it again in Week 0 of Trinity Term. The examination will account for 25 per cent of the final marks.

    • (iv) Each candidate shall undertake anAn original laboratory research project of approximately sixfive months. Candidates will be examined on their project in three ways:

        Each candidate will be required to submitSubmission to the examiners three copies of a typewritten or printed research dissertation of not more than 10,000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices) based on the research project.  
              b. Presentation to the examiners and assessors on the research project. 
              c. Examination viva voce by the examiners. 

      • 5. Candidates must pass each component in order to pass the examination overall. 
      • 6. Candidates who fail any component shall be permitted to re-take it on one further occasion only.  

      • 7. Candidates who fail a component on the second attempt will be deemed to have failed the requirements of the MSc and will not be permitted to continue on the course.  

      • 8. The essays and dissertation mustwill be submitteduploaded to the University approved assessment platform, details of which will be notified to students by athe dateCourse Administrator, by dates to be specified by the Organising Committee and which will be published in the studentCourse handbook not later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is takenHandbook.

      • b9. Each candidate will be expected to give a presentation to the examiners and assessors on his or her research project after submission of the dissertation.

      • c. Each candidate will be examined viva voce by the examiners. The dissertation, presentation and viva voce will be given a single grade and account for 60 per cent of the final marks.

  • 5. Candidates must pass the written examination in Hilary Term in order to pass the examination overall. In addition candidates must achieve an overall pass mark on the written assignment and dissertation combined.

  • 6. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

  • 7. The required written submissions must be sent to the Chair of Examiners, M.Sc. in Radiation Biology, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.

  • 8. The examiners shall retain one copy of each dissertation of each successful candidate for deposit in the Radcliffe Science Library.


The modules for study will be:

    1. 1. Physics and Chemistry of Radiation Action

    2. 2. 

    3. Molecular Radiation Biology

    4. 3. 

    5. Cellular and Tissue Radiation Biology

    6. 4.

    7. Normal Tissue and Applied Radiation Biology 
    8. Whole Body Exposure and Carcinogenesis

    9. 5. 

    10. Radiation Epidemiology

    11. 6. Radiation Protection


    12. Imaging Technologies

    13. 8. 

    14. Tumour Microenvironment

    15. 9. Principles of Clinical Radiation Biology


    16. Applications of Radiation Therapy

    17. 11. 

    18. Translational Radiation Biology

    19. 12. 

    20. Clinical Radiation Biology.

  • Radiation Protection