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MRes Cancer Biology - Cancer Biology Stream


Course Description

Access advanced technology and approaches being used in cancer biology

If you're looking for a career in the fight against cancer - this is the course for you. This full-time MRes offers two research projects to give your future career in cancer biology a boost. With two streams on offer – Cancer Biology, and Cancer Informatics – we have the options available for you to choose the best way for you to use your life-sciences degree to meet your objective. We will provide you with a broad-training in research as well as theoretical and practical skills to help you take the next step in your career.

Streams

There are two streams available:

•Cancer Biology - http://www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/study/postgraduate/masters-programmes/mres-cancer-biology/
•Cancer Informatics - http://www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/study/postgraduate/masters-programmes/mres-cancer-biology-cancer-informatics/

Is this programme for you?

You will perform novel laboratory-based research, accumulate experimental findings and exercise critical scientific thought in the interpretation of those findings.

The course comprises both theoretical and practical elements, embracing 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.

As the taught component of the MRes is short, you will be expected to have sufficient lab experience in order to be able you to hit the ground running when you enter the lab.

You will need to be an independent person, who is looking for a challenge. If you're not afraid of hard work then we would welcome an application from you!

Application

Decisions on applications are made in batches, with the following deadlines for each batch:
•09:00 GMT (UTC) Tuesday, 31 January 2017
•09:00 BST (UTC+1) Wednesday, 26 April 2017
•09:00 BST (UTC+1) Monday, 31 July 2017

You will receive notification of a conditional offer or rejection in the weeks following these deadlines. If you do not hear from us, it is because you have been placed on the waiting list. We withhold the right to close application early, so ensure that you submit your application sooner, rather than later.

Please note that we are unable to consider your application without at least one academic reference from your most recent institution.

Programme structure

The course comprises an initial four/five week taught component in which the cellular and molecular basis of cancer biology are covered, plus an introduction to the clinical and pathological aspects of carcinogenesis. This information is contained within the lectures which will partly be on the lecturer's own research, making use of the excellent researchers we have within Imperial College London. Within this period will also be a series of workshops covering key transferable skills such as oral presentation of scientific data and grant writing.

This is followed by two separate research placements of roughly 20 weeks each within the recently created Imperial College Cancer Research UK Centre, the Faculty of Medicine at the Hammersmith Hospital campus of Imperial College, and other collaborating institutes across London (e.g. Institute of Clinical Sciences, The Francis Crick Institute).

Visit the MRes Cancer Biology - Cancer Biology Stream page on the Imperial College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Gavin

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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.

(Student Profile)

Jocelyn

5209.jpg [[Stream]]
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.

(Student Profile)

Marina

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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.


(Scholarship)

Faculty of Medicine Dean's Master's Scholarships - 8 Awards

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates from the UK and EU who have the potential to become leaders in their field.Successful applicants will have their tuition fees paid for by the Faculty of Medicine.Candidates are expected to be able to provide evidence of outstanding academic ability. This will usually mean being among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort, and in receipt of, or due to receive a first class UK Honours degree or equivalent.An applicant who does not meet this requirement (e.g. holds a second class undergraduate degree, is a health professional who did not undertake a degree course, or is from a non-traditional background) will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they have outstanding academic potential and substantial experience relevant to their chosen subject area.The deadline for scholarship applications is Tuesday, 25 April 2017.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fees

Eligibility

Available to Home/EU students planning to study a full-time or part-time Master's course run by Imperial's Faculty of Medicine in the 2017/18 academic year.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants will need to first apply for a Master's programme run by the Faculty of Medicine. They will then need to complete an online form. Please see the Faculty of Medicine Master's Dean's Master's Scholarships page for more information, or contact Gemma Williamson - [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/study/postgraduate/deans-masters-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

The Dr Jean Alero Thomas Scholarship - 2 Awards

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates from the UK and EU who have the potential to become leaders in their field.Successful applicants will have their tuition fees paid for by the Faculty of Medicine.Candidates are expected to be able to provide evidence of outstanding academic ability. This will usually mean being among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort, and in receipt of, or due to receive a first class UK Honours degree or equivalent.An applicant who does not meet this requirement (e.g. holds a second class undergraduate degree, is a health professional who did not undertake a degree course, or is from a non-traditional background) will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they have outstanding academic potential and substantial experience relevant to their chosen subject area.The deadline for scholarship applications is Tuesday, 25 April 2017.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fees

Eligibility

Available to Home/EU students planning to study a full-time or part-time lab-based Master's course run by Imperial's Faculty of Medicine in the 2017/18 academic year.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants will need to first apply for a lab-based Master's programme run by the Faculty of Medicine. They will then need to complete an online form. Please see the Faculty of Medicine Master's Dean's Master's Scholarships page for more information, or contact Gemma Williamson - [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/study/postgraduate/deans-masters-scholarships/



Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree in a life sciences subject (minimum 2:1), and one relevant lab experience.

Course Fees

To find up-to-date information on our fees please visit our Student Finance page: View Website


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