Translational Cancer Medicine enables you to gain detailed knowledge and understanding of research methods applied to rational drug design, clinical study design, molecular and cell biology, tumour immunology, genetics and cancer imaging. Practical experience gained through two six-month laboratory rotations.
- The range of topics including advanced imaging methods is unique for this translational cancer programme
- The sponsoring laboratories and departments all have international standing and have agreed to closely supervise the trainees
- Recently released data from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) shows that King’s College London is equal top in England (with Queen Mary, University of London) for its PhD completion rates. This programme will potentially select candidates for the PhD programme within the Division of Cancer Studies
• Biomarkers, biostatistics and modelling • Breast cancer • Cancer bioinformatics • Cancer imaging (optical) • Cancer imaging (PET) • Clinical trials and translational research • Gene discovery through to therapeutic applications • Haemato-oncology and associated genetics/genomics • Immunology of cancers • Molecular pathology • Signal transduction in cancers
- Course purpose -
The programme will provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of research methods applied to rational drug design, clinical study design, molecular and cell biology, tumour immunology, genetics and cancer imaging, all of which are relevant to Translational Cancer Research. In addition, practical experience will be gained through two laboratory rotations of six months duration.
- Course format and assessment -
Work with 2 supervisors and their teams, 6 months in each lab
• 30 credit taught module:
2-3 weekly lectures during first 3 months
Throughout the year, students also attend literature reviews and journal clubs that their labs/departments organise and any other internal or external seminars deemed relevant to their projects/assignments.
The assessment for this module is an essay on the fundamentals and the overall concept of Translational Cancer Medicine
• 75 credit laboratory based research project 1:
Assessed by a written dissertation, a seminar presentation and an oral examination
• 75 credit laboratory based research project 2:
Assessed by a draft of a paper of the standard and format required by a scientific journal.
Future PhD studies. Clinical and non-clinical academic careers in cancer medicine.
To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.