Cancer Biology and Immunology Research


Professional Certificate (PCert)



Embark on a comprehensive exploration of the dynamic and evolving fields of cancer biology and immunology research with our 4-week Professional Certificate (PCert) course. Tailored for researchers, healthcare professionals, and students interested in understanding the intricate mechanisms of cancer development and the cutting-edge immunological approaches to cancer treatment, this course offers a deep dive into the intersection of cancer biology and immunology. This PCert course will provide you the knowledge of the cellular and molecular basis of cancer. It will provide you with the skills to participate in cancer research projects. You will explore the areas of immunology and molecular oncology for cancer. You’ll also learn about different research tools and common data analysis methods used in cancer research.


In the first two modules, you’ll develop your core scientific and experimental skills across the breadth of cancer biology and immunology including an overview of the latest immunology research such as urological cancer, skin carcinomas, and immunology aspects of COVID-19. In the last two modules, you will learn about data analysis methods and data sources for cancer research including statistical analysis software, ELISA, and flow cytometry. You will also have the opportunity to use your skills and knowledge to work on a final project. This will develop your skills further in cancer biology and immunology research.



Start Date: 31 May 2024

Duration: 1 month (4 weeks)

Delivery: Online

Workload: 4-6 hours per week

Fees: £159

Registration: Register here

Contact: Elisa Hampson



  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying cancer development and the intricate interplay with the immune system.
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of advanced concepts in cancer biology, including the hallmarks of cancer and tumor microenvironment
  • Gain insights into the latest research strategies in cancer immunotherapy
  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills to the final project, demonstrating the ability to contribute meaningfully to ongoing or future cancer biology and immunology research projects



The online distance-learning delivery of the course will provide opportunities to receive expertise from the Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID) researchers, material from our partners, and guest lectures.


  • Module 1: Basics of cancer biology and immunology: Explore the basics of cancer biology and immunology. Gain a clear understanding of the basics of cancer, including the definition, types, and prevalence. Explore the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying cancer development. Understand the concept of the tumor microenvironment and its influence on cancer cell behavior. Explore the interactions between cancer cells and surrounding tissues.


  • Module 2: Applications of cancer biology and immunology: Delve into the latest research strategies in cancer immunotherapy. Learn about the latest applications and developments in cancer research and immunology. For instance, urological cancer, skin carcinomas, and immunology aspects of Covid-19. Build on foundational research knowledge and explore advanced research studies in cancer biology.


  • Module 3: Cancer data sources and data analysis methods: Explore cancer data sources and data analysis methods in cancer research. Explore major cancer databases and repositories. Learn how to access and utilize these resources for comprehensive cancer data mining. This module will also include statistical analysis software, ELISA, and flow cytometry analysis. Explore how to perform basic statistical analysis and data visualization.


  • Module 4: Final Project Report: Apply your knowledge of cancer biology and immunology in a final project report. Gain insights into the key components and structure of a project report, including the introduction, discussion, and conclusion. Understand the importance of contextualizing your work within the broader landscape of cancer biology and immunology. Develop skills in interpreting research results and relating them to the broader context of cancer biology and immunology. Explore effective strategies for discussing both expected and unexpected outcomes. Understand the importance of proper citation and referencing in maintaining academic integrity.

Entry Requirements


  • This course starts with a beginner level and progresses towards the mid-levels. However, prior cancer biology knowledge is NOT required.
  • This course is designed for all levels of students (Undergraduate students, Master's degree students, or Ph.D.).
  • All our online courses are taught in English. Therefore, you must have good English language skills.

Certificate of Completion


After completing all the modules of this programme, you will be provided with an e-certificate of completion at Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID).

Design AND Delivery


This online programme is delivered on our virtual learning platform (Moodle). The programme is self-paced and it can be completed on your schedule within programme's duration. The programme includes recorded lectures, templates, learning material, ebooks, and research-based tasks. It is designed by the CamCID Research Team and Guest Lecturers (faculty members from international universities).

May include additional material from our partners.

Fees and Funding


UK and International: £159 (including electronic certificate).