Cancer Biology MRes (and degree combinations)

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Full Time

This postgraduate course will provide you with a robust education in applied cancer biology. You will gain focused training in laboratory research with support from experts in the field of cancer biology. 

MRes Cancer Biology

This research-centred taught Masters programme covers the fundamental and translational science of carcinogenesis, cancer biology, diagnosis and therapy.

MRes Cancer Biology

Why study this course at Dundee?

  • The University of Dundee has an international reputation for the quality of its cancer research
  • There are over 50 cancer research groups within the university and current funding is about £40 million
  • The MRes Cancer Biology provides you with specialised training in molecular cancer research
  • The course covers the science of carcinogenesis, cancer biology, diagnosis and therapy
  • Our teaching team includes renowned scientists and clinicians from around the world
MRes Cancer Biology

3 great reasons to study the MRes Cancer Biology at the University of Dundee

What is so good about this course?

The MRes Cancer Biology is the result of a unique collaboration between the School of Medicine and the School of Life Sciences.  

It complements the establishment of Dundee's Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Centre. The Dundee Cancer Centre's aim is to drive research progress in bowel, breast and skin cancers. Key to this is training the next generation of cancer researchers.

Areas of particular strength at the University of Dundee include:

  • surgical oncology
  • breast cancer
  • colon cancer
  • radiation biology
  • clinical oncology
  • skin cancer
  • pharmacogenomics

Areas of strength in basic cancer biology include:

  • DNA replication
  • chromosome biology
  • the cell cycle
  • cell signalling 
  • targets for drug discovery

What do our graduates think? 

“My decision to join the University of Dundee was based on its well-known international reputation, for the good profile of the researchers here and the well designed and structured programme. In a short time you gain a very solid background in cancer biology and meanwhile you have sufficient time to improve your skills. Finishing the course in Dundee University shaped my future career and shaped my scientific approach.”

Mahmood Yaseen Hachim

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.

The MRes degree course is taught full-time over three semesters.

The first semester provides in-depth teaching and directed study on the molecular biology of cancer, and covers:

  1. Basic cell and molecular biology, and introduction to cancer biology
  2. Cell proliferation and cancer
  3. Cell signalling and cancer
  4. Cancer cell biology
  5. Carcinogenesis, cancer treatment and prevention

Specific training in research methodology and techniques is delivered in semesters one and two.

Students will also be required to take part in a journal club to further develop their critical review skills.

In semesters two and three students will be individually guided to focus on a specific cancer research topic which will be the subject of a literature review and associated laboratory research project. The research project is based in laboratories with state-of-the-art facilities, and under the leadership of world-class researchers.

Exams on the taught element of the programme will be held at the end of semester one. Essays and assignments will also contribute to the final mark, and the dissertation will be assessed through the production of a thesis and a viva exam.

The MRes Cancer Biology is designed to prepare students for academic or industrial research careers. Graduates will be ideally-positioned to pursue further postgraduate study at PhD level.

Year of Entry: 2016

A First or Upper Second class Honours degree (lower second class Honours, in exceptional circumstances) or an equivalent qualification in a scientific discipline in the field of biological, biochemical or biomedical sciences.

EU and International students

For entry requirements tailored to your home country visit the Your Country pages.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.


English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year.  These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.  Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme  (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.

Fee statusFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish, Rest of UK and EU students £7,500 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants

Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Apply online via UKPASS

Course Contact

Ms Rosalyn Taylor
+44 (0)1382 383266