Research course

Basic Dental Science (Cancer Studies)

Institution
The University of Manchester · School of Dentistry
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of their primary dental qualification from a recognised institution. In some circumstances, relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification. For PhD Study applicants will also be required to provide evidence of their Masters degree from a recognised institution.

Months of entry

July, September

Course content

Research within Cancer Studies aims to understand the molecular pathology of head and neck cancers, primarily squamous cell carcinoma but also malignant salivary gland tumours. A major focus of our current work is verifying at molecular and functional level, the role of candidate genes identified through high density SNP array analyses of these tumours.

At molecular level, this involves mutation-, quantitative expression- and promoter hypermethylation-analyses. At functional level, this is involves assaying phenotypic effects of modulating expression of the candidate genes and identifying pathways in which the proteins encoded by these genes act. Promising candidates are tested further for correlation of expression with clinical parameters and potential validation as biomarkers.

MPhil study within the School is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Flexibility is allowed within the parameters of the study to allow the research to evolve and instigate findings not envisaged at the outset of the work. This is complimented by a dedicated training structure, which provides critical skills training, personal development and progression milestones.

The MPhil project will either be outlined by the academic supervisor offering the study or, alternatively, by an applicant seeking to work within a particular research area with a focused plan of research in mind. The supervisory team will assist the MPhil applicant throughout the study, ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided in core skills fundamental to the research.

PhD study within the School is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Flexibility is allowed within the parameters of the study to allow the research to evolve and instigate findings not envisaged at the outset of the work. This is complimented by a dedicated PhD training structure, which provides critical skills training, personal development and progression milestones.

The PhD project will either be outlined by the academic supervisor offering the study or, alternatively, by an applicant seeking to work within a particular research area with a focused plan of research in mind. The supervisory team will assist the PhD applicant throughout the study ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided in core skills fundamental to the research.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6 in the written component TOEFL (577 paper-based, 233 computer-based, 90 iBT) Pearson Test 59-65

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Dentistry
Email
pg-dentistry@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 306 0239