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Experimental Cancer Medicine (MRes)

This course will enable you to work within a leading Phase 1 cancer clinical trials unit.

Experimental Cancer Medicine Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Offering a mix of taught and experiential learning, our MRes in Experimental Cancer Medicine is designed for physician, nursing and clinical research students who are considering a career in Phase 1 clinical studies.

You will spend a year as a member of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Team at The Christie while also taking four structured taught course units.

As a nursing and physician student enrolled on this course, you will be expected to participate in patient care. For clinical trials coordinators, no direct patient contact is envisaged.

Our course offers a foundation for roles within other experimental cancer medicine centres within the UK and EU, as well as careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, clinical trials management and medicine.

What is an MRes?

A taught Master of Research (MRes) degree provides preparatory training for academic research. Find out more about what an MRes course entails.

Learn more

More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.


Degree awarded
Master of Research
MRes FT 12 months, PG Cert PT 12 months
Entry requirements

You are required to have a 2:1 BSc in the life sciences, pharmaceutics, biotechnology or pharmacy from any UK university, or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard as approved by The University of Manchester.

We also require you to hold existing qualifications to conduct clinical research as a General Medical Council registered physician, Nursing and Midwifery Council registered nurse or clinical trial coordinator, including evidence of current good clinical practice training.

Relevant experience and commitment to oncology research will be beneficial.

International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Up to 9 places available.
Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
How to apply

Applications for 2017 entry are now closed as all places have been filled. Applications for 2018 entry will open in September 2017.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully.


Your application form must have the following documents:

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly ;
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English);
  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English);
  • A personal statement - This should be a page in length including: why you want to undertake this course of study; any relevant past experience and what you think you can bring to the course; how this course fits into your future career plans; any other information you think relevant to your application;
  • Full curriculum vitae including voluntary experience;
  • A scanned copy of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK;
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or if this is not possible, emailed to . We are unable to consider your application until we have received all of the documents listed above.

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

This course provides you with the opportunity to work within a world class Phase 1 cancer clinical trials unit and, through a mix of taught and experiential learning, to master the discipline of experimental cancer medicine.

You will spend a year as a member of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Team at The Christie. During this year, you will participate in four structured taught modules.

Alongside the taught elements, you will be allocated to one or more clinical trials that are being conducted by The Christie experimental cancer medicine team. You will have a named trainer and be exposed to tasks required in the setup, delivery, interpretation and audit of a clinical study.

As a nursing and physician student enrolled on this course, you will be expected to participate in patient care, with physicians and nursing staff participating in new and follow-on patient clinics, treatment and care giving episodes with patients.

For clinical trials coordinators, no direct patient contact is envisaged and duties will involve clinical trial setup, protocol amendments, database setup, data entry, costing and billing for clinical research.

You can see an overview of the course and the academic team here .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800
    International students (per annum): £8,600
  • Modular (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,100 per 15 credit module
    International students (per annum): £1,100 per 15 credit module
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies. All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely. For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.