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MSc Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine University of Manchester




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Course description

Our MSc Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine course will give you thorough training in this area alongside lab-based research placements.

As this is a research-focused master's course, you will take an interactive approach to learning through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and research placements rather than traditional lectures.

You will take three transferable skills units covering topics such as experimental design and statistics and science communication, as well as two research placements in the labs of leading researchers working on various processes relating to tumourigenesis. These include:

  • understanding cell cycle control mechanisms and how they are disrupted in the formation of a tumour;
  • investigating the cell fate choices of normal cells, and how these differ in cancer cells;
  • investigating how cell signals regulate gene expression in different types of cells, and how this flow of information is compromised in cancer cells.

If you want to broaden your expertise beyond molecular cancer research, you can undertake a research placement in another area of molecular biomedicine.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including tutorials, workshops, seminars and research placements.

Career opportunities

The extensive laboratory experience you will gain on this course will equip you for a future career in bioscience research.

The University has a strong record of placing students in PhD programmes at Manchester and other universities, and several of our graduates have pursued research careers in industry.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MSc Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine.

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees

£26,000.00 (26,88,925) per year

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.




The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,



M13 9PL, England

Entry requirement for international students

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent : biological sciences; medical sciences; With sufficient evidence of relevant units taken related to cancer; If your undergraduate degree is in medicine or pharmacy, please contact us prior to making an application, providing details of your biology related lab skills and experience. International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. Specifically, we require a minimum of: IELTS : 6.5 overall (6.5 in each component); TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at University of Manchester.

Paterson Institute for Cancer Research Studentships

Value of scholarship

Stipend at Cancer Research UK rates; tuition fee coverage and support for associated project costs.

Application details:

Typically October/November for PhD places commencing the following October. Applicants must apply directly to the Paterson Institute and not the University using the Paterson 4 Year Studentship Application Form.

Eligibility requirements:

Applicants should have attained (or be expected to obtain) a first or upper second class degree in a relevant subject from a recognised higher education institution. This funding is available to all nationalities. For applicants whose first language is not English the typical minimum English language requirements are IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 577 (TWE 5.5; paper-based), 233 (TWE 5.5; computer-based) or 90 (internet-based; minimum of 22 in each component). Subjects must fall within the field of oncology research. This funding is available to students undertaking study in: Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Cell Biology, Genetics, Life Sciences, Medical Biochemistry, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physiology.

Who can apply:

All international

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