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Course overview

  • Develop skills for a career in cancer research on one of only a handful of MRes Oncology courses available in the UK.
  • Understand the scientific basis of cancer and its treatments and how to evaluate the potential effectiveness of new treatments.
  • Gain hands-on research experience, use the latest research equipment, publish your work, and attend national and international conferences.
  • Draw on expertise at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Manchester Institute and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK and among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £11,000 
  • International students (per annum): £24,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees or provide a sponsor letter (which we must first confirm), 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.


It is expected there will be ten £2,500 MCRC bursaries available for MBChB (Medicine) intercalating students. These will be awarded to the ten best students selected from the interview process.

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 in all components
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing)

See further information about requirements for your country .

Application and selection

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.

Advice to applicants

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. We do not contact referees directly.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or if this is not possible, emailed to  .

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence.

How your application is considered

Entry onto the MRes in Oncology course will involve attendance 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.

Teaching and learning

Our MRes is structured around a 2:1 split between laboratory/clinical-based research projects and taught elements.

Laboratory and clinical research experience is gained through two research placements, one lasting approximately ten weeks (October to December) and the second lasting approximately 25 weeks (January to August).

You may choose to carry out one project for both placements, which most students do, or separate projects for each placement.

Most research placements are based at the Christie site, either within the hospital, the Manchester Cancer Research Centre or CRUK Manchester Institute premises. Projects are also available on the Central Manchester University Hospitals and University Hospital of South Manchester sites.

Coursework and assessment

Students are assessed through oral presentations, single best answer exams, written reports and a dissertation.

Course unit details

The course features the following components:

  • Research Methods course unit - 15 credits
  • Clinical Masterclass course unit - 15 credits
  • Lecture Series course unit - 15 credits
  • Tutorial course unit - 15 credits
  • Two research placements (1 x 10 week - 30 credits; 1 x 25 week - 90 credits)

The  Research Methods  course unit covers topics relating to:

  • Critical analysis of scientific/medical research and literature
  • Information management
  • Study design
  • Basic statistical analysis
  • Ethics, fraud, plagiarism and medical and academic misconduct
  • Presentation skills
  • Scientific writing and publishing skills

The  Clinical Masterclass  course unit provides a truly multidisciplinary foundation in the key issues in oncology. Delivery is by lectures and site tours and these classes will offer the student the chance to debate with internationally recognised experts in their field. Areas covered include: 

  • Cancer epidemiology, screening and prevention
  • Diagnosis
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Surgery

Career opportunities

Our MRes is ideal for high calibre graduates, students and professionals wishing to undertake directly channelled research training in the clinical and medical oncology field.

If you are a medical student, the MRes will help you to decide whether to pursue a medical career in oncology or in clinical academia.

For biomedical science graduates, the MRes offers the research experience increasingly needed for successful application to a PhD programme in cancer research.

Visit the MRes Oncology page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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