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Biomedical Science (Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer) MRes

St George's, University of London
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: 01 June 2021

Program description

Biomedical Science (Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer) MRes

In 2014 there were over 350,000 new cases of cancer in the UK alone. By some estimates 42% of cases are preventable. This specialist programme is aimed at those interested in understanding how basic cell pathways can be subverted during cancer development.

Biomedical scientists work at the cutting edge of research and medicine, helping to solve some of the most threatening diseases and conditions facing mankind. St George’s boasts a renowned heritage in this field, constantly developing new and innovative solutions to enhance diagnosis, prevention and treatment of numerous diseases. Edward Jenner, the ‘father of immunology’ who successfully performed the first vaccination against smallpox, was based at St George’s. More recently, our research has included a focus on tuberculosis, malaria and HIV in low and middle income countries.

You can look forward to working directly alongside high-calibre researchers who are leading experts in their fields. You will learn numerous, valuable transferable skills, including critical appraisal, problem solving, research techniques, accessing technology for FRET and TURF, utilising large data, numeracy, and presenting skills.

Admission requirements

To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the entry criteria
  • write a personal statement
  • provide two suitable references.

Undergraduate degree or equivalent

You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2).For healthcare graduates, a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1stAugust on the year of entry.

We welcome applications from individuals from a range of backgrounds, including humanities, science and healthcare.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries and use UKNARIC to assess.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core modules

  • Research methods
  • Statistics
  • Research project planning and management
  • Research project

Specialist module – Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer

This 30 credit module will provide a basic introduction to the normal functioning of relevant cellular pathways and an indication of how problems can arise. You will then be able to select an individual project and carry out detailed original research into your chosen area.

The module will develop your understanding of the fundamental cellular and molecular principles governing tumorigenesis, and of how the biology of cancer has led – and will continue to lead – to new therapies.

This pathway will take advantage of active research taking place at St George’s in a wide variety of cellular and molecular processes that are compromised in cancer. This will allow you to explore the key scientific advances that have led to the modern view of cancer as a disease of altered cell signalling arising from DNA damage. The module will also give you insight into how new sequencing technologies and ‘omics’ methodologies are providing novel insights into susceptibility to and development of cancer.

Past research projects

  • The cAMP pathway in regulation of melanocyte differentiation: implications for skin cancer
  • What is the role of the human TTC4 protein in apoptosis, proliferation and cancer?
  • Analysis of the defects in replicative DNA polymerases linked to cancer predisposition and tumour development

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Teaching for core modules is concentrated in the autumn term. Teaching for specialist modules takes place over the year. Throughout this time you will either be attending lectures or laboratory sessions on most days of the week. Students choose their projects and start with laboratory work from mid-October and complete their research by September.

Tuition fees

  • UK students: £13,750 per year
  • International and EU students: £23,500 per year

Continuing studies

This compelling course enables you to continue that pioneering work. It will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience for a rewarding career in biomedical science or to progress on to a fulfilling research degree such as a PhD.

Career opportunities

If you want to pursue a career in biomedical research – whether in academia, industry or government – this course will open up a world of opportunities. Many St George’s graduates have gone on to work in a variety of exciting and fulfilling careers in the biotech industry.

This course is highly effective in accelerating your development within your general healthcare career. The depth and quality of the academic research that you will undertake on your nine month project will also put you in a good position to apply for a PhD.

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About this institute

St George's, University of London

At St George’s, University of London, we’ve been improving health for over 250 years. As the UK’s specialist health university, we offer a wide array of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in medicine, health and science, from the exploration of global...

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Why study at St George's, University of London

At St George’s, University of London, we’ve been improving health for over 250 years. As the UK’s specialist health university, we offer a wide array of medicine, science and allied health courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level to provide you with the skills and experience you need to take your next step.

St George’s excellence has been recognised by The Complete University Guide as the top university for graduate prospects for four years in a row. We prepare our students with the skills and knowledge to develop into well-rounded individuals equipped for the lifelong careers.

Our close links with local healthcare trusts, in particular St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with which we share a campus, put us in a unique position to give our students a real taste of what their future working lives hold. St George’s is tackling today’s challenges head-on, such as the work our researchers, staff and students are currently undertaking to combat Covid-19. By studying with us, you will join a community that is making a difference.

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