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MRes Oncology at The University of Manchester
MRes Oncology
Gain the skills you need to pursue a research career in medical and clinical oncology.

MRes Oncology / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Lecture Series

Unit code MEDN66620
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Institute of Cancer Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


Two intensive one-week courses held in the Auditorium at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust Hospital.  The first week runs in November and covers the biological basis of chemotherapy, pharmacology and cancer biology.  The second week runs in February and covers the biological basis of radiotherapy, frontiers in cancer research and translational research.


The aim of the unit is to provide students with a detailed knowledge of the biological basis of cancer therapy

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to understand:

  • how cancer develops;
  • basic molecular biology techniques used in  the study of cancer biology;
  • the biological basis of chemotherapy and pharmacology;
  • the biological basis of radiotherapy;
  • the new 'omic' technologies used in translational cancer research;
  • some of the emerging frontiers of cancer research.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching method consists of scheduled lectures with experienced lecturers and guest speakers showing powerpoint presentations for their area of expertise.  From the lectures the students will gain a detailed knowledge of the key concepts of the biological basis of cancer therapy

Assessment methods

Assessment of the muodule will be via one formative and one summative online single best answer examination following each lecture week.

Feedback methods

Feedback will be provided to the students via Blackboard following the completion of the formative online assessments

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 38
Independent study hours
Independent study 112

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Catherine West Unit coordinator

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