Why study this course
Designed to offer life and biomedical science graduates the opportunity to gain research training through practical experience in a leading cancer research centre.
The programme consists of three introductory taught modules and an extensive project within a research group in the School of Cancer Sciences. The lecture modules will be taught by leading cancer experts and will cover such topics as the cellular and molecular basis of cancer, the pathology of selected cancers and how translational research is applied to diagnosis and treatment of cancers. The projects will generally be laboratory-based and will provide skills in designing and implementing research strategies to answer fundamental questions relating to cancer causes, diagnosis and/or treatment.
The skills and experience gained will be of particular benefit when applying to PhD programmes in cancer studies and related cell and molecular biology subjects.
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:
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.
Please note: programmes evolve continually to keep them up to date so please check the website regularly for any changes
Fees and funding
2015/2016 course fees:
Non UK/EU £17850
Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.
Learn more about fees and funding.
For 2015 entry the Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme offers 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.
For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.
For other funding queries contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.
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:
English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
How to apply
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages