Discoveries in cell and molecular biology underpin most of what is known about the development of cancer. Analysis of alterations in diverse cell functions including cell communication, cell division, cell metabolism, cell movement, genetic modifications and changes in gene expression are central to our understanding of the disease and ultimately its treatment. This full-time postgraduate degree will provide you with cutting-edge knowledge and practical training in those aspects of cell biology, molecular genetics and histopathology which are required to understand the current approaches to cancer research.
The course comprises four months of intensive taught lab work, tutorials and lectures followed by a six month, independent laboratory research project. As well as developing your understanding of the cellular and molecular processes and techniques used in cancer research, you will learn how to critically analyse research data and research papers and how to communicate complex scientific concepts and processes.
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2:2 degree (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences or related subject. We will also consider appropriate experience in industry.
English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Introduction to Molecular Techniques
Research Methods in Cell Biology
Research Methods in Cancer Biology
Advanced Topics in Cancer Biology
Project: Your second semester (January to August) comprises a laboratory project placement in a research lab either at the University of Leicester, an industrial research laboratory or a cancer research institute. You will select a project from a wide range of cancer-related topics and work full-time in the lab for six months as part of a research team. The remaining time will be spent on writing your dissertation and preparing your presentation.
The research training you receive and the research project you conduct will provide you with skills that PhD supervisors and employers value highly when recruiting their postgraduate research students from around the world.
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