Cancer Biology - MRes

Imperial College London    Medicine

Full time October MRes 1 year full-time
Biological Sciences (4) Computer Science (8)

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Are you passionate about making a difference in the fight against cancer? Our Cancer Biology MRes programme offers a comprehensive training in research, preparing you for a rewarding career in this crucial field. Delve into cutting-edge developments through a blend of theoretical and practical elements. You'll explore the cellular and molecular basis of cancer biology, clinical aspects of carcinogenesis, and more. With two research projects, you'll gain hands-on experience and develop essential skills in data analysis and scientific communication. The programme requires a minimum 2.1 degree in a relevant subject. Join us and become part of the next generation of cancer researchers.

About the course

Our Cancer Biology stream provides broad training in research and prepares you for a research career in the fight against cancer.

The course embraces cutting-edge developments in the field: you will experience some of the most technologically advanced approaches currently being applied to the broad field of cancer research in a teaching programme that comprises both theoretical and practical elements.

Choosing a Stream

This course is one of three MRes Cancer Biology streams available at Imperial. You may wish to consider other streams depending on your interests.

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Entry Requirements

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in an appropriate subject.

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Student Profiles


Cancer Informatics

[[What were you doing before coming to Imperial?]]
I was studying for an undergraduate degree in Biology.

[[Why did you choose Imperial?]]
It is well known to be good for research, and I liked the course structure.

[[What is/was most enjoyable about the programme?]]
The research environment.

[[What do/did you most appreciate about the Faculty or College?]]
There was a really good choice of research projects.

[[What do you plan to do after you graduate?]]
I am currently Applying for PhDs.

[[Do you have any tips for future applicants and students?]]
I would recommend applying for a scholarship even if you think you have no chance of getting one.


Cancer Biology

[[My project titles]]
I have worked on two 5 months projects during my masters:

1) The roles of MARK2 and MARK4 in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Metastasis.
2) RPS6KC1 as a modulator of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Drug resistance and Metastasis.

[[Current role]]
Final year PhD Student, joint between Imperial Cancer Research UK Centre and the Department of Bioengineering.

[[My main areas of interest]]
Early cancer diagnostic biosensor development.

[[The most beneficial things about the programme]]
The programme allows you to become an independent researcher, focusing on a project area of key interest to the cancer-specific scientific community. It is an amazing trial run as to what a PhD would entail.

[[The things enjoyed the most about the programme/Imperial College London/London]]
I was able to develop a wide range of scientific skills, both in and outside of the lab. Regular journal clubs and weekly lab meetings meant that my presentation skills were fine-tuned and I gained a lot of confidence in myself as a scientist. I believe the course enabled me to gain my interdisciplinary PhD position here at Imperial.

[[Since getting my Master’s, here are some of the things I’ve done]]
Attended numerous conferences and symposiums, presenting my work to audiences. I have published my work in various scientific journals, including my most recent (first name author) paper in Analytical Chemistry which was also chosen to be published in an open-access format due to being awarded Editors’ choice. In terms of my research, I have been able to develop a new chemistry-based biosensor technology that can detect stage cancers using biofluids sourced by minimally invasive means (i.e. a simple blood test).

[[Next, I’d like to]]
I am currently applying for a Postdoctoral research fellowship to continue working on developing a new technology that can aid to early cancer diagnosis and be used in the clinic.


Cancer Biology

[[My project titles]]
1) Validation of epigenetic biomarkers to classify BRCA1 genetic variants.
2) The role and regulation of Forkhead transcription factors in endocrine sensitivity and resistance in breast cancer.

[[Current role]]
I am working as a Scientific Officer at the Institute of Cancer Research.

[[My main areas of interest]]
Cancer Biology, Kinase dependency in cancer and drug resistance.

[[The most beneficial things about the programme]]
Having world-class scientists as project supervisors and mentors has really helped me in developing my own identity as a researcher. Organised seminars and lunch time lectures were really helpful for keeping up to date with current research.

[[The things enjoyed the most about the programme/Imperial College London/London]]
The intellectually stimulating discussions among my colleagues and also fun times with pizza and beer!

[[Since getting my Master’s, here are some of the things I’ve done]]
Having my own research project at my current role and successfully contributed to several scientific publications.

[[Next, I’d like to]]
Pursue a PhD in biological research.


Cancer Biology

[[My project titles]]
I have worked on two 5 months projects during my masters:

1) Identification of small compound inhibitors of Ribosomal S6 Kinase 4 (RSK4).
2) Investigated DAPK2 role in mitochondrial maintenance.

[[Current role]]
I am currently a final year PhD student at Imperial College London.

[[My main areas of interest]]
My thesis focuses on finding the molecular determinants of development & chemoresistance in Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD).

[[The most beneficial things about the programme]]
The programme prepares students for a research career. I learned a wide range of laboratory techniques and acquired the skills of practicality, versatility, decision making and problem solving. Skills that are extremely useful for my PhD and further career.

[[The things enjoyed the most about the programme/Imperial College London/London]]
Met students from different countries/cultures and made lifetime friends which I meet every few month since we are all doing PhDs in different countries. I had the opportunity to become a contributing author in 2 publications during the Master’s degree.

[[Since getting my Master’s, here are some of the things I’ve done]]
I started a Ph.D. at Imperial College London working on Gestational Trophoblastic Disease. I aim to improve the current diagnostic system, and find novel therapeutic targets for treatment of resistant choriocarcinoma patients in clinic. Aside from working on my PhD, I am also involved with Imperial College Innovation Forum, student society, which is part of a global non-profit organisation that helps bridge the gap between academic science, industry and policy makers. I am currently the President of Innovation Forum Imperial College Brunch and previously, I worked as the Finance and Marketing manager.

[[Next, I’d like to]]
Continue working in Research as a Post-Doc, and one day manage my own Lab.

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