Taught course


The University of Manchester · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Intercalating students (University of Manchester, including St Andrews) satisfactory achievement in years 1 to 4 of the undergraduate medical programme, with no failure at any examination in the past two academic years. Home and international graduates: undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) in a biomedical science and can demonstrate relevant experience and commitment to oncology research. Externally funded students from other UK medical schools may transfer to Manchester for one year to undertake the MRes programme:Students will be individually assessed on their previous academic performance to ensure that they have the necessary aptitude for research

Months of entry


Course content

Cancer is a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Approximately 300,000 people develop the disease each year in the UK. Unravelling the basis of tumourigenesis and development of new therapies is a high priority area 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 creation of this MRes in Oncology draws on the wide range of expertise and research carried out within the University and by its partners within the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, namely the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. This comprises a unique grouping of basic and clinical scientists, many of international renown (the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise ranked the University of Manchester as having the leading cancer studies research group in the UK).

Course aims:
The MRes course aims to provide:

Postgraduate-level training to equip students with the specialist knowledge and research skills to pursue a research career in the fields of medical and clinical oncology
Graduates who will meet the regional, national and international demands for scientists with a broad range of research methods
The MRes course will allow students to:

Enhance their research skills and gain confidence in their research abilities
Improve their chances of finding a PhD or starting a career
Explore which research area they wish to choose for a PhD
Gain personal fulfillment and a sense of achievement

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 575 paper-based or TOEFL 230 computer-based.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Medicine
+44 (0)161 446 8003