MRes Cancer Biology

Access advanced technology and approaches being used in cancer biology

Key information

1 year full-time

Start date
October 2017

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

MRes Cancer Biology overview
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If you're looking for a career in the fight against cancer - this is the course for you. This full-time MRes offers two research projects to give your future career in cancer biology a boost. With two streams on offer – Cancer Biology, and Cancer Informatics – we have the options available for you to choose the best way for you to use your life-sciences degree to meet your objective. We will provide you with a broad-training in research as well as theoretical and practical skills to help you take the next step in your career.


There are two streams available:

The format of the stream and assessment method is the same for all students, but the core programme and choice of research projects are determined by stream.

Entry requirements

  • First degree in life sciences (minimum upper second class honours)
  • One relevant lab experience

Is this programme for you?

You will perform novel laboratory-based research, accumulate experimental findings and exercise critical scientific thought in the interpretation of those findings.

The course comprises both theoretical and practical elements, embracing cutting-edge developments in the field. You will experience some of the most technologically advanced approaches currently being applied to the broad field of cancer research.

As the taught component of the MRes is short, you will be expected to have sufficient lab experience in order to be able you to hit the ground running when you enter the lab.

You will need to be an independent person, who is looking for a challenge. If you're not afraid of hard work then we would welcome an application from you!


Decisions on applications are made in batches, with the following deadlines for each batch:

  • 09:00 GMT (UTC) Wednesday, 31 January 2018
  • 09:00 BST (UTC+1) Monday, 23 April 2018
  • 09:00 BST (UTC+1) Tuesday, 31 July 2018

You will receive notification of a conditional offer or rejection in the weeks following these deadlines. If you do not hear from us, it is because you have been placed on the waiting list. We withhold the right to close application early, so ensure that you submit your application sooner, rather than later.

Please note that we are unable to consider your application without at least one academic reference from your most recent institution.

Programme structure

The course comprises an initial four/five week taught component in which the cellular and molecular basis of cancer biology are covered, plus an introduction to the clinical and pathological aspects of carcinogenesis. This information is contained within the lectures which will partly be on the lecturer's own research, making use of the excellent researchers we have within Imperial College London. Within this period will also be a series of workshops covering key transferable skills such as oral presentation of scientific data and grant writing.

This is followed by two separate research placements of roughly 20 weeks each (Sample of recent research projects titles) within the recently created Imperial College Cancer Research UK Centre, the Faculty of Medicine at the Hammersmith Hospital campus of Imperial College and other collaborating institutes across London (Institute of Clinical Sciences, The Francis Crick Institute).

Some of the laboratories within the Division of Cancer in which you can do your research project can be found under Cancer Research at the Department of Surgery and Cancer.

 Key benefits

  • Provide science graduates with an excellent introduction to the cellular and molecular biological basis of cancer
  • Enable students to experience some of the most technologically advanced and diverse approaches currently being applied in the broad field of cancer biology through two independent 19-week research projects, at the Imperial College Cancer Research UK Centre and collaborating research institutes
  • Introduce students to the research environment, develop the experimental expertise required to embark on an independent research career and provide training in key transferable skills including bioinformatics and scientific writing
  • Facilitate interactions between clinical and non-clinical scientists
  • Enable the cross-fertilisation of ideas and approaches bringing about greater understanding and future productive collaboration between scientists with differing backgrounds