Cancer Research and Therapeutics


Professional Certificate (PCert)



Embark on a riveting exploration of Professional Certificate (PCert), an online course meticulously crafted to navigate the intricate landscapes of cellular biology and therapeutic interventions in the context of cancer. Dive into the heart of cutting-edge scientific exploration as we demystify the intricacies of cancer research and unveil the latest breakthroughs in therapeutic interventions. This concise yet comprehensive course is designed to empower you with a profound understanding of the multifaceted world of cancer, equipping you with knowledge that transcends boundaries. Unearth the fundamental principles governing cancer cell biology, unraveling the mysteries of oncogenes, tumor suppressors, and the intricate dance of cellular signals. This PCert course will provide you with knowledge of the cellular and molecular basis of cancer therapeutics such as gene editing. You will gain knowledge about the biology behind ZFN, TALENS, and CRISPR. You will also explore the latest applications and advances in cancer therapeutics.


In the first two modules, you’ll develop your core scientific and experimental skills across the breadth of cancer therapeutics including an overview of the latest cancer immunotherapy research and gene editing in cancer therapy. In the last two modules, you will learn about the advances and recent applications of cancer therapeutics. You will also have the opportunity to use your skills and knowledge to work on a final project. This will allow you to develop your skills further in cancer research and therapeutics.



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 fundamental principles of cancer biology, including processes of gene editing in cancer therapy (ZFN, TALENS, and CRISPR)
  • Develop critical thinking skills to analyze and interpret research findings, enabling participants to contribute meaningfully to the ongoing advancements in cancer research
  • Enrolling in this short course will empower participants with a holistic understanding of cancer research and therapeutics
  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills to the final project, demonstrating the ability to contribute meaningfully to ongoing or future cancer theraperutic 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: Introduction to cancer immunotherapy: Explore the basic biology of cancer immunotherapy. Explore the fundamental principles of the immune system and understand how it plays a pivotal role in recognizing and combatting cancer cells. Navigate through the spectrum of immunotherapy techniques, from immune checkpoint inhibitors to adoptive cell therapies, gaining insights into how each approach harnesses the power of the immune system against cancer.


  • Module 2: Gene editing in cancer therapy: Uncover the basics of genetics and genomics, laying the groundwork for understanding how gene editing technologies can be harnessed to target and modify cancer-related genes. Dive deep into the revolutionary world of gene-editing techniques, with a particular focus on CRISPR-Cas9 and other innovative tools that allow scientists to precisely edit the genetic code, opening new avenues in cancer therapy. Learn about the biology and processes of gene editing in cancer therapy (ZFN, TALENS, and CRISPR) and cancer immunotherapy.


  • Module 3: Advances in cancer therapeutics: Discover the very latest in cancer treatment studies, where science meets compassion, and groundbreaking advancements become the beacon of hope for patients worldwide. Journey through the spectrum of therapeutic modalities, from targeted therapies to emerging immunotherapies, understanding how each heralds a new era in the battle against cancer. Explore advances in cancer therapeutics and recent developments by reviewing research studies.


  • Module 4: Final Research Project: Apply your knowledge of cancer therapeutics 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 therapeutics. Develop skills in interpreting research results and relating them to the broader context of cancer therapeutics. 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).