The Cancer Sciences MRes is a one year, full time programme introduced to offer postgraduate training to suitably qualified science students who are interested in research careers in cancer. It is a stand-alone programme that would be of particular interest to students who wish to apply for further training at PhD level.
A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the life sciences or biomedical sciences. We normally expect this to be at the 2(i) level or higher, but will also consider promising students who have not quite achieved this level.
Candidates from overseas for whom English is not their first language must meet the University’s English Language requirement e.g. IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in any band). Full information on EU/International student entry.
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
You will study the introductory Cellular and Molecular Basis of Cancer module in association with MSc Clinical Oncology students; this will broaden your perspectives as you will be learning alongside students with clinical experience. You can then select two additional modules from four options (two of these are also offered to MSc Clinical Oncology students, whilst the other two are unique to the MRes Cancer Sciences programme). Each module is followed up with tutorials, and you will further develop your skills in critical analysis and presentation of research data through a Journal Club.
The optional taught modules are:
Molecular Pathology of Cancer (taken with MSc Clinical Oncology)
Translational Research in Cancer (taken with MSc Clinical Oncology)
Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy
After consulting with potential supervisors you will select a 30 week research project. The project will generally be laboratory-based within one of the research groups in the School of Cancer Sciences.
Being an integral member of an active research group will give you the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to ongoing cancer research in Birmingham, and provide you with a real insight into how this research is conducted.
On completion of the MRes Cancer Sciences programme, students will have developed key research and presentation skills that are sought by many recruiters into further postgraduate study at PhD level. These skills will also be applicable to other career pathways in the biomedical and health sciences sectors.
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