This research-based course has a taught component that is the same as an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.
The course is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences or other science disciplines, and for intercalating and fully qualified MBBS or BDS students. It can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD or MD.
What you'll learn
The taught component of the course includes subject-specific content in the area of cancer research. You have the flexibility to develop your own bespoke course by selecting additional, complementary modules. You will also receive itraining in general research principles, and other professional and key skills. Subject-based modules cover:
- clinical and pathological aspects of cancer
- molecular mechanisms that establish and promote cancer
- current treatments and how research translates into novel treatments
Your research project comprises the major element of the course. This project will involve 24 weeks of research in an area of cancer research under the supervision of an expert academic researcher in the field. Projects are undertaken in laboratories actively engaged in cancer research. Examples are:
- roles of tumour suppressor genes
- bio-molecular basis of hormone-dependent cancers
- evaluation of novel bio-drugs
The course allows you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry.
Our MRes courses
Cancer MRes is closely linked to a suite of MRes courses that you may also be interested in:
- Ageing and Health MRes
- Animal Behaviour MRes
- Biofabrication and Bioprinting MRes
- Biotechnology and Bus Enterprise MRes
- Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease MRes
- Cell Signalling in Health and Disease MRes
- Diabetes MRes
- Epidemiology MRes
- Evolution and Human Behaviour MRes
- Immunobiology MRes
- Medical Genetics MRes
- Medical and Molecular Biosciences MRes
- Mitochondrial Biology and Medicine MRes
- Molecular Microbiology MRes
- Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) MRes
- Neuromuscular Diseases MRes
- Neuroscience MRes
- Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells MRes
- Systems Biology MRes
- Toxicology MRes
- Translational Medicine and Therapeutics MRes
- Transplantation MRes
Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School
Our Medical Sciences Graduate School is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. We can help and advise you on a variety of queries relating to your studies, funding or welfare.
Our Research Student Development Programme supports and complements your research whilst developing your professional skills and confidence.
You will make an on-going assessment of your own development and training needs through personal development planning (PDP) in the ePortfolio system. Our organised external events and development programme have been mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to help you identify how best to meet your training and development needs.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take 40 credits from the following modules:
- MMB8004 Ageing and Health
- MMB8003 The Biological Study of Behaviour
- MMB8015 Applied Immunobiology of Human Disease
- CSC8313 Bioinformatics Theory and Practice
- MEC8023 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
- MMB8011 Biology of Ageing
- MMB8037 Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease
- MMB8008 Cell Cycle Control and Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
- MMB8009 Clinical Epidemiology
- MMB8010 The Biological Basis of Psychiatric Illness and its Treatment
- MMB8043 Comparative Cognition: Information Processing in Humans and Other Animals
- MMB8045 Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare
- MMB8031 Developmental Genetics
- MMB8035 Diabetes
- MMB8006 Drug Discovery and Development
- MMB8005 Experimental Medicine and Therapeutics
- MMB8030 Genetic Medicine
- MMB8014 Genetics of Common Disease
- HSC8057 Global Health
- MMB8038 Bioscience Research Development and Enterprise
- MMB8034 Mitochondrial Biology and Medicine
- MMB8016 Molecular Microbiology
- MMB8036 Neuromuscular Diseases: Bench to Bedside
- MMB8018 Research Methods in Protein Science
- MMB8019 Sensory Systems and Neuroimaging
- MMB8020 Scientific Basis of Neurological Disease
- MMB8022 Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
- MMB8033 Surgical Anatomy
- MEC8051 Biomedical Additive Manufacture and Biofabrication
- MMB8032 Toxicology
- MMB8025 Transplantation Science
- MMB8044 Exercise in Health and Disease
Some combinations of modules may not be available due to timetabling constraints and in exceptional circumstances the running of some modules may be determined by student demand.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
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Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per course.
Full time: £7,410
Full time: £7,410
Full time: £22,110
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:
- a life science or related discipline
- or an MBBS/BDS degree with high grades
This programme accepts both medical and dental students wishing to take a master's degree as an intercalation. You will need to have successfully completed your third or fourth year of study.
Practical laboratory work experience is desirable, although not essential. The modules you can study may depend on your academic background.
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You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.