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‘Expanding my knowledge’ – a Q&A with one of our MSc in Oncology students


In addition to offering PhD and MD(Res) opportunities, the ICR also runs a popular MSc in Oncology. This course is a day release modular programme designed for medically qualified candidates who intend to pursue a professional career in some aspect of clinical or medical oncology.

Posted on 08 July, 2017 by Keith Bradnam

Pathology slides (Jan Chlebik for the ICR, 2011)

In this final post as part of our inaugural Teaching Week, we speak to Dr Aspazia Spyrou who told us about her experiences gained during her MSc in Oncology. Dr Spyrou is an Oncology Registrar at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

What key skills have you learnt during your MSc?

Doing my MSc at the ICR was a much needed experience. It allowed me to understand cancer biology better.

It made me go away and study more about the pharmacological agents we use. And last, but not least, it gave me an important platform on which to build better radiotherapy skills.

Sitting in clinic and seeing a new patient as a junior registrar doesn’t feel as intimidating anymore.


How would you describe the quality of teaching you have received?

The overall quality of teaching is excellent. This is not just about attending a class. It's more than that with very approachable and friendly lecturers!

I must also give credit to the ICR for organising all of the hands-on radiotherapy sessions for us. Really fun and so useful!


Why do you think the ICR is ranked so highly as a higher education institution?

The ICR is pioneering in oncology research. The lecturers that deliver our teaching are clinicians and scientists that have an extraordinary drive for what they do.


What’s the best thing about doing a Masters at the ICR?

There are a number of points I would like to emphasise. First of all, doing an MSc in Oncology at the ICR means you are attending a highly focused course in your field of interest. This can only boost your knowledge and CV.

Secondly, you get to meet people and colleagues from other parts of the country (or the world!) with whom you share this year-long experience.

Thirdly, you get opportunities! Lecturers and clinician scientists are constantly offering research experience to students and all you need to do is be proactive and grab those opportunities.


How do you think this qualification will help your career progress?

Immensely! It has already expanded my knowledge and enhanced my CV. Furthermore, making connections with the research world can only be beneficial, especially in a fast-expanding field like Oncology.

Our MSc in Oncology course is designed for students who are currently working in the NHS (or similar clinical service provider) and will suit those who are planning to complete Specialist Registrar training. 

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