The course will provide a robust and wide-reaching education in fundamental and applied cancer biology, and focused training in laboratory research and associated methodology.
Why study Cancer Biology at Dundee?
The MRes Cancer Biology is a research-centred taught Masters programme providing a focused training in molecular cancer research. It covers both the fundamental and translational science of carcinogenesis, cancer biology, diagnosis and therapy.
The programme delivers outstanding research-focused teaching from internationally-renowned scientists and clinicians.
Dundee University is internationally renowned for the quality of its cancer research and has over 50 cancer research groups: current funding for cancer research is about £40 million from research councils and charities. In 2009 the university became the first Scottish university to be awarded Cancer Centre status by the CRUK.
What's so good about studying Cancer Biology at Dundee?
The MRes Cancer Biology has been developed from the innovative collaboration between the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and the School of Life Sciences, and it complements the establishment of the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Centre here in Dundee.
The Dundee Cancer Centre aims to enhance cancer research and apply discoveries to improve patient care. Key to this is training the next generation of cancer researchers.
Areas of particular strength at the University of Dundee
are in surgical oncology for breast and colon cancer, radiation biology and clinical oncology, skin cancer and pharmacogenomics. Areas of strength in basic cancer biology are DNA replication, chromosome biology and the cell cycle, cell signalling and targets for drug discovery.
Teaching and Assessment
This course is taught by staff based in the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and the School of Life Sciences.
The MRes will be taught full-time over one year (September to August).
How you will be taught
The course will be taught through a combination of face-to-face lectures, tutorials, discussion group work and journal clubs, self-directed study and supervised laboratory research.
What you will study
The MRes degree course is taught full-time over three semesters.
The first semester provides in-depth teaching and directed study on the molecular biology of cancer, and covers:
Basic cell and molecular biology, and introduction to cancer biology
Cell proliferation, cell signalling and cancer
Cancer cell biology
Carcinogenesis, cancer treatment and prevention
Specific training in research methodology and critical analysis
Students will also be required to take part in a journal club to further develop their critical review skills.
In semesters two and three students will be individually guided to focus on a specific cancer research topic which will be the subject of a literature review and associated laboratory research project. The research project is based in laboratories with state-of-the-art facilities, and under the leadership of world-class researchers.
How you will be assessed
Exams on the taught element of the programme will be held at the end of semester one. Essays and assignments will also contribute to the final mark, and the dissertation will be assessed through the production of a thesis and a viva exam.
Places on the course are limited, so early applications are strongly encouraged.
Apply early to avoid disappointment.
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Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree (lower class will be considered under exceptional circumstances), or equivalent in a scientific discipline in the field of biological, biochemical or biomedical sciences. An IELTS score of 6.5, with no individual score of less than 5.5 is required from applicants whose first language is not English.