PhD and MD supervision is normally available in the following areas:
Exploratory biology and target discovery
Molecular genetic and mechanistic studies are used to identify processes relevant to cancer development and progression, and to validate these processes as targets for therapeutic intervention. A wide range of contemporary molecular biology, biochemical and cell biology techniques are used, and studies focus on breast, ovarian, prostate, bladder and lung cancer, mesothelioma, sarcoma, haematological malignancies (leukaemia and lymphoma) and paediatric solid tumours (neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma).
The exploitation of novel targets is achieved by the use of rational drug design, notably the use of structure-based design, in conjunction with medium-throughput screening. Target molecule synthesis and multiple parallel synthesis approaches are used for lead optimisation, and candidate drugs are evaluated in cell-free and whole cell target-based assays.
Clinical trials (Phase I/II/III) are undertaken in both adults and children. Trials have a strong hypothesis-testing translational research component and are performed under the auspices of national or international research networks (eg CR–UK, CCLG, EORTC), as well as directly in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry.
You can apply until:
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
There is no application closing date but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
We run regular postgraduate seminars and all students are required to attend and to give presentations. Students are also required to attend and present data annually at national cancer research meetings and at least one international meeting during their programme. There are opportunities for you to supplement your income by undertaking laboratory demonstrating and other teaching support work.
Our Medical Sciences Graduate School has a thriving postgraduate research culture, with additional support for international students. We have an excellent record for timely PhD submission, provide training in professional/key skills and research techniques and support personal development.
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.
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You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent. Further research experience or a master’s degree would be advantageous.MD
A MBBS, or an equivalent medical degree.International Students
To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).
Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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