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.
Why study this course
Research into the causes of cancer has accelerated rapidly over the past couple of decades to the extent that we now have a good understanding of the genes, signalling pathways and cellular processes involved. A start has been made on using this knowledge to design new and effective therapies, however, there is still much to do.
This programme offers you the opportunity to be actively involved in cancer research at the University of Birmingham, which was ranked as one of the best centres in the UK for number and quality of publications in cancer in the previous UK Research Assessment Exercise.
The University is the site of the first Cancer Research UK Centre to be opened nationally and has one of the largest cancer research bases in the country. The Birmingham Cancer Research UK Centre unites laboratory researchers with cancer clinicians and clinical trials specialists, and the MRes Cancer Sciences programme will allow you to experience the fully translational nature of research within the School of Cancer Sciences.
Studying three lecture modules in association with MSc Clinical Oncology students will broaden your perspectives as you will be learning alongside students with experience in clinical aspects of oncology. Followed up with tutorials specifically for MRes Cancer Sciences students, you will develop your skills in critical analysis and presentation of research data.
The taught modules will be:
Cellular and Molecular Basis of Cancer
Introduction to General and Molecular Pathology of Cancer
Translational Research in Cancer
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: this is the module list for 2013/14, but the programme continues to evolve so please check the website regularly for any changes.
Fees and funding
2014/2015 course fees:
Non UK/EU £17,250
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) or TOEFL Internet based 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band.
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