Taught course

Cancer Biology

University of Dundee · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second class Honours degree (lower second class Honours, in exceptional circumstances) or an equivalent qualification in a scientific discipline in the field of biological, biochemical or biomedical sciences.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Dundee has an international reputation for the quality of its cancer research. There are over 50 cancer research groups within the university and current funding is about £40 million.

The MRes Cancer Biology course brings together both basic and translational aspects of Cancer Biology to provide a comprehensive, in depth coverage of our current knowledge of the mechanisms underpinning cancer development, the key challenges that lie ahead, and the recent innovations for improving existing, and developing novel, rational-based therapeutic approaches.

The course combines a semester of lectures, tutorials and discussion groups led by internationally renowned scientists and clinicians, followed by a 6-month laboratory-based research project in the Division of Cancer Research. Students gain an in-depth training in the molecular biology of cancer, critical analysis and cutting edge research techniques. This training, coupled with the extended research project, provides students with an excellent foundation for further postgraduate study at PhD level and for subsequent academic or industrial research careers.

Areas of particular clinical strength at the University of Dundee include:

  • surgical oncology
  • breast cancer
  • colon cancer
  • skin cancer.

Areas of strength in basic cancer biology include:

  • DNA replication
  • chromosome biology
  • the cell cycle
  • cell signalling
  • pharmacogenomics
  • targets for drug discovery.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Mrs Rosalyn Taylor
+44 (0)1382 383653