Cancer Biology

World-class training in research at the interface between computational and clinical translational science

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
CampusHammersmith
ECTS: 90 credits

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Open to applications for 2018 entry
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Overview

Our Cancer Informatics stream offers world-class training in research at the interface between computational and clinical translational science.

Our emphasis is on a research-orientated approach, and the programme comprises both theoretical and practical elements.

The course embraces cutting-edge developments in the field, and you will experience some of the most technologically advanced approaches currently being applied to the broad field of cancer research.

Choosing a stream

We offer two streams in Cancer Biology:

  • Cancer Informatics
    MRes Cancer Biology (Cancer Informatics)

Your choice of stream will inform the modules you study and choice of research projects. The structure of the course and assessment methods are broadly the same for both streams.

What is informatics?

Informatics broadly covers the handling and analysis of data and is fast becoming one of the most desirable skills for postgraduate studies in biological fields. This is due to the widespread adoption of high-throughput molecular profiling technologies, in conjunction with the practice of uploading datasets to standard publically available online repositories.

We will provide you with the skills to leverage these large biological and clinical datasets to address novel hypotheses in order to gain new insights into molecular biology and to have a competitive advantage over other biological students.

Study programme

The course comprises an initial 4/5-week taught component shared with the Cancer Biology Stream 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 covered within the lectures you will attend and will be partly based on the lecturer's own research, making use of the excellent researchers we have at Imperial College London. Alongside lectures, there are a series of workshops covering key transferable skills such as oral presentation of scientific data and grant writing.

To facilitate your learning, you will be provided with a textbook and will present assigned chapters and additional research in small groups to the rest of the cohort. These Book Chapter Presentations will be spread out over the taught component of the course.

As a Cancer Informatics student, you will receive 3 weeks of intense informatics training through lectures and workshops with Imperial College London academics, and industry experts. Once you complete your informatics assignment, you will enter your projects (15 weeks, and then 20 weeks).

Careers

This MRes is designed for aspiring researchers – 75% of the 2015-16 cohort are currently studying for a PhD, and those in employment have entered into roles such as Research Scientist, Research Assistant, and Scientific Officer.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Bioinformatics
  • Grant Writing Exercise
  • Poster presentation
  • Project 1 – Informatics
  • Project 2
  • Statistics

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Technical workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Student-led presentations

Assessment

  • Cancer Informatics Assignment
  • Mock Grant Proposal
  • Poster Presentation
  • Projects (Thesis and Viva)

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£10,600

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£32,500

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in an appropriate science subject.

As this is a Master’s of Research with a short taught component, it is a distinct advantage for applicants to have previous lab experience.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Applications to this course are considered in batches, if received by the deadline and with at least one reference attached. Please ensure your referees respond to a request for a reference before the deadline date. The deadlines for 2018 entry are:

  • 31 January 2018
  • 23 April 2018
  • 29 June 2018

Should all spaces on this course be filled prior to the deadline dates the Department will close to applications early.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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