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MRes Experimental Cancer Medicine at The University of Manchester
MRes Experimental Cancer Medicine
This course will enable you to work within a leading Phase 1 cancer clinical trials unit.

MRes Experimental Cancer Medicine / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Tutorial Unit

Unit code MEDN66100
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 School of Medical Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


The Tutorial unit will provide the students with the skills to communicate complex ideas both verbally and in writing. It is a 15 credit unit that forms part of the taught element of the programme.


The unit aims to:

- train students in appreciating current issues and controversies in Biomedical and Human Sciences in terms of data assimilation; critical analysis and debate; the principles of different experimental techniques; appreciating non-laboratory approaches to research;  academic writing; oral presentation of research data; transfer of knowledge to others; interpersonal skills;  time management; organizational skills; self and peer-assessment.

 - provide students with life-long critical appraisal skills that they will be able to apply to any research evidence that comes before them in the future.


Teaching and learning methods

The course unit will run over semester 1 and 2 with a series of tutor-led sessions with active participation from students. Students will lead discussions and organise group meetings with self-directed learning. The tutorials will involve peer review (give & receive)

Oral presentation: constructive feedback and improvement

Scientific writing: constructive feedback and improvement

On-line guidelines and training in critical evaluation of published work will be provided.


Knowledge and understanding

Students should be able to:

- identify and isolate basic scientific, translational, clinical,  (and where relevant) epidemiological, demographic and social elements of research problems

- undertake background work to provide the intellectual foundations for a full understanding of the tutorial topic, especially where interdisciplinarity demands a wider frame of reference than former training might have required

- report on the current status of research in the topic

- understand the principles of laboratory and non-laboratory research methods

Intellectual skills

Students should be able to: 

- show critical thinking capacity, including  abstraction, analysis and critical judgement

- synthesise and analyse data and information

- command of communication skills – written and spoken word and images – to engage in constructive dialogue with peers and supervisor

- critically reflect and evaluate

- make a reasoned argument for a particular point of view

- be able to draw reasoned conclusions

Practical skills

Students should be able to: 

- use library, electronic and online resources

- use reference manager software

- produce high-quality slides for oral presentation

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students should be able to: 

- to listen effectively and make a constructive contribution to a discussion

- to improve their own learning through planning, monitoring, critical reflection, evaluation and altering strategies

- independently gather, sift, synthesise and organise material from various sources (including library, electronic and online resources), and critically evaluate its significance.

- make a succinct oral presentation, using appropriate media for a specialist target audience

- answer questions and engage in constructive debate of a specialist topic

- produce a written presentation using language appropriate to a specialist readership

- collect and integrate evidence to formulate and test a research hypothesis

- to participate in peer review by providing a fair assessment of, and constructive feedback on, fellow students’ participation in group work


- schedule tasks in order of importance

- use personal resources effectively to meet challenges

- maintain independence of thought and be self-reliant

- work independently and show capacity for self-discipline, motivation and diligence

- work as part of a group to help deliver the group’s objectives

- show capacity for self-appraisal, reflection and time management

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%
Oral assessment/presentation 50%

Feedback methods

Written feedback given

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ashraf Kitmitto Unit coordinator
John Aplin Unit coordinator
Guy Makin Unit coordinator
Sarah Herrick Unit coordinator
Elizabeth Cartwright Unit coordinator
Kimme Hyrich Unit coordinator
Forbes Manson Unit coordinator
Rebecca Jones Unit coordinator
Janine Lamb Unit coordinator
John Curtin Unit coordinator

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