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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: 2019

Course unit details:
Clinical Masterclass

Unit code MEDN66611
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Institute of Cancer Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


A series of masterclasses delivered by internationally recognised experts in their field on the principles of oncology and its translation into clinical practice to provide a multidisciplinary foundation in the key issues related to oncology.  The classes include discussion on new developments and emerging concepts and technologies in this rapidly developing area.


To provide students with an understanding of the multidisciplinary practice of oncology..

Learning outcomes

Student will be able to:

  • understand how cancer is diagnosed;
  • understand the principles of cancer surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy;
  • gain knowledge of the use and role of other therapies for the treatment of cancer: hormonal therapy, biological therapy, complimentary medicine;
  • understand the cancer patient journey from primary to palliative care.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching method will consist of the assigned speaker giving a comprehensive overview of their area of expertise (some using powerpoint presentations) followed by a review using specific examples and group discussion on the different aspects of the subject covered.  Students will gain knowledge of the area and be able to examine and debate the area to develop critical thinking.

The assessments will allow students to develop their academic writing skills.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Developing students critical thinking
Written communication
Developing students academic writing skills

Assessment methods

3 x 2,000 essays to be chosen from selected modules

Feedback methods

Feedback to the students for each essay will be in the form of written feedback either via Blackboard or the mark sheet

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Kim Linton Unit coordinator
Richard Cowan Unit coordinator

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