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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:
BHF Practical Research Project 1

Unit code MEDN71000
Credit rating 35
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


All trainees carry out three independent research projects during the first year. Students meet with our academic supervisors and discuss potential projects spanning different cardiovascular applications, techniques and approaches. With the guidance of a dedicated advisory team, students select three projects through which they 'rotate' in 12 week cycles. The aim is to provide an insight into different areas of cardiovascular science as well as equip trainees with a variety of practical skills. Projects are offered in a wide range of subject areas which include functional physiology, cell signalling, human genetics, in vivo disease modelling, bioengineering, computer modelling, novel delivery mechanisms, omics approaches, structure-function mechanisms, regenerative medicine and imaging. Trainees are strongly encouraged to select projects which use different experimental techniques. The experiences of each placement allow our students to make well informed choices for their final PhD project - which is the focus of the final three years.


Equip students with a wide knowledge in differing areas of cardiovascular science
- Allow students to experience, and become familiar with, a wide range of practical skills.
- Increase awareness of on-going research in cardiovascular sciences which is being undertaken at the University of Manchester
- Improve presentation skills for both oral and written accounts of new research.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course unit students will:
- Be familiar with the theoretical and practical basis of a wide range of research methods and techniques.
- Have acquired practical experience of developing research questions, and using research methods to answer these questions.
- Have a detailed and systematic understanding of 1 area of cardiovascular sciences.
- Have practical experience of presenting scientific research in both oral and written form.
- Be able to make well informed choices about their final 3 year research project.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Report 90%
Oral assessment/presentation 10%

Feedback methods

Formal summative assessements

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 350

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Elizabeth Cartwright Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Ethical and Research Governance Issues
Any research course unit that involves contact with human volunteers, either patients or the general public or human material must be subject to appropriate ethical approval. You should check with your supervisors and Programme Directors whether this has been granted BEFORE you start the project. Some projects offered which involve working with animals require a Home Office licence. Again you should check with your supervisors and Programme Directors whether this is required/has been granted BEFORE you start the project.
Health and Safety
In most laboratories, you will come across potential hazards. Prior to starting work in any laboratory you should undergo a Health and Safety induction by the safety officer of your laboratory project – it is your responsibility to ensure that this happens. You must ensure that you read any relevant literature relating to Health and Safety given to you at this induction or at any other time in the programme. Refer to the on-line Health and Safety course unit that you completed at Induction. Laboratory coats must be worn in laboratory areas and will be provided by your supervisor. Project work must be carried out according to the particular guidelines and COSHH regulations for that piece of work or project in the laboratory in which the project is undertaken. Any accidents occurring in laboratories should be immediately reported to your project supervisor.
Out of Hours Working
You may need to work out of hours on occasion in the evening or at weekends. If this is the case, you should first consult your supervisor about this as you will need prior written approval. In addition, you should inform your supervisor of your intended experiments and the approximate times you will be in the workplace. You need to make sure that you have signed appropriate risk assessment forms.

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