Master's Opportunities

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Discover the postgraduate taught and research opportunities available in Manchester that will provide you with a Master’s or equivalent degree in a relevant cancer field. The courses are designed to provide you with taught and research experience helping you to enhance and develop essential skills that open up possible careers in your chosen field.

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MClin Res Clinical Research

The University of Manchester’s MClin Res Clinical Research course is aimed at health professionals and others working in a health setting who want to develop careers in clinical research, clinical and academic practice, or academic research with a strong clinical practice component.

You will develop in-depth knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of research and skills in research methods relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary health and social care settings.

Find out more on the MClin Res Clinical Research course website.


MRes Experimental Medicine (Cancer)

The MRes Experimental Medicine (Cancer) programmes will give nurses, doctors, clinical researchers and clinical trials co-ordinators the skills needed to work in early phase clinical studies.

You will learn how to master experimental medicine with a focus on cancer through a combination of traditional teaching and hands-on learning, spending a year as a member of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Team at The Christie whilst also taking four, structured taught units.

Find out more on the MRes Experimental Medicine (Cancer) course website.


MRes Oncology

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

The course 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.

Find out more on the MRes Oncology course website.


MSc/PGDip/PGCert Cancer Biology and Radiotherapy Physics

The Cancer Biology and Radiotherapy Physics course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed for a career in cancer research and/or cancer therapy involving ionising radiation.

  • Learn from academics and clinical scientists in a range of fields, including biology, engineering, physics and oncology.
  • Access MR-Linac and proton therapy research facilities at The Christie to undertake unique research projects unavailable anywhere else in the UK and most of Europe.

Find out more on the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Cancer Biology and Radiotherapy Physics webpage.


MSc/PGDip/PGCert Online Course Transformative Oncology

If you want to reposition yourself as a leader in oncology, but don’t want to take time out from your important work to study, this fully online MSc course will allow you to learn flexibly while still working.

During this course, you will

  • Develop new interdisciplinary approaches to expedite the early detection of cancer.
  • Learn from world-renowned cancer specialists and researchers, understanding cutting edge technology and embracing diversity to meet whole-population needs.
  • Understand the patient pathway to develop personalised strategies for cancer treatment.
  • Develop critical insight into the physical principles underpinning radiotherapy, medical imaging for radiotherapy, treatment planning and future developments of radiotherapy.

Find out more on the Transformative Oncology webpage.


MSc Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine

The MSc Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine course will give you thorough training in this area alongside lab-based research placements.

The course involves three transferable skills units covering topics such as experimental design and statistics and science communication, as well as two research placements in the labs of leading researchers working on processes relating to tumourigenesis. These include:

  • understanding cell cycle control mechanisms and how they are disrupted in the formation of a tumour;
  • investigating the cell fate choices of normal cells, and how these differ in cancer cells;
  • investigating how cell signals regulate gene expression in different types of cells, and how this flow of information is compromised in cancer cells.

Find out more on the MSc Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine course website.


MSc Molecular Pathology

The University of Manchester’s flexible, blended MSc Molecular Pathology course will enable you to take advantage of growing opportunities within this field, which is critically important for translational medicine, both in cancer and non-cancer diseases.

The number of academic pathologists trained in molecular pathology has steadily declined over the past 20 years. As such, it has been identified as an area requiring support and development by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Royal College of Pathologists, creating careers opportunities for students and professionals alike.

The master’s course is aimed at medical students, biomedical scientists, medical practitioners and trainee pathologists who want to learn more about molecular pathology. Trainee pathologists can take our course as part of an existing training programme.

You will benefit from a unique focus on the molecular analysis of tissue samples and take optional units in various areas of laboratory medicine and emerging diagnostic methods, such as proteomics and chemical pathology.

Find out more on the MSc Molecular Pathology course website.


MSc/PGDip Medical Imaging Science

The MSc in Medical Imaging Science covers multidisciplinary topics of central importance in diagnosis, treatment monitoring and patient management.

As medical imaging involves knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, technology and computation, our course is suitable if you want to expand your horizons in these disciplines.

You will cover the basic science and technology behind the principal imaging modalities currently used in medicine and medical research, as well as advanced imaging methods, clinical and research applications, imaging biomarkers and computational methods.

Find out more on the MSc Medical Imaging Science course website.


MSc Specialist Practice (Cancer)

The MSc Specialist Practice (Cancer) course is a partnership between The University of Manchester and The Christie School of Oncology aimed at nurses and other health professionals who want to develop their professional skills and clinical practice in oncology.

You will develop an expert knowledge base, higher decision-making skills and professional competencies to deliver care within the integrated multi-professional clinical teams that will form the basis of future healthcare delivery.

Find out more on the MSc Specialist Practice (Cancer) course website.


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