M.Res. On Campus


The University of Manchester

12 months
27000 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The MRes Oncology course from The University of Manchester will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for a career in cancer research.


Cancer is a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Approximately 300,000 people develop the disease each year in the UK.

Understanding the basis of tumourigenesis and developing new therapies are high priority areas for investment, especially since the economic burden of cancer is increasing. The field of oncology encompasses a wide variety of biological and physical sciences.

You will learn from renowned basic, translational and clinical scientists at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Manchester Institute and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, with a focus on developing practical research skills.

The Oncology course from The University of Manchester covers the clinical and research aspects of cancer care, and you will have access to an exceptionally wide range of research projects in basic cancer biology, translational areas and clinical cancer care and imaging.

This MRes has both taught and research components and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience.


Our MRes course aims to provide postgraduate level training that will equip you with the specialist knowledge and research skills to pursue a research career in the fields of medical and clinical oncology.You will gain an understanding of the scientific basis of cancer and its treatments, as well as the skills needed to evaluate the potential efficacy of new treatments.This course also offers the potential to:

  • gain hands-on research experience;
  • work with world-renowned experts;
  • use state-of-the-art research equipment;
  • publish your work and attend national and international conferences;
  • be taught by speakers at the forefront of national and international cancer research;
  • undertake laboratory or clinical-based research projects at the Christie Hospital site, the largest cancer centre in Europe with some of the UK's leading cancer researchers;
  • enhance your research skills and gain confidence in your research abilities.

Career opportunities

Our MRes is ideal for high calibre graduates, students and professionals wishing to undertake directly channelled research training in the clinical and medical oncology field.

If you are a medical student, the MRes will help you to decide whether to pursue a medical career in oncology or in clinical academia.

For biomedical science graduates, the MRes offers the research experience increasingly needed for successful application to a PhD programme in cancer research.

Our previous students have used the knowledge gained from the course to pursue careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, clinical trials management and medicine.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods 
  • Clinical Masterclass
  • Lecture Series 
  • Tutorial course unit 
  • Two research placements 
  • Critical analysis of scientific/medical research and literature
  • Information management
  • Study design
  • Basic statistical analysis
  • Ethics, fraud, plagiarism and medical and academic misconduct
  • Presentation skills
  • Scientific writing and publishing skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

We require an undergraduate honours degree (Upper Second or above), or the overseas equivalent in:

  • medicine
  • biomedical sciences
Relevant experience and commitment to oncology research will be beneficial.This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from the University of Manchester and other UK universities.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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