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Tumor Biology and Targeted Therapy

Course · 7.5 credits


The course is aimed at university students and professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge in tumor biology and targeted cancer treatments.

Course description

Cancer is one of the diseases with the most lethality worldwide and in 2018 it was estimated 10 million deaths. Most patients undergo traditional anti-cancer therapy, which is decided by the oncologist. Even though nowadays the survival of the patients has been improved, we are still far away from rescuing the majority of the cancer patients.

The central questions in cancer biology and in the clinic include:

1) Why it is difficult to find a common cure for cancer?
2) Why after the treatment, cancer is coming back/relapsing in the same patient?
3) Why cancer cells sometimes escape the therapy and instead become even more aggressive?
4) Which therapy is best for a certain type of cancer?

These are the questions that we will address in this course. In addition, you will learn about the selection and decision making for giving a certain anti-cancer drug to the patient. The students will also be introduced to different classes of anti-cancer drugs. General mechanisms that lead to cancer patients’ death involve the metastasis of cancer cells to a distant organ, and the cancer relapse caused by tumor resistance to drugs. Therefore, in this course, we will highlight the mechanisms responsible for cancer relapse, drug resistance, and newly developed strategies used to treat relapsed patients.


The course will cover specific research topics, including:

  • Biology of tumor cells – genetic and epigenetic changes, signaling pathways alterations
  • Cancer stem cells – the concept and the therapeutic consequences
  • Mechanisms of tumor development and metastasis formation
  • Importance of immune protection against cancer – immuno-surveillance
  • Cancer treatments – diversity of treatments including cell based-immunotherapy
  • Emergence of drug resistance – mechanisms

More information can be found at

Closed for applications

Application opportunities


Ramin Massoumi
Professor, Division of Translational Cancer Research, Lund University Medicon Village, Building 404
ramin [dot] massoumi [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se
phone: +46-46-222-64-30

Ewa Sitnicka Quinn
Professor, Division of Molecular Hematology, Lund University, BMC, B12
ewa [dot] sitnicka_quinn [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se
phone: +46-46-222-46-76

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Kandidatexamen i biomedicin, naturvetenskap, bioteknik eller medicin.

Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to: Previous college/university studies (APAV): 100 %.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.


Study Options

There are no open applications at the moment.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period.
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies.
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the adjacent column on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

*Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 22 500

First payment: SEK 22 500

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions on the University Admissions website.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations