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Basic Dental Science (Cancer Studies) MPhil

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Degree awarded
Master of Philosophy
Duration
12 months (FT) - 24 months (PT)
Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of their primary dental qualification from a recognised institution. In some circumstances, relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

We accept MPhil student intakes for September, January, April and July each year.

Please note:

  •  Applications will not be considered until all supporting documentation has been received.
  • Conditional offers, based on meeting minimum requirements, can be made.

Apply online 

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Programme description

Research within Cancer Studies aims to understand the molecular pathology of head and neck cancers, primarily squamous cell carcinoma but also malignant salivary gland tumours. A major focus of our current work is verifying at molecular and functional level, the role of candidate genes identified through high density SNP array analyses of these tumours.

At molecular level, this involves mutation, quantitative expression and promoter hypermethylation-analyses. At functional level, this is involves assaying phenotypic effects of modulating expression of the candidate genes and identifying pathways in which the proteins encoded by these genes act. Promising candidates are tested further for correlation of expression with clinical parameters and potential validation as biomarkers.

MPhil study within the School is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Flexibility is allowed within the parameters of the study to allow the research to evolve and instigate findings not envisaged at the outset of the work. This is complimented by a dedicated training structure, which provides critical skills training, personal development and progression milestones.

The MPhil project will either be outlined by the academic supervisor offering the study or, alternatively, by an applicant seeking to work within a particular research area with a focused plan of research in mind. The supervisory team will assist the MPhil applicant throughout the study, ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided in core skills fundamental to the research.

Transferable skills training is provided by a dedicated Graduate Training Programme offered by the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, which provides training in research methodology, critical writing skills, intellectual property, research ethics etc.

Students are expected to attend journal clubs, research meetings and talks within the School and University.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPhil (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £3,996, Low £6,800, Medium £13,450, High £18,450
    International students (per annum): Non-clinical-based £26,300; Clinical-based £38,800
  • MPhil (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £1,998, Low £3,400, Medium £6,725, High £9,225
    International students (per annum): Non-clinical-based £13,150; Clinical-based £19,400

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Dentistry
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0239
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 306 1565
Email
Website
www.dentistry.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/

Academic department overview

See: About Us.

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of their primary dental qualification from a recognised institution. In some circumstances, relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification.

English language

  • IELTS test 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in the written component and no less than 5.5 in all components)
  • TOEFL test: 577 paper-based (with no less than 5.5 in the TWE - Test of Written English)
  • TOEFL test: 233 computer-based (with no less than 5.5 in the TWE - Test of Written English)
  •  TOEFL test: 90 (internet-based) (Minimum: Listening/Writing 17; Reading 18 and Speaking 20)
  •  Pearson Test 59-65 (with no less than 51 in each component)

This certification must be no more than 12 months old

Important:

Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements as noted above, at the time of application, will NOT be considered.

Overseas candidates who hold a degree from an English speaking country are not required to provide proof of English certification.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

We accept MPhil student intakes for September, January, April and July each year.

Please note:

  •  Applications will not be considered until all supporting documentation has been received.
  • Conditional offers, based on meeting minimum requirements, can be made.

Apply online 

Advice to applicants

Applicants should provide the following:

  • 2 academic references - both must be signed, dated and on headed paper. References more than twelve months old will not be accepted
  • Copies (not originals) of degree certificates and official academic transcripts of previous study showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. (If these are in a language other than English please provide official translations.) Note: If applicants hold a BDS from a UK University they need not provide a transcript of results but must provide a copy of the certificate
  • Copies (not originals) of English Language certification if an applicant's first language is not English - IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson Test only

International Students: Please upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application.

Please note: The School will not process any applications that have supporting documents missing. The School does not make offers conditional on the submission of supporting documents.

It is highly recommended that MPhil applicants identify and contact a proposed academic supervisor prior to submitting their formal application. The School website contains extensive information on our research groups and the majority of academics have personal profiles detailing their existing work and publications.

Prior to application, it is best practice to email a suitable academic with a CV and a brief abstract of proposed study so it can be assessed for its academic merit. If encouraged, applicants can then apply formally online. If specific funded projects are advertised, details on the application process and requirements will be outlined in the advertisement.

Interview requirements

Applicants will be required to have an interview which can be arranged either in person or by phone/Skype before a decision on acceptance is reached.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

Clinical student will be expected to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. 

In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence ofyour suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Programme description

Research within Cancer Studies aims to understand the molecular pathology of head and neck cancers, primarily squamous cell carcinoma but also malignant salivary gland tumours. A major focus of our current work is verifying at molecular and functional level, the role of candidate genes identified through high density SNP array analyses of these tumours.

At molecular level, this involves mutation, quantitative expression and promoter hypermethylation-analyses. At functional level, this is involves assaying phenotypic effects of modulating expression of the candidate genes and identifying pathways in which the proteins encoded by these genes act. Promising candidates are tested further for correlation of expression with clinical parameters and potential validation as biomarkers.

MPhil study within the School is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Flexibility is allowed within the parameters of the study to allow the research to evolve and instigate findings not envisaged at the outset of the work. This is complimented by a dedicated training structure, which provides critical skills training, personal development and progression milestones.

The MPhil project will either be outlined by the academic supervisor offering the study or, alternatively, by an applicant seeking to work within a particular research area with a focused plan of research in mind. The supervisory team will assist the MPhil applicant throughout the study, ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided in core skills fundamental to the research.

Transferable skills training is provided by a dedicated Graduate Training Programme offered by the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, which provides training in research methodology, critical writing skills, intellectual property, research ethics etc.

Students are expected to attend journal clubs, research meetings and talks within the School and University.

Coursework and assessment

There is a detailed system to monitor the progress of MPhil students. Students must submit work at specific stages and meet with their supervisors throughout their course. Some meetings are informal, while others are formal and are documented.

When students register they receive a postgraduate handbook which explains the monitoring procedures in detail, including flowcharts for easy planning. This information is also available on the Faculty intranet which students gain access to upon registration.

Facilities

Students have access to dedicated postgraduate suites located within the School.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office.

Please email: disability@manchester.ac.uk