Research course

Cancer Biology/Molecular Oncology

University of Nottingham · School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

We can offer a range of exciting postgraduate opportunities in the discipline of cancer biology and molecular oncology. Our projects focus on molecular mechanisms underlying carcinogenesis, cell transformation and tumour suppression. We offer three- and four-year PhD programmes, supported by short, taught courses that will broaden your scientific knowledge and give you high-quality training in both generic and advanced research skills. We also offer one year intensive MRes projects.

Currently we can offer projects in the following areas:

  • nuclear receptor-corepressor functions in cancer cells;
  • Altered histone modifications induced by fusion proteins MOZ-TIF2 in leukaemia;
  • The role of BTG1, BTG2 and TOB1 in the regulation of cell proliferation;
  • polyadenylation as a potential therapeutic target in cancer;
  • aberrant RNA functions in tumours;
  • Our research is relevant to a number of different tumour types including;
  • leukaemia, B‑cell lymphoma and lymphocytic leukaemia, breast tumours;
  • prostate tumour and glioblastomas.

Our research laboratories are located within the multi-disciplinary Centre for Biomolecular Sciences (CBS). We have direct access to state-of-the-art facilities and technologies, including confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, quantitative PCR, next generation sequencing, fluorescence spectroscopy, structural biology and drug discovery. We have a strong network of interactions with clinical scientists, pathologists and cancer specialists via the Cancer Research Nottingham network.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) for clinical projects and 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element) for science projects.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559