MSc Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine / Course details
Year of entry: 2024
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Our MSc Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine course will give you thorough training in this area alongside lab-based research placements.
Rather than attending traditional lectures on your chosen subject, you will learn through an interactive approach involving seminars, workshops and small group tutorials. This will provide you with transferable skills in experimental design, statistics and science communication preparing you for relevant aspects of a science-based career. As this is a research-focused master's course, you will also undertake your own research project in the laboratory of a leading researchers.
You will take three units and then focus on a research placement in the labs of leading cancer researchers.
You will gain research experience and professional skills, perhaps in a different area to your first degree, before deciding on a future career in industry or academic research. This will allow you to make an informed choice about the research area you want to go into.
You choose the research placement from a list provided by your programme director in the lab of experienced cancer scientists working on processes relating to tumourigenesis. These include:
- understanding cell cycle control mechanisms and how they are disrupted in the formation of a tumour;
- investigating the cell fate choices of normal cells, and how these differ in cancer cells;
- investigating how cell signals regulate gene expression in different types of cells, and how this flow of information is compromised in cancer cells.
If you want to broaden your expertise beyond molecular cancer research, you can undertake a research placement in another area of molecular biomedicine.
We investigate the mechanisms underlying a range of diseases including hypertension, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, and we aim to develop ways of preventing and treating these. Our research pages provide more information on our research interests.
PhD with integrated master's
If you're planning to undertake a PhD after your master's, our Integrated PhD programme will enable you to combine your postgraduate taught course with a related PhD project in biology, medicine or health.You can also visit this page for examples of projects related to integrated master's courses.
Gain laboratory experience through a research placement in a leading cancer and molecular biomedicine laboratory preparing you for your future science-related career.
Teaching and learning
We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including tutorials, workshops, seminars and research placements.
Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.
Coursework and assessment
- written reports on your research projects and tutorials
- oral presentations
- written assignments
- multiple choice exams
- critical assessment of literature
- online statistics exercises.
Course unit details
The course starts in September and runs for 12 months. You require 180 credits to complete the course, of which:
- 120 credits are project based
- 60 credits are from transferable skills units
60 credits are achieved through completion of activities that develop your transferable skills in essential areas such as laboratory skills, experimental design, statistics, bioethics (included in the tutorial and workshop unit) and science communication. The Experimental Design and Statistics unit runs at the start of the year to prepare you for your research project. Elements of the other units run throughout the year alongside your research project.
- Experimental Design and Statistics (15 credits)
- Tutorial and Workshop (15 credits)
- Science Communication (15 credits)
- Laboratory Skills (15 credits)
Our units teach the current trends in life sciences. Consequently, details of our units may vary over time. The University therefore reserves the right to make such alterations to units as are found to be necessary. Before accepting your offer of a course, it is essential that you are aware of the current terms on which the offer is based. This includes the units available to you. If in doubt, please contact us.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Tutorial and Workshop
|Statistics & Experimental Design
|Research Project 1
|Research Project 2
What our students say
Doing my master's at Manchester has given me the opportunity to acquire extensive laboratory experience and enriched my knowledge in the field of cancer. This is also combined with a great student life!
You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .