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Cancer Biology Summer School

A cancer biology summer school student working in the lab during a laboratory session.
A cancer biology summer school student working in the lab during a laboratory session.

The lectures and workshops in this summer school will introduce you to numerous topics around cancer biology.

This Summer School is now closed for 2019 applications.

The cancer biology summer school is hosted jointly by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the School of Biosciences.

In this course you would be sampling the pharmacy undergraduate curriculum in one of UK’s best schools of pharmacy and pharmacological sciences.

The lectures and workshops will be delivered by our cancer experts with topics focused on:

  • cancer cell biology
  • cancer drug design
  • the biological basis of metastasis
  • strategies in anti-cancer therapeutics
  • bioinformatics
  • the current research activities in these areas at Cardiff University.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 13 July 2019Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 14 July 2019Social event
Monday 15 July 2019Welcome talk and introduction to the programme

Lecture: Hallmarks of a cancer cell

Lecture: Signal transduction

English language/ British culture workshop
Tuesday 16 July 2019Lecture: Hormone receptors in breast cancer
Lecture: Cancer metastasis
Lecture: How are cancer drugs made?

Scientific communication workshop
Wednesday 17 July 2019Lecture: Molecular modelling in cancer drug discovery

Workshop: Second generation DNA sequencing
Thursday 18 July 2019Lecture: Cancer biology: mechanisms and therapeutics
Workshop: Use of computer based approach to design anti-cancer drugs

Case study: Designing novel aromatase inhibitors

Case study: Novel strategies in anti-cancer therapeutics
Friday 19 July 2019Visit to the National Botanical Garden of Wales
Saturday 20 July 2019Social event
Sunday 21 July 2019Social event
Monday 22 July 2019Bioinformatics workshop
English language/ British culture workshop
Tuesday 23 July 2019Lecture: Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia treatments and molecular mechanisms

Case study: Development of ovarian cancer drug

Laboratory workshop
Wednesday 24 July 2019Laboratory workshop

Social event
Thursday 25 July 2019Laboratory workshop
Friday 26 July 2019Scientific communication workshop - Research presentation

Research experience

Reflection, course feedback and evaluation

Final Gala Ceremony
Saturday 27 July 2019Departure from Cardiff (Drop off to Heathrow provided)


The fee for the Summer School is £1,920.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 13 July, drop off is on 27 August) and excursions organised by the University.

Contact us

If you have any questions or need more information, please email us:

Biomedical and Life Sciences Summer Schools