University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Molecular Cancer Studies

The programme's central feature on cancer covers cells that fail to respond appropriately to their local environment; by discretely assimilating a variety of extracellular signals, normal cells undergo tightly controlled proliferation and their differentiated fate becomes established; understanding the signalling and cell cycle networks that go awry during tumour evolution, and how cancer cells then manipulate their micro-environment, requires in-depth knowledge of many basic biological processes; researchers are actively engaged in building the knowledge which is an essential 1st step towards developing novel therapeutic strategies.

Entry requirements

A 1st or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject; Lower 2nd Class Honours degree supplemented by appropriate relevant experience may be acceptable; IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) required.

Sponsorship information

Each year the Faculty of Life Sciences has a number of studentships on offer to eligible UK/EU applicants; these studentships are funded by awards from UK research councils (i.e. BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, ESRC, AHRC); studentships are linked to specific PhD projects and are available for applicants to work in the laboratories of named principal investigators; each year the list of funded PhD projects varies; in addition, throughout the year other studentships may be available through charities, internal funds and some industry-sponsored awards; the Faculty has a number of different scholarship options available to international students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 48 months
PhD Part-time - 72 months
MPhil Full-time - 12 months
MPhil Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

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