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Cancer Biology Summer School

The Cancer Biology Summer School is designed to provide you with an overview of a variety of topics around the rapidly advancing field of Cancer Biology through a series of lectures and workshops delivered by leading experts in the field.

In response to the UK Government’s recent announcements with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have decided to cancel our Summer Schools for 2020.

We understand this may be disappointing but ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff has to be our priority.

We will be updating these webpages in due course with information about Summer Schools for 2021.  If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing

We appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented times and we hope to see you in Cardiff in the future.

In this course you would be introduced to numerous topics around the rapidly advancing field of cancer biology. You will sample aspects of the curriculum from one of the UK’s top ranked School of Pharmacy and Pharmacological Sciences.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn about the cellular aspects of cancer biology, disease development and progression. You’ll also learn about strategies in cancer therapeutics encompassing bioinformatics as well as cancer drug design. There will also be an opportunity to learn about some of the University’s ground breaking research.

You will be taught by our team of world-leading academic and research staff who have an extensive range of expertise. In fact, we were ranked joint first School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences in the most recent Research Excellence Framework. This is a direct result of the quality of our teaching, and the cutting-edge nature of our research projects.

So, whether you’re looking to prepare yourself for a career in healthcare or within the research industry, or indeed are aiming to embark on an advanced post graduate qualification in Cancer Biology & Therapeutics, this summer school programme will to set you in excellent stead for your future career.

The Cancer Biology Summer School is hosted jointly by the internationally renowned  School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the School of Biosciences.

Please note, the contents of this course are subject to change and the course may be cancelled in the event of low turnout.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change and does not include all the lectures and workshops that will be covered.

Saturday 11 July 2020Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 12 July 2020Free time and Welcome Dinner
Monday 13 July 2020Welcome lecture
Tuesday 14 July 2020Hallmarks of a cancer cell and signal transduction
Wednesday 15 July 2020Field trip
Thursday 16 July 2020Molecular modelling in cancer drug discovery and second generation DNA sequencing
Friday 17 July 2020Cancer biology mechanisms and therapeutics / Free afternoon
Saturday 18 July 2020Field Trip / Free time
Sunday 19 July 2020Field Trip / Free time
Monday 20 July 2020Use of computer based approach to design anti-cancer drugs
Tuesday 21 July 2020Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia treatments and molecular mechanisms and development of
ovarian cancer drug
Wednesday 22 July 2020Bioinformatics and Laboratory workshops
Thursday 23 July 2020Laboratory workshop / Free afternoon
Friday 24 July 2020Research presentations and Gala Dinner
Saturday 25 July 2020Transfer to Heathrow Airport


The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation (14 nights), 10 meals per week (Breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday), airport pick up and drop off from London Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on  11 July and drop off is 25 July) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Tenby and the Big Pit).

This is a non-credit bearing summer school.

Your visit

In addition to a valuable learning experience, you will embark on two cultural trips within Wales. Both Wales and the UK are uniquely rich in history, architecture and culture and our Summer Schools are sure to give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or resume.

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Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Emma Davies who co-ordinates our International Summer Schools:

Biomedical and Life Sciences Summer Schools

Why study with us?

This International Summer School at Cardiff University will allow you to learn from the best, by directly working with world-leading researchers across the fields of biomedical and life sciences. You will be given the unique opportunity to expand your career horizons whilst also being given a guided tour of some of Wales’ iconic landmarks, landscapes and rich culture.