Taught course

Oral Cancer

University of Dundee · School of Dentistry

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 1st or upper 2nd class BDS degree or 1st or upper 2nd equivalent in a scientific discipline in the field of biological, biochemical or biomedical sciences (lower second class will be considered under exceptional circumstances), with flexibility for accreditation of prior or experiential learning.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes Oral Cancer is establishing a new national biomolecular oral cancer research programme. This course provides a robust and wide- reaching education in both fundamental and applied cancer biology, together with focused training in laboratory research and associated methodology.

There is a particular focus on oral cancer, its aetiology, diagnosis and management. The Dundee Dental School is ideally placed to deliver this course, with all the expertise available to delivery an excellent, high quality and relevant degree programme.

This is the only MRes programme in the UK with a specific focus on oral cancer and complements the establishment of the CRUK Cancer Centre at Dundee. It satisfies a major component and recommendation of the Strategy for Oral Health Research in Scotland document which was published in December 2010.

The aims of the programme are to provide students with a Masters level postgraduate education in the knowledge and understanding of molecular aspects of cancer with a particular emphasis on oral cancer, its aetiology, diagnosis and management, and with considerable experience in the design and execution of a substantive laboratory‐focused research project in the field of molecular oncology.

The MRes is taught full-time over one year (September to August). Semester one provides in-depth teaching and directed study on the molecular biology of cancer, with a particular emphasis on oral cancer, and comprises five compulsory modules plus a mandatory course introduction/orientation.

Following the successful completion of the taught modules 1‐4, students will be guided to focus on a specific research project, which, after completion of a series of practical classes and a relevant literature review, to be carried out in semester 2 and throughout the remainder of the year.

The Programme is taught through a combination of face‐to‐face lectures, tutorials, discussion group work and journal clubs, self‐ directed study and supervised laboratory research.

Information for international students

Based in the Dental School, there is a vibrant community of overseas students, primarily from Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, studying different aspects of Dentistry from both undergraduate to postgraduate level. Please visit our website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Dorothy Crouch
+44 (0)1382 635987