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Biomedical Science (Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer) MRes
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 has enjoyed an outstanding track record of research and innovation in infectious disease ever since the ‘father of vaccinology’ Edward Jenner, based here, created the world’s first vaccine (against smallpox). More recently, our research has included a focus on tuberculosis, malaria, HIV in low and middle-income countries and Covid-19.
We offer four pathways in Biomedical Science – in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Infection and Immunity, Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer, and Reproduction and Development. Originally established in 2007, they have been growing in strength and reputation ever since, and provide excellent preparation for either a PhD and research within an academic or industrial setting, or a career in the biomedical and medical sector.
This specialist pathway focuses on research to examine DNA damage and gene mutations to help us better understand what causes cancer and how it develops. According to the NHS, one in two people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime, so research is vital not only to improve future treatments, but also identify genetic, environmental, and behavioural risk factors which may prevent it.
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.
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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This module looks at a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research study designs and approaches, their advantages and disadvantages. We focus on good research practice, designing studies using tools and approaches to minimise bias and maximise scientific rigour.
You are introduced to modern statistical techniques and methods so that you can analyse quantitative data and make inferences from the results when undertaking your research project. Emphasis is placed on the language and logic of statistical investigation, and not on formulae or calculations, building your confidence in interpreting and discussing the methods and statistics in biomedical, healthcare and clinical research and literature.
Research project planning and management
This module prepares you for conducting and managing a research project and includes ethical, legal, safety and time management aspects of research. You will learn how to identify and appropriately address any ethical and legal issues in your project, as well as safety issues when working with hazardous substances, organisms or equipment. This will also include lectures on writing up scientific work.
Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer
This pathway module covers the broad area of infectious disease. It will demonstrate how an understanding of the pathogenesis of infection and virulence mechanisms drives vaccine development, antibiotic treatment and immunotherapy. You will learn cellular and molecular responses to infection, including innate and adoptive immune responses, and responses that are deleterious. You will investigate how new sequencing technologies and ‘omics’ methodologies are providing novel insights into the human microbiota, susceptibility to infection, tracking of infectious disease, and mechanisms underlying resistance to antibiotics.
While studying this module, you will learn how to appraise and critically evaluate scientific papers, through a series of journal club sessions and presentations. Appraisal of scientific literature is essential in guiding your own research strategies and objectives, as well as peer reviewing other researchers’ works in your specialist area, for example, reviewing manuscripts submitted for publication in scientific journals.
This is the main module of our MRes course. Dissertation projects will involve the assembly, analysis and interpretation of substantial research data, primarily lab generated, although some projects may involve metanalyses of theoretical data. You will have the freedom to choose from a wide-ranging list of projects, and to work in a vibrant research environment with world-renowned researchers. You will also work with their research teams, PhD students and postdoctoral scientists to gain insight and experience over the course of your project.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
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.
- UK students: £13,750 per year
- International and EU students: £23,500 per year
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.
If you want to pursue a career in biomedical research – whether in academia, industry or government – our course provides a solid foundation which can accelerate your career. On completion, you will be equipped with practical research-based training and skills to plan, conduct, publish and obtain funding for successful research, all vital for career progression.
The depth and quality of the academic research that you will undertake on your nine-month project will provide you with significant research skills and experience, putting you in a good position to apply for a PhD, which many of our students choose to do.
Transferrable skills in critical thinking, communication skills, time management, planning and logistics and data analysis make you well-equipped for a wide range of careers outside the lab, such as medical writing, biomedical marketing, health communication or teaching.
Many St George’s graduates have gone on to work in a variety of exciting and fulfilling careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnical Industries. They have found work with contract research organisations like Immunocore company in Cambridge and academic institutions, such as Imperial College London, the University of Birmingham and here at St George’s. Roughly one in 10 go on to apply for graduate entry medicine.
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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...
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 2022, where we are ranked within the top five universities in the UK for graduate prospects. 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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