This is the only MRes programme in the UK with a specific focus on oral cancer. It provides a robust and wide-reaching education in both fundamental and applied cancer biology, together with focused training in laboratory research and associated methodology. There is a particular focus on oral cancer, its aetiology, diagnosis and management.
Why study Oral Cancer at Dundee?
Dundee University is internationally renowned for the quality of its cancer research and has over 50 cancer research groups: current funding for cancer research is about £40 million from research councils and charities.
This course offers a Masters level postgraduate education in the knowledge and understanding of molecular aspects of cancer with a particular emphasis on oral cancer, its aetiology, diagnosis and management. We offer outstanding research-focused teaching from internationally-renowned scientists and clinicians.
The MRes Oral Cancer will also provide you with considerable experience in the design and execution of a substantive laboratory-focused research project in the field of molecular oncology.
Throughout the course, you can also take part in journal clubs to develop your critical analytical skills. In addition, you will be given comprehensive training in academic writing and presentation skills.
What's so good about studying Oral Cancer at Dundee?
The MRes Oral Cancer has been developed from the innovative collaboration between the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and the School of Life Sciences, and it complements the establishment of the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Centre here in Dundee.
The Dundee Cancer Centre aims to enhance cancer research and apply discoveries to improve patient care. Key to this is training the next generation of cancer researchers.
Who should study this course?
The course is aimed primarily at early career dentists and has been designed to prepare participants for clinical academic research careers.
Teaching & Assessment
The MRes will be taught full-time over one year (September to August).
Note that there will be the opportunity for students to exit with a PGCert in Oral Cancer after successful completion of modules 1-4.
How you will be taught
The course will be taught through a combination of face-to-face lectures, tutorials, discussion group work and journal clubs, self-directed study and supervised laboratory research.
What you will study
Semester one will provide in-depth teaching and directed study on the molecular biology of cancer, with a particular emphasis on oral cancer, and comprises five compulsory modules plus a mandatory course introduction/orientation:
- Module 1: Cell Proliferation and Cancer
- Module 1a: Research Techniques
- Module 2: Cell Signalling and Cancer
- Module 3: Cancer Cell Biology
- Module 4: Oral Cancer: Aetiology, Diagnosis and Management
Following the successful completion of the taught modules 1-4, students will be guided to focus on a specific research project, which, after completion of a series of practical classes and a relevant literature review, will be carried out in semester 2 and throughout the remainder of the year.
How you will be assessed
Modules 1-4 will be assessed by examination (60%) and coursework (40%). The research project will be assessed by coursework and oral examination (100%).
The course is aimed primarily at early career dentists and has been designed to prepare participants for clinical academic research careers. Upon graduating, participants will be ideally positioned to continue to postgraduate study, at PhD level.
1st or upper 2nd class BDS degree or 1st or upper 2nd equivalent in a scientific discipline in the field of biological, biochemical or biomedical sciences (lower second class will be considered under exceptional circumstances), with flexibility for accreditation of prior or experiential learning.
English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component less than 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.
Fees and Funding
Sources of Funding
Information about the College of Life Sciences, School of Learning & Teaching scholarships can be found on the College of Life Sciences, School of Learning & Teaching scholarships webpage.
Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.
- Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
- Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
- As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.
How to Apply
This new course is awaiting formal approval from the University of Dundee, for now, please register your interest, and we will contact you as soon as we have opened the applications.
Course ContactDr D (Sam) Crouch
University of Dundee
Telephone: 01382 635987 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 635987 (from outside the UK)
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Admissions and Student Recruitment
University of Dundee
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