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

A wide-reaching education in both fundamental and applied cancer biology, focusing on oral cancer, its aetiology, diagnosis and management.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

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.

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Aye Thwe speaks about why she chose to study Oral Cancer at the University of Dundee

The MRes Oral Cancer has been developed from the innovative collaboration between the School of Medicine 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.

The course is aimed primarily at early career dentists and has been designed to prepare participants for clinical academic research careers.

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.

Oral Cancer MRes

This is the only MRes course in the UK with a specific focus on oral cancer. It covers both fundamental and applied cancer biology, together with focused training in laboratory research and associated methodology.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

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%).

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 its aetiology, diagnosis and treatment.  The modules taught will cover a range of topics which may include proliferation, signalling and cancer cell biology. A series of practical classes will give students relevant laboratory experience.

Following the successful completion of the taught modules students will be guided to focus on a specific research project, which, after completion of a relevant literature review, will be carried out in semester 2 and throughout the remainder of the year.

This is your opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in semester 1 . Various projects are offered within the Dental School and you get to choose the one that interests you the most.

The course is ideal for those who have little or no experience  of the application of various cell and molecular biology techniques. It is intended to act as a platform for those who wish to go on to  apply for a PhD, once the MRes in Oral cancer has been achieved.

Initially you will be closely supervised, thereafter  you will be expected to develop your research ideas and present them at appropriate research study days organised within the Dental School.

Students are timetabled for a variety of different learning experiences that reflect the multidisciplinary way in which oral cancer is managed in the UK. From core lectures that look at the fundamentals of aetiology and diagnosis to clinical attachments, these may include attending the Oral  Oncology clinic at Ninewells hospital (where you will see the  team making decisions on investigations, treatment and post therapy care).

One of the greatest challenges is what to do with the early premalignant or potentially malignant lesions. You may also have the opportunity to attend the Dysplasia clinic and discuss management with one of our consultants. A series of tutorials are also arranged with key clinicians who are experts in their field including oncologists and oral & maxillofacial surgeons.

For this module you will study Basic Principles of scientific method, including ethics,  standard molecular and cell biology laboratory techniques and formulation of an experimental plan and data analysis. You will also study critical analysis of the literature and presentation a critical summary of a paper to peers.

For this module you will study the regulation of gene expression, transcription, DNA replication, DNA damage and repair, genome instability, oncogenes and tumour suppressors. You will also study Cell cycle control, cell proliferation, immortalization and senescence, the regulation of cell death and survival, signalling pathways in cancer: mechanisms/therapeutic targets, Cancer cell metabolism, invasion and metastasis.

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.

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are 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.

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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.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £17,950 per year of study
Rest of UK students £17,950 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,950 per year of study
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You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowOral Cancer MResP050310

Course Contact

Professor Graham Ogden
Dentistry
MREs-Oral-Cancer@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 381725