University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Basic Dental Science (Cancer Studies)

Research within cancer studies aims to understand the molecular pathology of head and neck cancers, primarily squamous cell carcinoma but also malignant salivary gland tumours. A major focus of the research is verifying at molecular and functional level, the role of candidate genes identified through high density SNP array analyses of these tumours. At molecular level, this involves mutation-, quantitative expression- and promoter hypermethylation-analyses; at functional level, this is involves assaying phenotypic effects of modulating expression of the candidate genes and identifying pathways in which the proteins encoded by these genes act; promising candidates are tested further for correlation of expression with clinical parameters and potential validation as biomarkers.

Entry requirements

Applicants must provide evidence of a primary dental qualification from a recognised institution; IELTS of 6.5 with no less than 6 in the written component TOEFL: 577 paper-based, 233 computer-based, 90 iBT.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a thesis.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 15,700 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 37,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years
MPhil Full-time £ 15,700 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MPhil Full-time £ 37,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MPhil Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

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