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Teaching

The MRes students will attend the compulsory, but unexamined, 'Lectures in Cancer Biology & Medicine' series. The course comprises of one lecture per week for 34 weeks. The first (approximately) ten lectures will cover the basic biology underpinning cancer, including cell cycle, DNA repair and metastatic mechanisms. The remaining lectures will be taught by researchers from the 12 CRUK Cambridge Centre Programmes and will cover both diagnosis and treatment of site specific-cancers as well as more general areas, including cancer imaging and drug development.

The students will also take part in one week of intensive teaching in genomic medicine of cancer (lectures and computer-based) alongside the students who are undertaking the MPhil in Genomic Medicine.

The students will also receive training in core transferable skills such as presenting data, statistics, and time management.

Students will, in addition, receive practical research training in their laboratory rotations. They will then be supported in writing up their own lab reports and in presenting their work to their peers. Their write-ups will be independently examined by an assessor. Finally, MRes students will receive support from their potential PhD project supervisors when developing their PhD project proposal, which will be formally examined by viva.

One to one supervision

You will be assigned a principal supervisor for each rotation, whom you should expect to see on a regular basis during your time with them.

Each supervisor will provide written feedback to the student each term with progress reports submitted online. The feedback will relate to the progress the student has made and include a specific comment on their research project. This will be discussed with the student in advance of the submission of the report to the University.

Seminars & classes

Students will have the opportunity to attend non-compulsory departmental and CRUK Cambridge Centre seminars.

Lectures

During the MRes year, students will attend a one-hour lecture per week (Thursdays 9.30–10.30am), for 34 weeks and also participate in a one-week-long intensive cancer genomics medicine course, which will comprise of lectures with some computer-based work.

Practicals

Students participate in two 16-weeks laboratory-based rotations, assessed by a report at the end of each one. 

Small group teaching

None

Journal clubs

None but their host rotation laboratories may run their own journal clubs that they will be expected to attend.

Literature_reviews

None

Posters

Oral presentations are given at mini-symposia at the end of each rotation period. Posters will be presented at the CRUK Cambridge Centre Student Symposium, held annually at the end of the academic year.

Placements

During their MRes year, students will undertake a one- to two-week placement, usually in a patient-facing environment such as within a hospital or clinic setting. This will be organised by their host CRUK Cambridge Centre Programme.

Feedback

During the MRes year, project supervisors will provide written feedback as an ongoing part of rotation project supervision and will also give additional feedback on students’ mini-presentations. 

Students will receive written feedback on their rotation project write-ups from independent examiners.

During the PhD, students will receive termly online feedback from their supervisors.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

A thesis is not required for the MRes degree. Instead, two research rotation reports and a PhD proposal will form part of the formal written component of the MRes assessment (see below).

A PhD proposal which is assessed by oral examination is required if the student is to be successful in progressing to a PhD.

Essays

Students will submit a portfolio of research reports, of not more than 20,000 words in total, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices. This will take the form of two rotation reports, one oral presentation, one conference poster and a 6000 word PhD proposal.

The examiners will use these assessments as the basis for making their recommendation on both the award of the MRes degree and, additionally, on whether the student should be allowed to proceed to the full PhD. Written feedback will be provided to the student. 

Practical assessment

Students participate two in 16-weeks laboratory-based rotations, assessed by a report at the end of each one. 

Other

All PhD students are required to undergo formal assessment (by written report and viva) at the end of their first year of the PhD stage of the programme. A successful outcome of this assessment is required before students will be allowed to proceed with their PhD.

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Key Information


1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

Department of Oncology

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Nov. 15, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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