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Cancer, PhD, MD

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #141 (QS) ,
Clinicians, scientists and students engaged in Cancer research at Newcastle University share a common purpose: to improve treatment outcomes for patients with cancer. Work covers a broad spectrum - understanding the biological and molecular differences between normal and malignant cells and using this knowledge to develop new anti-cancer drugs.

About

The Cancer programme at Newcastle University holds postgraduate seminars which you will be required to attend and where you will deliver presentations. You will also attend and present your data annually at national cancer research meetings and at least one international meeting.

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).

Drug development

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

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    There is no application closing date but  specific deadlines for funding may apply.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Programme structure:

  • 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.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • EU/EEA part time: £2,164 - £7,564

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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