The National Cancer Institute Academic Degrees

The National Cancer Institute offers several academic degrees in cancer majors. It further offers active programs for cancer prevention and early detection. It teaches medical care in varied sectors to the doctors who work in Egypt through programs for visiting doctors, programs for continuing education, partial secondment and visits paid by the Institute's doctors to the other centers.

Second: The MD Degree

Based on the approval of Cairo University Council the National Cancer Institute awards the MD/PhD degree in the following majors:
Serial No MSc Degree No. of Courses per Program
1 Anaesthesia &Algesiology (Ana Alg 700) 9
2 Surgical Oncology (SONC 700) 10
3 Medical Oncology& Malignant Haematology (MONC 700) 8
4 Pediatric Oncology& Malignant Haematology (PONC 700) 9
5 Cancer epidemiology and Prevention (CE 700) 4
 6 Radiation Oncology (RONC 700) 14
 7 Cancer Pathology (PATH 700) 11
 8 Clinical Pathology & Oncological Laboratory Medicine (CPATH 700) 12
 9-11 Cancer Biology (BIOL 700)  14
   Biochemistry & Molecular Biology  
   Pharmacology  
    virology and Immunology 
 

Enrolment:

Enrolment for the MD degree is open twice a year in July and January.

Requirements of the MD/PhD in Clinical Divisions of Oncology:

Student should hold a Master's degree (valid for a maximum of 10 years before the time of application) in Medicine in the same major from any Egyptian university or a degree equivalent to it from another scientific institute accredited by the university. 

 It goes as follows:

1- Master of General Surgery or Surgical Oncology for applicants for a doctorate degree in Surgical Oncology.
2- Master of General Medicine or Medical Oncology for the applicants for a doctorate degree in Medical Oncology.
3- Master of General Pediatrics or Pediatric Oncology for applicants for a doctorate degree in Pediatric Oncology. 
“In case of holding a Master of General Surgery, or General Internal Medicine, or General Pediatrics, a student is exempted from the similar corresponding courses in the Master’s degree in Surgical Oncology, Medical Oncology, or Pediatric Oncology”.
4- Master of Radiation Oncology for applicants of a doctorate degree in Radiation Oncology.
5- Master of Clinical & Chemical Pathology for applicants of a doctorate degree in Clinical & Chemical Pathology.
6- Master of Anesthesia for applicants of a doctorate degree in Anesthesia & Algesiology.

Requirements of the MD/PhD in Tumor Pathology:

Student should have received a Master's degree in basic Medical Sciences (Pathology) (valid for a maximum of 10 years before the time of application) from one of the Egyptian universities, or a degree equivalent to it from another scientific institute accredited by the university.

Requirements of the PhD in Tumor Biology:

a)To be enrolled in the PhD degree in Medical Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, a student should be a graduate of any of the following faculties:
o Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Faculty of Science (Biochemistry, Biochemistry /Chemistry).
A student should hold a Master's degree in Biochemistry, Biological Chemistry, Molecular Biology, or Medical Chemistry (valid for a maximum of 10 years before the time of application).
b) To be enrolled in the PhD degree in Pharmacology & Experimental Treatment, a student should be a graduate of any of the following faculties:
o Faculty of Medicine.
o Faculty Veterinary Medicine.
o Faculty of Pharmacy.
Provided that student should have received a Master's degree in Pharmacology (valid for a maximum of 10 years before the time of application).
c) To be enrolled in a PhD degree in Viruses and Immunity, a student should be a graduate of any of the following faculties:
o Faculty of Science (Microbiology or Chemistry).
o Faculty of Medicine.
o Faculty of Veterinary Medicine or Faculty of Pharmacy.
A student should hold a Master's degree in Microbiology (valid for a maximum of 10 years before the time of application).

Duration of study: Two years including

  • Specialized Training Program: Documented in Log Book and approved by Program coordinator and Department Chief.
  • General Courses: The student sits for a written exam in October/April of each year after attending at least 75% of lectures. A student should apply for taking the exam a month before its date. In case of failure to pass any of the general courses the student re-sits for the exam in that particular course.
  • A thesis: Protocol to be registered within a period of 18 months from the date of registration. The thesis should be submitted for dissertation within at least 20 months of the date of the consent of the Institute council. At least one paper from the thesis study should be published in an international journal or 2 in a local journal.
  • Registration is cancelled after six years unless there are justifiable reasons for extending its time limit for one renewable extra year, based on the consent of the Institute council, the consent of the Postgraduate Studies Council, and a recommendation of the supervisor and the council of the concerned department.
  • A student is granted the degree after the examination of the thesis and passing the comprehensive exam by a minimum score of 60% for the core specialty courses. In case of passing the written exams the student is allowed to sit for the practical and oral exams (granted the opportunity to re-sit the oral and clinical exams for 4 consecutive semesters in case of need). In case of failure to pass any of the core specialty courses the student re-sits for the exam in all core specialty courses.
  • The exam for the core specialty courses is held twice a year in November and May. A student should apply for taking the exam a month before its date.