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Oncology student at the University of Manchester

Oncology (MRes)

Equip yourself with the skills you need to pursue a research career in medical and clinical oncology through our MRes.

Oncology (MRes) Overview

Year of entry: 2016

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Course overview

Our course is one of only a handful of MRes Oncology courses available in the UK.

You will develop an understanding of the scientific basis of cancer and its treatments, as well as the skills needed to evaluate the potential efficacy of new treatments.

We draw on the wide range of expertise and research carried out within the University and by our partners within the Manchester Cancer Research Centre to help you build the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to carry out oncology research.

You will be able to gain hands-on research experience, use the latest research equipment, publish your work, and attend national and international conferences.

What is an MRes?

A taught Master of Research (MRes) degree provides preparatory training for academic research. Find out more about what an MRes course entails.

Example research topics

Below are examples of the research topics taken up on our course.

  • Causes of death in children and young people who have survived cancer for at least one year.
  • Understanding the genes involved in response of tumours to radiotherapy.
  • Metabolism of radiotracers for PET imaging in oncology.
  • Monitoring toxicity in patients treated with radiotherapy.


There are ten £2,000 MCRC bursaries available for MBChB (Medicine) intercalating students.

Please see The University of Manchester site for information on other funding opportunities.

Learn more

More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
Master of Research
12 Months FT
Entry requirements

You are required to hold an undergraduate honours degree (Upper Second or above), or the overseas equivalent, in medicine or biomedical sciences. Relevant experience and commitment to oncology research will be beneficial.

For intercalating medical students (after Year 3 or 4), the minimum criterion for admission is satisfactory achievement in Years 1 to 3 or 4 of the undergraduate MBChB programme, with no failure at any examination in the past two academic years.

For University of St Andrews students, this includes the three-year degree programme and the following two years spent in Manchester (Years 3 and 4 of the Manchester programme).

International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
There are a maximum of 20 places available.
Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 306 5439
How to apply

To give you the greatest opportunity to join our course and make the admissions process and quick and easy as possible we recommend you read the below guidance.

We recommend you apply as early as possible; the formal deadline is the end of June. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. Contact if you have problems.


Your application form must be accompanied by supporting documents:

  • Two academic references 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 so please inform them yourself.
  • Copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English)
  • Copies of official University transcripts (with translations if not in English)
  • A personal statement. This should be no longer than a page in length:
    • why you want to undertake this course of study;
    • any relevant past experience and what you think you can bring to the course;
    • how this course fits into your future career plans;
    • any other information you think relevant to your application.
  • Full curriculum vitae including voluntary experience
  • A scanned copy of your passport
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if required)

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

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Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

Cancer is a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Approximately 300,000 people develop the disease each year in the UK.

Understanding the basis of tumourigenesis and developing new therapies are high priority areas for investment, especially since the economic burden of cancer is increasing. The field of oncology encompasses a wide variety of biological and physical sciences.

The MRes in Oncology draws on the wide range of expertise in research and treatment within The University of Manchester's Institute of Cancer Sciences and its partners within the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Manchester Institute and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

This comprises a unique grouping of basic, translational and clinical scientists of national and international renown.

This concentration of expertise offers high quality teaching on clinical and research aspects of cancer care from practising cancer clinicians and researchers, as well as access to an exceptional wide range of research projects.

Projects can be offered in basic cancer biology, translational areas, and in clinical cancer care and imaging.

This programme has both taught and research components and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500

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

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

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.

Additional expenses

Students will have to cover the cost of printing and binding their project report and dissertation.


There are 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.