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Course content

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. You'll gain practical experience through two six-month laboratory rotations. 

Key benefits

  • A unique research programme that includes the study of advanced imaging methods and tumour immunology.
  • The sponsoring laboratories and departments all have international standing and closely supervise research trainees throughout the study programme.
  • This programme is a competitive course to support PhD applications and continued translational and medical training.  


The Translational Cancer Medicine MRes study pathway offers unique opportunities for you to join experienced research teams and work on particular projects from the outset. This course will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of research methods, and of how theoretical academic studies and skills relate to research projects.

You will explore Fundamentals of Translational Cancer Medicine, providing you with advanced knowledge and skills to conceptualise, design, conduct and critically appraise specialist research. You will gain hands on research experience in two six month lab projects. 

Course format and assessment


We use lectures, seminars and group meetings to deliver most of the modules on the course. 

On average teaching consists of:

  • 40 hours of lectures
  • 1.5 – 3 hours per week of Lab/group meetings (depending on projects)
  • supervision/feedback during each lab roation

You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Typically, 1 credit equates to ten hours of work.

Throughout the year, you will also attend literature reviews and journal clubs that the labs/departments organise, as well as any other internal or external seminars deemed relevant to your projects/assignments.


The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written essays, a thesis (research report), a presentation/Q&A session regarding the research report and a draft of a scientific paper.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change. 

Extra information

Occupational health clearance will be required for some of the projects.

Career prospects

Future PhD studies. Clinical and non-clinical academic careers in cancer medicine.

Visit the Translational Cancer Medicine - MRes page on the King’s College London website for more details!






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