Taught course

Experimental Medicine (Cancer)

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Entry requirements

We require an Upper Second undergraduate degree in the life sciences, pharmaceutics, biotechnology or pharmacy from any UK university or overseas equivalent as approved by The University of Manchester.

We also require you to hold existing qualifications to conduct clinical research as a General Medical Council-registered physician, Nursing and Midwifery Council-registered nurse or clinical trial coordinator, including evidence of current good clinical practice training. Relevant experience and commitment to cancer research will be beneficial.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MRes Experimental Medicine (Cancer) programme will give nurses, doctors, clinical researchers and clinical trials co-ordinators the skills needed to work in early phase clinical studies.

You will learn how to master experimental medicine with a focus on cancer through a combination of traditional teaching and hands-on learning, through spending a year as a member of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Team at The Christie while also taking four structured taught units.

The taught units will see you learn the details of designing and delivering Phase 1 clinical studies, understanding the pre-clinical data required before a clinical programme can commence, and how to optimise early clinical studies to provide evidence for progressing a promising drug into Phase II/III clinical testing.

Alongside the taught elements, you will be allocated to one or more clinical trials that are being conducted by The Christie Experimental Cancer Medicine team. You will have a named supervisor and be exposed to tasks required in the setup, delivery, interpretation and audit of a clinical study.

Nursing and physician students will be expected to participate in patient care, including new and follow-on patient clinics, treatment and care-giving episodes with patients. For clinical trial coordinators, no direct patient contact is envisaged and duties will involve clinical trial setup, protocol amendments, database setup, data entry, costing and billing for clinical research.

You will be able to choose two aspects of your direct clinical trial research experience to write up for your two research projects in a dissertation format. This will give you the skills and knowledge required to critically report medical, scientific and clinically related sciences for peer review.

Information for international students

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : minimum 6.5 in all components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing).

Fees and funding

GMC-registered physicians, NMC-registered nurses and graduates are eligible to apply for a CRUK-funded scholarship that covers both course fees and salary (determined by the prior experience of the applicant) for the full-time one-year MRes.

Please send a copy of your CV together with a covering letter explaining your motivation for enrolling on the MRes Experimental Cancer Medicine course to the Programme Director, Dr Natalie Cook, at natalie.cook@manchester.ac.uk for consideration for a CRUK-funded scholarship.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5220