Research course

Molecular Cancer Studies

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a lower second class honours degree supplemented by a Masters degree, or appropriate relevant work experience, may be acceptable. Please contact the Faculty of Life Sciences for further information.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

The central feature of cancer is that cells fail to respond appropriately to their local environment. By discretely assimilating a variety of extracellular signals, normal cells undergo tightly controlled proliferation and their differentiated fate becomes established. Cancer cells behave very differently, disrupting tissue homeostasis which ultimately compromises the whole organism. Mutations in oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes allows cancer cells to divide in the absence of proliferative signals, ignore anti-proliferative stimuli and evade apoptotic cues. Blood supplies become hijacked and adjacent normal cells are coerced; positional information is ignored leading to tissue disorganisation, invasion of the surrounding stroma, and metastasis.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS, 577 TOEFL (paper), 233 TOEFL (computer), 90 TOEFL (internet).

Fees and funding

PhD funding is offered annually via Research Council studentships, and several studentships are available from charities, internal funds and some industrial sponsored awards. The eligibility criteria and level of the awards are subject to change so please check the Faculty of Life Sciences website for current information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Office
+44 (0) 161 275 5608
+44 (0) 161 275 5657