MSc Oncology Research / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2024

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

We also offer the Transformative Oncology course, which is 100% online and part-time. This course is research-led, clinically relevant and medically applicable education for those who want to gain a greater perspective and understanding of the field of oncology to improve outcomes for patients with cancer.

Advice to applicants

We do not require applicants to have already developed their own research proposals.

Your application form must have the following documents.

  • One academic reference on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. 
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated.
  • Official University transcripts (with translations if not in English).
  • A personal statement (300-500 words). This should include why you want to undertake this course, any relevant past experience and what you can bring to the course, how this course fits into your future career plans, and any other relevant information.
  • Full CV including voluntary experience.
  • A scanned copy of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or if this is not possible, emailed to . We are unable to consider your application until we have received all of the documents listed above.

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence.

How your application is considered

Entry onto the MSc in Oncology research course will involve attendance (either in person or via telephone/Skype) at an interview.

For intercalating students, academic recommendation by the Hospital Dean will also be required along with approval by the University.

Further details for students registered on Manchester's MBChB regarding the procedure for intercalation can be found on the Medlea website under the Programme Contents sub-heading.

Interview requirements

The interview assessment consists of a five minute talk based around a single journal paper on a topic of oncology research.

The paper will be chosen by the Programme Director and sent to you prior to the interview. There will also be questions following the talk.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course, the Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.


Deferrals are considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants may defer entry to the course for up to one year.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.